Ercole Baldini

Ercole Baldini ( born January 26, 1933, Villanova di Forli ) is an Italian former professional cyclist.

Cycling career

After Ercole Baldini had in 1954 already broken the world hour record for amateurs with 44.870 km, he improved on September 19, 1956, the Milanese Vigorelli track with 46.394 km with generally accepted hour record for professionals. It topped the just three months old record of five -time Tour de France winner Jacques Anquetil to 235 m. Baldini turned pro in 1957 after he had become 1956 Olympic gold medalist in the road race in Melbourne. Because of its championship title and his success Baldini applicable in Italy as Campionissimo - especially in its central Italian home, Emilia Romagna, he is very popular. In 1958 he won the Road Cycling World Championship of professionals.

Baldini, who nicknamed Il Treno di Forlì (Italian = the train from Forli ) was successful both on the track and in road cycling competitions. Above all, his great pace hardness and be cleaner driving style made ​​him a successful time trialist - ( four wins) and the GP des Nations, which he proved by the aforementioned hour record, the world title in the individual pursuit, and at different single and pair time trial, such as when Trofeo Baracchi. Through its well-trained all-round skills he succeeded in 1958, winning the Giro d' Italia.



  • Hour record of amateurs - 44.870 km
  • Amateur world champion in the 4000 -meter individual pursuit
  • ' Hour record - 46.394 km
  • Four stages and Appreciation Giro d' Italia
  • World Champion - Road Race
  • GP Industria e Commercio
  • Baracchi Trophy ( with Aldo Moser )
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • Giro dell'Emilia
  • Baracchi Trophy ( with Aldo Moser )
  • GP des Nations
  • Baracchi Trophy
  • Giro della Calabria
  • Three-time Italian champion ( road and rail )