Felice Gimondi, nicknamed ‘The Phoenix’, is one of the very few riders who managed to win all 3 grand tours. In his 1st pro year he won the Tour de France, unfortunately for him he had to face the cannibale, Eddy Merckx, during nearly whole his career. Eddy Merckx considers Gimondi as his hardest contender. Felice rode only for 3 teams during his 14year lasting career: 1965-1972 Salvarani 1973-1977 Bianchi Campagnolo 1978-1979 Bianchi Faema He won the Tour de France 1 time: 1965 He won the Giro 3 times: 1967, 1969, 1976 And he won the Vuelta once: 1968 He became world champion in 1973 beating Merckx and Maertens in a legendary sprint, and he became 2 times italian champion. In the classics too, he used to perform very well, winning 2 times Giro di Lombardia and once Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.