Bike Stars We Remember: Francesco Moser

Bike culture: in Italy there has always been a thirst for new bike stars to worship.
Francesco Moser appeared to be cut and cut for the role, but his weakness in the mountains prevented him from reaching all the way.

When “the Sheriff”, that is Francesco Moser became known, broke through in the mid-1970s he showed all the qualities required to become Italian cycling new records-boy. He was tall, muscular and it rested an air of power, yet aristocratic refinement over him. In addition, he proved quickly that he had a killer instinct of seldom seen.

Breakthrough victory in Paris-Tours, the Giro di Lombardia in 1974 and in the following year, made a few successful years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Moser won including favorite race Paris-Roubaix three times in a row, between 1978 and 1980, and his seven podium finishes in the contest overall, only by “Mr. Paris-Roubaix”, Roger De Vlaeminck. To his career highlights have to victory in the 1984 Giro d’Italia, and the Championship title from 1977.

The välbyggde Francesco Moser had a sedate elegance of their perfect bike style. He was an impressive sight in the saddle. Moser literally gushed out on the roads. The over the shoulder saw him approaching from behind often felt panic creep in.

But the big body hut did to Francesco Moser was not the most suitable for becoming a mountain specialist. The lighter riders could stand off up the slopes while Moser really had to fight for every kilometre.

Bicycle history contains many famous rivalries. As the one between Alfredo Binda and Learco Guerra, or between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. Just such a relationship of mutual struggle occurred in the 1970s in Italy, and Francesco Moser played one of the lead roles.

The opponent and the antagonist was Giuseppe Saronni, and their bitter fight divided the European cycling fans. Who was really the best? Saronni had, like Moser, some problems on the mountain stages. But when Saronni were a exquisitely sprint specialist, was the inevitable bitter battles until the finish line.

Took the sport of cycling into the future

Unfortunately, they both riders who own bike tire lights to some extent that is overshadowed by the giant samtide, Bernard Hinault. Frenchman’s exquisite allroundförmåga and victories in his home-country Tour, in Spain around and Italy around, got many other storheters achievements pale in comparison.

But Francesco Moser’s name is not only synonymous with fine victories and thrilling battles.His most lasting achievement revolves around the use of aerodynamic equipment.

Moser broke Eddy Merckx in 1984 twelve year old tim record of course. Merckx listing on 49.431 km, got way out of Moser 51.151 kilometers. The bike Moser was traveling in had inter alia diskhjul instead of conventional spoked wheels, and a sloping frame fitted with a “kohornsstyre”.

Even if the record came to be questioned, because of the special cycle, it was partly Francesco Moser’s merit to cycling now seriously began to exploit these aerodynamically refined products to shave seconds in the fight against the clock. The record got yet another cloud over themselves when Moser later admitted that he had used blood doping to beat Merckx’s record. But the method he used was not illegal when the record was

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