disappeared races

1983 Trofeo Baracchi - Daniël Gisiger & Silvano Contini

by Matthias Van Milders on 17 June 2021
The couple time trial is not exactly the most common cycling discipline, but fans still remember the Eddy Merckx Grand Prix in Brussels with a touch of nostalgia and certainly in the case of the Trofeo Baracchi. The Italian race is named after the cycling-fanatic businessman Angelo Baracchi, after whose untimely death his son launched a competition in his father's honour. The initial in-line race was soon transformed into a couples time trial. Mino Baracchi managed to attract big-name riders to his competition over the years. The 1983 winners were Daniel Gisiger from Switzerland and Silvano Contini from Italy. Their names may be less well-known than those of other Barrachi winners such as Fignon, Merckx, Anquetil and Coppi, but both Gisiger and Contini have an impressive list of cycling achievements, including the Trofeo Baracchi, which was last held as a couples time trial in 1990.


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