Early on Thursday, November 30, 2023, one of the best track riders in Italy passed away. Sante Gaiardoni of Motta Visconti, Lombardia, died at the age of eighty-four.
Gaiardoni was a frequent winner in the 1960s and gained notoriety for winning two gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
The cycling community in Italy is grieving the loss of Sante Gaiardoni, one of the icons of that decade’s sport and the only Italian to win two gold medals in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
In addition to winning two gold, four silver, and two bronze medals in sprint events between 1958 and 1970, Gaiardoni earned his Olympic gold medals in the one-kilometer and sprint races.
born in Villafranca di Verona, in the Veneto region’s province of Verona, on June 29, 1939. In 1960, Gaiardoni won the sprint world championship in Leipzig. Three years later, while competing professionally, he repeated the feat in Belgium.
In addition to his two Olympic gold medals, he finished third twice and as the runner-up four times. At the close of 1960, he became a professional, and he retired in 1971.
Many will recall his competition with the seven-time World champion and renowned Italian sprinter Antonio Maspes, with whom he had historic races and who would go on to become good friends.
These were the “Dolce Vita” years, when both riders were frequently spotted with entertainment figures like Walter Chiari and Maurizio Arena, particularly after he got married.
Sante Gaiardoni Cause of Death
No cause of death was revealed. Our condolences go to the family and loved ones in this difficult time.