Happy birthday to Giovanni Battaglin who was born on this day in 1951.
The Italian rider is best remembered for winning both the Giro d’Italia, in front of Tommy Prim of Sweden and Giuseppe Saronni of Italy and Vuelta a Espana, in front of Pedro Munoz of Spain and Vicente Belda of Spain, in 1981
In addition, Battaglin won the Mountains Jersey in the 1979 Tour de France, and also finished 3rd in the 1973 Giro d’Italia behind Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Felice Gimondi of Italy.
Battaglin also finished 3rd in the 1980 Giro d’Italia behind Bernard Hinault of France and Vladimiro Panizza of Italy.
Viva Giovanni !
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