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Remembering Sante Gaiardoni Double Olympic Gold

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Rider Obituary: Within the early hours of Thursday the thirtieth of November 2023, one in every of Italy’s biggest observe cyclists died. Sante Gaiardoni passed on to the great beyond on the age of 84 in Motta Visconti, Lombardia. Gaiardoni used to be a prolific winner within the 60’s and used to be well-known for taking two Olympic gold medals within the Video games of 1960 in Rome.

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Double Olympic champion – Santi Gaiardoni

Italian biking is in mourning for the passing of Sante Gaiardoni, the one Italian to win two gold medals on the Olympic Video games held in Rome in 1960 and one of the vital protagonists of the game of that decade. Gaiardoni, gained his Olympic gold medals within the 1 Kilometre and the Dash, and between 1958 and 1970 he gained two gold, 4 silver and two bronze medals in dash occasions on the UCI observe Global championships. He additionally set a 1K Global report.

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Born on June 29, 1939 in Villafranca di Verona, within the province of Verona within the Veneto area. Gaiardoni was dash Global champion in Leipzig in 1960 and repeated that 3 years later in Belgium as a qualified. He used to be additionally runners-up 4 occasions and 3rd two times, so as to add to his two Olympic gold medals. He grew to become skilled on the finish of 1960 and retired in 1971. Many will take note his competition with the mythical Italian sprinter, Antonio Maspes, the seven-time Global champion, with whom he had historical duels and who would later develop into shut buddies. Each riders was steadily observed with stars of leisure comparable to Walter Chiari and Maurizio Area, those have been the “Dolce Vita” years, particularly after he married the singer, Elsa Cuarta in 1963.

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Marriage to singer Elsa Cuarta in 1963

Gaiardoni started to make other people communicate when he gained the Italian name in 1957 and in 1958, even though his giant second of glory got here on the 1960 Rome Olympic Video games on August 26, when he gained his first gold medal, after which 3 days later he would repeated it. That day led to by means of Veneto with a crowd cheering him within the streets, along with his well-known buddies, Chiari and Area, encouraging the fanatics to chant: “Gaiardó! Gaiardó! Gaiardó!”.

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Global champion

On the finish of that yr he gained the dash Global championship in Leipzig whilst nonetheless an newbie. The next yr he started his skilled occupation and took the pro dash Global name within the Rocourt Global Championship of 1963 after an epic fight with Maspes, his everlasting rival. It didn’t topic the place the 2 gladiators battled, be it at the Vigorelli in Milan or at the bankings of France, Germany or Belgium, there used to be mush pleasure, intrigue and… making a bet.

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2d to Maspes

The competition between Gaiardoni and Maspes unfold all through Europe and divided the Italian fanatics, who used to argue as they did when the mythical Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali fought every different, whilst the youngsters of the ones years competed within the backyards in their homes like their hero champions. That bitterness at the observe later became an unbreakable friendship that prolonged till Maspes’ loss of life in 2000, on the age of 68, an actual blow to Gaiardoni’s spirit. “With Antonio, a work of my lifestyles is long gone,” mentioned Gaiardoni, who after successful the silver medal on the 1970 Global championships in Leicester celebrated for the final time and retired the next yr, and then he opened a motorbike store in Giambellino, Milan, his town through adoption.

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Rome 1960

His recognition led him to go into politics and he ran as a candidate for mayor within the elections held in 2006, even though he misplaced to Letizia Moratti. One of the most heartbreaks he suffered used to be the demolition of the Olympic velodrome, the place he made historical past: “It’s a stab within the center,” he mentioned on the time. However the biggest loss in his lifestyles used to be his spouse Elsa, who handed on in 2020. Regardless of the love of his handiest daughter, Susy, Gaiardoni by no means controlled to recover from her loss of life and his ache stayed with him to his final days.

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“A sprinter and a singular champion who will stay ceaselessly within the Olympus of Italian recreation,” mentioned the president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagó, when in 2015 he awarded Gaiardoni the “Golden Necklace” for wearing benefit.

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2d to Johnson in Leicester in 1970

Most sensible Palmarès:

1958
3º in Copenhagen, DBC’s Grand Prix for Amatører, (København, Dash, Amateurs), Ordrup (Hovedstaden), Denmark
1º in Nationwide Championship, Monitor, Tandem with Sergio Bianchetto, Amateurs, Italy
2º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Amateurs, Paris (Ile-de-France), France

1959
2º in Copenhagen, DBC’s Grand Prix for Amatører, (København, Dash, Amateurs), Ordrup (Hovedstaden), Denmark
1º in Mediterranean Video games, Monitor, 1 km, Elite, Beirut, Lebanon
1º in Mediterranean Video games, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Beirut, Lebanon
1º in Trofeo Auro Boreri, (Milano – Busseto), Busseto (Emilia-Romagna), Italy
1º in Nationwide Championship, Monitor, Tandem with Turchemeis Zanettini, Amateurs, Italy
2º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Amateurs, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), The Netherlands

1960
1º in Copenhagen, DBC’s Grand Prix for Amatører, (København, Dash, Amateurs), Ordrup (Hovedstaden), Denmark
1º in Nationwide Championship, Monitor, Tandem with Turchemeis Zanettini, Amateurs, Italy
1º in Grand Prix of Paris, (Paris, Dash, Amateurs), Paris (Ile-de-France), France
1º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Amateurs, Leipzig (Sachsen), German Democratic Republic
1º in Olympic Video games, Monitor, 1 km, Elite, Roma (Lazio), Italy
1º in Olympic Video games, Monitor, Dash, Roma (Lazio), Italy

1961
2º in Nationwide Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Italy
2º in Paris, Dash, Paris (Ile-de-France), France

1962
2º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Milano, Italy

1963
2º in GP du Roi, (Brussel/Bruxelles, Dash, Brussel (Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), Belgium
2º in Paris, Dash, Paris (Ile-de-France), France
1º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Rocourt, Belgium

1964
2º Paris, Dash, Paris (Ile-de-France), France
1º Nationwide Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Italy

1966
3º Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Frankfurt, Germany

1969
3º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Antwerp, Belgium

1970
1º in Copenhagen, DBC’s Grand Prix for pros, (København, Dash), Ordrup (Hovedstaden), Denmark
2º in Nationwide Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Italy
2º in Global Championship, Monitor, Dash, Elite, Leicester, Britain.

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Santi Gaiardoni – RIP

Our condolences to the Gaiardoni friends and family.


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