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11 April 2019

Vittorio Adorni inducted into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame

The San Lazzaro Parmense champion won the Corsa Rosa in 1965. Having turned pro in 1961, his most important achievements are linked to the Giro and to Italy (with the success in the Imola Road World Championship). In his career he worn the Maglia Rosa 19 times and won 11 Giro stages. He joins the roll of honor alongside Merckx, Gimondi, Roche, Moser, Baldini, Hinault and Indurain.

Vittorio Adorni, today in his native Parma, has joined the Hall of Fame of the Giro d’Italia, receiving the Trofeo Senza Fine that is awarded to the Giro winner since 2000. In Italy, Adorni has achieved his most prestigious successes: the Giro of 1965 – wearing the Salvarani jersey – and the victory in the Road World Championship at Imola in 1968.

Vittorio Adorni proudly accepted the acknowledgment: “It is really emotional for me today and I think it is very nice that the Giro d’Italia remembers the riders that did something important in this event. The Giro was the dream of every rider, in particular of the Italian ones, and that dream, for one reason or another in my case, continued to fade. 1965 was a year that found me ready both physically and mentally. I had taken back the Maglia Rosa in the 13th stage, a 50km Individual Time Trial from Catania to Taormina, and though I knew that the race would still be long and full of pitfalls, I never lost it again. The key stage was the Saas Fee – Madesimo, a 282km long stage with four KOMs before the finish line. I won that stage with over three minutes of advantage and consolidated my first place overall.”

“I will tell you an anecdote: during that stage Torriani’s car, the boss of the Giro, approached me, and on board was Bruno Raschi, a very famous journalist from La Gazzetta dello Sport, who asked me what I was thinking. I replied: ‘I’m thinking of Coppi and his achievements’. And a little later I also made the feat that made me fly towards the conquest of the Giro.”

ADORNI AT THE GIRO

  • In 1962 Adorni won his first stage of the Giro, the Moena – Aprica; a feat he repeated in the following two years, winning two stages each.
  • In 1965 he won the Giro d’Italia General Classification winning three stages; he also wore the Maglia Rosa for a stage in the Giro 1966, in which he won the Parma ITT, but didn’t repeat the success in the GC.
  • Another stage victory in 1967, in Trento, and fourth place overall.
  • In 1969, Adorni’s last stage success at the Giro was in the Cavalese – Folgarida stage.

STATS AND CURIOSITIES

  • The advantage with which he won the 1965 Giro, 11’26”, over Italo Zilioli, is the last case in which the winner has triumphed in the Corsa Rosa with more than 10 minutes of advantage over the second classified rider.
  • The advantage with which he won the 1968 UCI Road World Championship, 9’50”, over Herman van Springel, has never been repeated in the Rainbow Jersey race, and is the second largest in history after that of Georges Ronsse in 1928, over Herbert Nebe: 19’43”.
  • He wore 19 Pink Jerseys in his career. The record is 78 (Eddy Merckx), winning 11 Giro stages.

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