Antonio Bevilacqua

Antonio "Toni" Bevilacqua ( born October 22, 1918 in Santa Maria di Sala, † March 29, 1972 in Mestre ) was an Italian racing driver and two -time world champion.

Antonio Bevilacqua was next to Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi 's most successful cyclist of Italy in the 1940s and 1950s; at the same time he was one of the most versatile, on railway and road. His first big success was a second place in 1942 at Milan-San Remo. In several years he occupied top positions at stages of the Giro d' Italia. In 1950 he became Italian Road Champion; In the same year he won with Fiorenzo Magni, the pair time trial Trofeo Baracchi before Fausto Coppi and his brother Serse and the Trittico Lombardo. In 1951, Antonio Bevilacqua third in the World Cup on the road; In the same year he won Paris -Roubaix and the Giro del Veneto. In 1952 he was the winner of Milan - Vignola.

Twice, in 1950 and 1951, Bevilacqua was world champion in the pursuit on the track, in 1947 and 1952, he finished second in 1948 to third place. In addition, he has received several Italian Champion in this discipline. He ran even with eight six-day race and finished in 1950 with Alvaro Giorgetti in New York in second place. 1955 ended Bevilacqua his cycling career. In 1972, he died in a car accident.

In Cesiomaggiore the local bicycle museum was named after Toni Bevilacqua.