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Francesco Moser

Francesco Moser Italian cyclist

Italian cyclist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Italian cyclist
Is Athlete Sport cyclist
From Italy
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 19 June 1951, Giovo, Italy
Age: 68 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
Politics Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party
Siblings: Diego MoserAldo MoserEnzo Moser
Children: Ignazio Moser
The details

Francesco Moser ([ˈmɔːzer] or [moˈzɛr]; [ˈmoːzɐ];; born 19 June 1951 in Palù di Giovo, Trentino), nicknamed "Lo sceriffo" (The sheriff), is an Italian former professional road bicycle racer.

Moser was dominant from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s and won the 1984 Giro d'Italia, the 1977 world road racing championship and six times in three of the five monuments. He turned professional in 1973, showing a cultured pedaling style. But his powerful build meant he wasn’t a gifted climber. His 273 road victories puts him behind Eddy Merckx (525) and Rik Van Looy (379), but ahead of Rik Van Steenbergen (270) and Roger De Vlaeminck (255). He was also an accomplished track rider, riding up to six Six-Day races almost each winter throughout his career. He rode 35, 14 of which with René Pijnen, winning 15.

A nephew, Moreno Moser, (born 25 December 1990) is an Italian professional racer, and Francesco's son Ignazio Moser enjoyed success at the junior and amateur levels before retiring at the age of 22.


Classic races

After finishing second in 1974 behind Roger De Vlaeminck and in 1976 behind Marc Demeyer of Belgium, Moser finally won Paris–Roubaix, his favorite race, three consecutive times. Moser had seven podium finishes in Paris–Roubaix; only De Vlaeminck, with nine, has more. In 1978, he beat De Vlaeminck and Jan Raas of the Netherlands; in 1979, he beat De Vlaeminck and Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands; and in 1980, he beat Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle of France and the German, Dietrich Thurau. Moser came in third in 1981 behind Bernard Hinault and Roger De Vlaeminck, and was also third in 1983 behind Hennie Kuiper and Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle. He rode Paris–Roubaix in his final season as a cyclist in 1987. Other victories include the 1975 and 1978 Giro di Lombardia and the 1984 Milan–San Remo.

Other classics

Moser won the 1974 Paris–Tours, the 1977 Züri-Metzgete, the 1979 Gent–Wevelgem, and the 1977 Flèche Wallonne.

Grand Tours

Moser had some success in the three-week grand tours. He rode the Tour de France in 1975, and although he won two stages, led the race for seven days and won the young rider competition, he never rode the Tour again; the mountains did not suit him. However, he won the 1984 Giro d'Italia, in front of Laurent Fignon of France and Moreno Argentin of Italy. Taking advantage of an unusually flat course, Moser used time-trialing ability to overcome what others had gained in the mountains. He also won the points classification in the Giro d'Italia in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1982.

Other accomplishments

He competed in the individual road race and team time trial events at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Moser won the 1977 world road racing championship in San Cristobal, Venezuela, in front of Thurau and Franco Bitossi. Moser was also silver medallist in 1976, behind Freddy Maertens of Belgium and second in 1978 to Gerrie Knetemann of the Netherlands.

On 19 January 1984, in Mexico City, Moser broke the 1972 hour record of Eddy Merckx. He rode 50.808 kilometers, on an aerodynamic bike with full disc wheels more advanced than the conventional bike Merckx used in 1972. As a result, in 1997 the Union Cycliste Internationale banned hour records set on bikes featuring technological advantages. Under the new rules, Merckx's record wasn't broken until 2000. Moser auctioned his bicycle to benefit UNICEF.

He was a member of the Regional Council of Trentino-Alto Adige from 1993 until 1998.


Moser's biggest rival was Giuseppe Saronni.

After retirement

Moser started a bike company, Moser Cicli, constructing race bikes in a workshop in Trento. Production is 2,000-3,000 frames annually.

He was the first chairman of the CPA (Cyclistes Professionels Associés), a union for professional riders of TT/I and TT/II league of teams (now UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental Teams, respectively). He held the position from 1999 until 2007.

Moser also became a viticulturist, cultivating different varieties of grapes. He continued his father's winery with his children Francesca, Carlo and Ignazio on the family estate Maso Villa Warth in Val di Cembra, on the hills just north of Trento. He is also a passionate hunter and was the host of the television series "A Caccia con Moser" (Hunting with Moser) on Sky Italia's channel Caccia TV.

Major results

1st Giro dell'Etna
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Hans-Henrik Ørsted)
1st Stage 1 Ruota d'Oro
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
2nd Giro del Friuli
2nd Noto Chrono
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
5th Giro dell'Emilia
8th Visp–Grachen
1st Giro dell'Etna
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue & Stage 6 (ITT)
2nd Giro dell'Appennino
2nd Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 18 (ITT)
3rd Trofeo Pantalica
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 4
6th Tre Valli Varesine
7th Amstel Gold Race
8th Paris–Roubaix
9th Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Prologue
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Prologue
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico

General classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
A gold jersey Vuelta a España 10
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 15 7 4 2 3 2 DNF 21 8 DNF 1 2 3
A yellow jersey Tour de France 7

Classics results timeline

Monuments results timeline
Monument 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Milan–San Remo 30 12 2 9 35 6 4 6 39 4 11 1 31
Tour of Flanders 25 2 4 7 11 2 32 23
Paris–Roubaix 2 5 2 13 1 1 1 3 10 3 12
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 3
Giro di Lombardia 7 1 6 13 1 14 18 3 5
Championships results timeline
Championship 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Italian Championships 1 2 3 2 1 1
World Championships 7 11 2 1 2 26 26
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
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