The “Forlì Train” won the Corsa Rosa in 1958. Baldini’s entry to the Hall of Fame follows Merckx (2012), Gimondi (2013), Roche (2014) and Moser (2015).
Ercole Baldini arrived in Milan today to receive his entry into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame, a prestigious award to recognise his career, accompanied by many former riders, and his sons Riziero and Mino. In the celebration of the career of the great champion, there were members of his family, former riders and cycling friends, plus a bus full of fans came straight to Milan from his home city, Forlì.
The great champion and his victories in the Giro d’Italia and many other races has been celebrated in the presence of many cycling friends and former team mates – including Adorni, Amadori, Armani, Babini, Battista, Casalini, Cavalcanti, Gorini, Gualazzini, Laghi, Magnani, Maioli, Neri and Vendemmiati – along with Baldini’s brothers Renato, Bruno and Renzo, his nephews Edoardo and Alice, plus a special delegation of fans visiting from his home city, Forlì, lead by the Mayor Davide Drei.
The “Forlì Train”, Baldini’s nickname when he was riding, won the Corsa Rosa in 1958 and in the same year, on August 31st, he won the Road World Championships in Reims. 2016 is a special anniversary for Baldini too, because it marks 60 years from his Road Cycling Olympic Gold Medal, in Melbourne on the 7th December 1956, after winning the Individual Pursuit Gold Medal at the World Championships in Copenaghen and establishing the Hour World Record in the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan – all amazing feats within the same year!
“Receiving a career acknowledgement as prestigious as the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame, in a location like Sala Buzzati here in Milan which has always hosted many important people, makes me incredibly happy,” said Baldini. “I wish to enjoy this prestigious award for a long time, and to celebrate it along with many other Italian victories in cycling races. I would like to thank La Gazzetta dello Sport and the Giro d’Italia management for still thinking about me such a long time fromaftermy victories at the Giro d’Italia, at the Worlds and at the Olympic Games.”