Francesco Moser

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Date of birth 19th June 1951 (age 69)
nation ItalyItaly Italy
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Last updated: September 13, 2019

Francesco Moser (born June 19, 1951 in Palù di Giovo , Trentino ) is a former Italian cyclist. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of the most successful Italian racing cyclists . Today Moser, who was also active in regional politics for a while, makes bicycles .


As an amateur , Moser participated in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. With the Italian foursome he finished 9th in the team time trial . In the individual Olympic race he was classified 8th when Hennie Kuiper won . Moser turned pro in 1973. He was considered a specialist in time trials (including winning the 1974 Grand Prix Forlì ) and was able to win many important one-day races in his career , such as the Italian classics Milan-San Remo in 1984 and the Tour of Lombardy in 1975 and 1978. Three times in a row From 1978 to 1980 he won the Paris – Roubaix cobblestone race . Moser stood there on the podium four more times. In 1977 Moser was road world champion in Venezuela ahead of Dietrich Thurau .

In 1984 Moser won the Giro d'Italia , although his physique made him not an excellent climber and had to get his lead in the time trial. In total, Moser won 19 stages in the Giro and two in his only participation in the 1975 Tour de France , which he finished in seventh place. His series at the Giro is impressive: he took part 12 times, once he was winner, three times second, twice third, three more times he was among the top ten.

World hour record holder from 1984 to 1993

Francesco Moser's track
bike in the Nationaal Wielermuseum Roeselare

1984 exceeded Moser with a specially designed bike time and the first use of "Bullhorn" -Lenkers of 3ttt in height from Mexico City to the twelve-year-old hour record of Eddy Merckx . In addition to the technical innovations, Moser used, as he later admitted, blood transfusions, which at that time was not yet forbidden as blood doping . He drove 50.808 km and four days later increased that mark to 51.151 km, an achievement that was only exceeded by Graeme Obree nine years later . Moser ended his career in 1987. In his entire career he has achieved 272 victories.

Moser's rivalry with his compatriot Giuseppe Saronni is legendary to this day . The two world-class drivers split the Italian Tifosi into two competing fan groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s, comparable only to the competition between Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi over thirty years earlier.

From 1994 to 1999 Moser was a member of the Regional Parliament of Trentino for the Partito Autonomista Trentino Tirolese , and from 1994 to 1996 he was assessor and vice-president in the regional government of Trentino-South Tyrol . From 1999 to 2007 he was President of the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA), the association of professional cyclists.


Moser said goodbye to active cycling in 1988 with a three-day bike tour with many friends through the Trentino . In the market square of his hometown, he then hung his bike on a nail that was 75 centimeters long.


Francesco Moser comes from a cycling family: he is the youngest of four brothers who were racing drivers. Besides himself, the best known is his eldest brother Aldo . Several of his nephews are also racing cyclists, including Leonardo Moser , who has since ended his career, and his brother Moreno Moser , who has been a professional neoprene for the Liquigas-Cannondale team since 2012 .

Successes (excerpt)


Web links

Commons : Francesco Moser  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Why Jens Voigt and a new group of cyclists want to break the Hour record 19 September 2014
  2. Luciano Boccaccini, Giovanni Tarello: Annuario Storico Del Ciclismo Italiano . Publialfa Edizion, Milan 1994, p. 258 (Italian).
  3. ^ German Cycling Association of the GDR (ed.): The cyclist . No. 44/1988 . Berlin, S. 8 .