Moreno Argentin

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Moreno Argentin (1987)

Moreno Argentin (born December 17, 1960 in San Donà di Piave , metropolitan city of Venice ) is a former Italian cyclist . He is considered one of the best racing cyclists of the 1980s.

Athletic career

Moreno Argentin was a young driver in the Italian national rail team in 1978 and 1979 . In 1977 and 1978 he was Italian junior champion in team pursuit , 1978 youth champion in team time trial . In 1979 he won together with Maurizio Bidinost and Pierangelo Bincoletto the title of Italian amateur champion in the team pursuit and in 1980 a second time. In addition, he passed the Abitur and completed training as a dentist , which he broke off when he became a professional driver .

In 1980, at the age of 19, Argentin signed his first professional contract with the Italian cycling team Sammontana-Benotto . In the following years he celebrated his greatest successes, especially with classics . In 1986 he became world road cycling champion , a success that he almost repeated a year later when he became vice world champion. Between 1985 and 1987 he won Liège – Bastogne – Liège three times in a row .

As a sprint specialist, Moreno Argentin was less successful in the overall classification of large tours, but won 13 stages in the Giro d'Italia and two stages in the Tour de France in the course of his career . At the Giro, Argentin made it into the final rankings nine times between 1981 and 1994 and in 1984 he had his best place with third place. At the Giro 1993 , in which he won two stages, he wore the pink jersey of the front runner on ten stages . In 1988, 1990 and 1991 he boycotted the Giro in a dispute with the Italian press. There are three finals between 1990 and 1992 at the Tour de France, 27th place in 1990 was his best result. In addition to his world championship title, Argentin made seven World Cup ranks between 1982 and 1988. In 1985 (3rd), 1986 (1st) and 1987 (2nd) he was each on the podium. Although he contested the Milan – Sanremo race seven times, he was never able to win the most important Italian spring classic. In 1982 he was third and in 1992 second after the victory in the finish sprint, which was believed to be certain, was taken from him by the open-minded Irish Sean Kelly on the descent from Poggio di Sanremo .

In June 1994, Argentin explained that from his connection to the sports doctor Dr. Michele Ferrari had never made a secret of his resignation. By the end of his sporting career he had won 84 races.

After the sport

At the end of the 1980s, Argentin moved to Monaco . He became a partner in a large wood sawmill and in a social housing construction company.

In an interview with the cycling newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on the occasion of his 50th birthday, Argentin criticized today's cycling. The drivers are no longer hungry and have no backbone. The policy of the World Cycling Association Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is only interested in business: “The track is dead and buried and the road is going the same way.” (German: “Track cycling is dead and buried, and road cycling is the same Path.")

In October 2016, Argentin was sentenced by a court in Venice to one year probation and a fine of 310,000 euros for fraud in the context of a real estate deal.


















  • Munzinger Archive / International Sports Archive 35/94 from August 22, 1994 ( online version )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Velomedien AG (Ed.): Velo . No. 5/1995 . Zurich, S. 38 .
  2. ^ Gino Cervi, Paolo Facchinetti: 100 years of the Giro d'Italia . Bruckmann Verlag, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-7654-4954-3 , p. 169 .
  3. a b Argentin hits out at Contador and the UCI. Cyclingnews, December 17, 2010, accessed August 3, 2014 .
  4. ^ Report: Moreno Argentin handed one-year prison term for fraud. In: Cycling News. October 31, 2016, accessed November 6, 2016 .
  5. Alberto Zorzi: Case Vendute con l'ipoteca condannato Moreno Argentin. In: October 28, 2016, archived from the original on November 6, 2016 ; Retrieved November 6, 2016 (Italian).