Gianni Bugno ( born February 14, 1964 in Brugg, Switzerland ) is an Italian former racing driver, who was one of the strongest all-rounder in road cycling in the first half of the 1990s. After End of career, he was president of the Radprofiverbands Cyclistes Professionnels Associés.
Career as a cyclist
Bugno 1985 pro. For a long time his weakness against on descents greater success. After a Innnenohrblockade was diagnosed as the cause of balance problems and was treated with ultrasound, he improved on the slopes. It also means that he had heard on descents in training Mozart to defeat his fear.
His breakthrough celebrated in 1990, when he initially the spring classic Milan-San Remo won, then was able to celebrate a victory in the Giro d' Italia with guidance from the first to the last stage and finally caught the cycling World Cup overall standings. This Bugno is still the last rider in the same year could dominate both one of the great country tours, as well as the classic one-day races.
1991 and 1992 won Bugno twice in a row the Road World Championships, respectively in the sprint ahead of Miguel Indurain and Laurent Jalabert.
His main focus lay Bugno from 1991 but on the Tour de France. In 1990, he had been there occupies the 7th place and two stages (including one mountain stage up to L' Alpe d' Huez ) won. 1991 Bugno reached second place with three and a half minutes behind the new star, the seemingly unbeatable Miguel Indurain, but picked up again after all the victory in L' Alpe d' Huez. 1992 Bugno was again third, had his strongest phase at stage race but behind.
His last major success was his victory in the Tour of Flanders 1994. Thereafter Bugno took over despite its great success again increasingly a role as water-carrier until the end of his career, he won a final stage in the Vuelta a España in 1998.
1994 Bugno tested positive in the Coppa Agostinho on caffeine and locked for doping for three months. He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on probation for the purchase and possession of amphetamines in 1999.
After the active career
After his career as a cyclist Bugno trained as a helicopter pilot. In this role he is, inter alia, worked for the Italian state FernsehenRAI in cycling transfers. He was elected in late 2009 as President of the Radprofiverbands Cyclistes Professionnels Associés. In 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for the political left at a regional election.