Gianni Motta

Gianni Motta ( born March 13, 1943 in Cassano d' Adda ) is an Italian former racing cyclist.

After winning the Giro della Valle d' Aosta in 1963 he became a relatively unknown junior driver as 21 -year-old to the Professional solutions and had been in the first year of his professional career seven first places, including the pair of time trial Trofeo Baracchi ( with Fornoni ) and the classic Lombardy tour fought for. His greatest successes he achieved in stage race by winning the overall title of the Giro d' Italia in 1966, the Tour de Suisse in 1967, twice the Tour de Romandie (1966, 1971).

The Giro d' Italia, he played a total of seven times and won six stages. 1964 as a freshman, he was already a professional fifth, 1966 First, 1967 and 1968 and 1973 sixth tenth. 1971 and 1972 he was forced to retire prematurely. At the Tour de France he went twice to the start and was in 1965 in third place in the overall standings, while he had to resign as a helper of Gimondi 1971. In Italy, he was one of the most famous drivers of his time, and from 1965 to 1968 captain in the Molteni team. He celebrated a total 82 victories, the Italian half classic Giro dell Emilia three times, the Giro dell Apennino twice and Milan -Turin, the Giro dell Umbria, and Giro di Romagna won once. In 1967, Motta was beaten only narrowly by Eddy Merckx in the sprint at the spring classic Milan-San Remo. He was disqualified after the Giro d' Italia for doping with amphetamines in 1968.

Motta was not only a strong spurt stage driver, but also in six-day races successfully. The " Be Giorni dell Milano " he won four times: in 1965 with Rik van Steenberghen and 1966, 1967 and 1968 with Peter Post. In Montreal, Canada, he finished in 1971 on the side of the British Tony Gowland the first place. In his final season in 1974 he won three more winners ribbons and finished with a total of 72 victories in road racing his professional career. However, Motta came back in 1976 for a short time when he should contest for the team of GBC - TV Color the Giro d' Italia.

He later founded a bicycle factory - the Gianni Motta brand is now produced in Belgium


  • Molteni (1964-1968)
  • Sanson (1969 )
  • Salvarani (1970-1971)
  • Ferretti ( 1972)
  • Zonca (1973 )
  • Magniflex (1974 )
  • G.B.C. TV Color ( 1976)