Roberto Visentini

Roberto Visentini
Personal information
Full name Roberto Visentini
Born (1957-06-02) 2 June 1957
Gardone Riviera, Italy
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All Rounder
Professional team(s)
1978 Vibor
1979 CBM Fast
1980 San Giacomo
1981–1982 Sammontana
1983 Inoxpran
1984–1988 Carrera–Inoxpran
1989 Malvor
1990 Jolly Componibili
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1986)
5 stages
Vuelta a España
2 stages

Stage races

General classification (1983)
Infobox last updated on
25 July 2012

Roberto Visentini (born 2 June 1957) is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist.

Visentini was born in Gardone Riviera, in the province of Brescia, and had a brilliant junior career. In 1975, he was both Junior Italian champion and World Champion. As an amateur he won the 1977 time-trial World Championship.

He debuted as professional in 1978. In 1980, he won two stages at the Vuelta a España and was ninth overall in the Giro d'Italia. In 1983 Visentini joined the Inoxpran team and contested the final victory of the Giro with Giuseppe Saronni but was second. Riding for the Carrera team in 1984, he won a stage in the 1984 Giro d'Italia, a stage in Tirreno–Adriatico and the prologue of the Giro del Trentino.[1] In the 1985 edition, when he was going to win his first Giro, he fell ill and was forced to retire, leaving he victory to Bernard Hinault.

In 1986, he then won his first and sole Giro by defeating racers such as Saronni, Francesco Moser and Greg LeMond. His lead was from first stage to the end. In the 1987 he was the protagonist of one of the most controversial episodes of 1980s Italian cycle racing: Visentini, who was the racing for Carrera Jeans–Vagabond, took the maglia rosa off the shoulders of teammate Stephen Roche after winning an individual time trial. Several days later in a mountain stage he was suddenly attacked by his teammate Roche, who had contravened the team's order. The Carrera team led the peloton in the chase after Roche until Visentini was left without any teammates. Visentini riskily tried to recover the gap alone but finished several minutes behind Roche who took back the maglia rosa.[2] Several days later Visentini fell and had to retire from the race.

Roche left the Carrera team which kept Visentini, but he was no more able to repeat himself at the former levels. He concluded his career in 1990 with 18 victories, including the 1981 Giro del Trentino and the 1983 Tirreno–Adriatico.

Career achievements

Major results

1975 (amateurs)
World Road Cycling Championships
Circuit of Faenza
2 stages in the Vuelta a España
Giro del Trentino
Trofeo Baracchi
1 stage in the Giro d'Italia
Ruota d'Oro
Giro del Trentino
1 stage in the Giro d'Italia
  • 1 stage in the Tirreno–Adriatico
Giro d'Italia
overall classification
6th stage
Circuit of Florence
2 stages in the Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Pink jersey Giro 15 10 9 6 WD 2 18 WD 1 WD 13 - 26
Yellow jersey Tour - - - - - - WD 49 - - 22 - -
red jersey Vuelta - - 15 - - - - - - - - - WD

WD = Withdrew


  1. "Roberto Visentini". Retrieved 2007-09-23.
  2. "Taking the triple an interview with Stephen Roche". Retrieved 2007-09-06.
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