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Franco Bitossi
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Personal information
Full name Franco Bitossi
Nickname Cuore matto (Crazy heart)
Date of birth September 1, 1940 (1940-09-01) (age 69)
Country Italy
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
Tour de France green jersey (1968)
Tirreno-Adriatico (1967)
Infobox last updated on:
April 16, 2007

Franco Bitossi (born September 1, 1940) is an Italian former professional cyclist. He was born in Camaioni di Carmignano.

He started as professional in 1961, winning a total of 171 races until 1978. In 1965 he won the Tour de Suisse and the Züri-Metzgete (which he won again in 1968). In 1967 he won Tirreno-Adriatico, Giro di Lombardia and Coppa Agostoni, while the following year he became the first (and sole) Italian to win the maillot vert (points) final classification. In 1970 he was Italian champion.

In 1972 he was famous for the near victory at the World Championship in Gap, France, where he was overcome a few meters from the arrival by his teammate Marino Basso. Four year later he won again the Italian Championship.

Bitossi was nicknamed Cuore matto ("Crazy heart") due to a cardiac arrythmia which often compelled him to stop midway in a stage.

Palmares

1965
Tour de Suisse
Züri-Metzgete
1966
Tour de France:
Winner stages 5 and 17
1967
Tirreno-Adriatico
Giro di Lombardia
Coppa Agostoni
1968
Züri-Metzgete
Tour de France:
Jersey green.svg Points classification (Maillot vert)
Winner stages 7 and 16
1969
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey violet.svg Points classification (Maglia ciclamino)
Coppa Agostoni
1970
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian National Road Race Championships
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey violet.svg Points classification (Maglia ciclamino)
Giro di Lombardia
Volta a Catalunya
1971
Coppa Agostoni
1976
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian National Road Race Championships
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