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Baldini in 1956
|Full name||Ercole Baldini|
|Born|| (1933-01-26) 26 January 1933
Villanova di Forlì, Italy
Ercole Baldini (born 26 January 1933) is a retired Italian cyclist. As an amateur he won an Olympic gold medal in the road race and the world title in the individual pursuit on track, both in 1956. Next year he turned professional, and in 1958 won the world title in the road race and the Giro d'Italia. He continued competing on track and won bronze medals in the individual pursuit at the world championships of 1960 and 1964.
Baldini was born at Villanova di Forlì (Emilia-Romagna). At 21 he set the hour record for amateurs, with 44.870 km, gaining the nickname of Forlì train. His best year was 1956, in which he won a gold medal in the road race at the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, and, in September, stripped Jacques Anquetil of the hour record, riding 46.394 km at the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan.
In 1957 he became professional and won six important races, including the Trofeo Baracchi alongside Fausto Coppi, and became Italian champion. In 1958 Baldini won the Giro d'Italia, beating Charly Gaul on the latter's favourite terrain, climbing. He was again Italian champion and also won the World Cycling Championship.
- Giro d'Italia (1958)
- World Road Cycling Championships (1958)
- Italian National Road Race Championship (1957, 1958)
- 1956 Summer Olympics, Melbourne - Individual Road Race (1956)
- Giro di Romagna (1957)
- Giro dell'Emilia (1959)
- Giro del Lazio (1957)
- Trofeo Matteotti (1958)
- Grand Prix des Nations (time trial) (1960)
- Coppa Placci (1963)
- Hour record (46,393 km - Milan, velodromo Vigorelli) (1956)
- 1 stage victory Tour de France
- 5 stage victories Giro d'Italia, 9 days in pink jersey
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
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- Ercole Baldini at Cycling Archives
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