Guido Bontempi

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Who remembers this guy. When I started following cycling in 85 I thought it was soo cool that we had an Italian guy named Guido. One of my favorites.
 
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I remember him very well, for many years he was the "conductor" of the autobus. He was such a great sprinter in his day. Back then I used to coach some junior riders and I would stand near the finish line and when it was time for them to sprint I would shout. "Guido! Guido!" Thanks for making me think of him.
Steve:cool:
 
Guido! And his last name almost translates into "Goodtime"! How perfect of a name is that!

Big, strong rider. Used to push a huge gear a lot of the time. Won some classics, and I believe the points jersey in the Giro in the mid-80's. Way cool rider. Thanks indeed for the memory.

 
I remember this image of him I think at the back of the 88 (?) Tour peleton, with his long arm outstretched pressed against the back of teamate helping him pee....Guido demonstrated class even in that!
 
Alpe d'Huez said:
Guido! And his last name almost translates into "Goodtime"! How perfect of a name is that!

Big, strong rider. Used to push a huge gear a lot of the time. Won some classics, and I believe the points jersey in the Giro in the mid-80's. Way cool rider. Thanks indeed for the memory.

That's "Goodtimes" Alpe...
 
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I never got to meet Bontempi as I am in the states and it wasn't very often that the Big European Stars came over. But out of the few that I did meet during the 89 Tour of the Americas, Pedro Delgado was one Hell of a nice guy. I was very surprised at how accessible the riders were. They all seemed to be nice, but Delgado in particular was cool. Got a photo with him, signed my hat and gave me one of his gloves.
 
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RightWingNutJob said:
I was very surprised at how accessible the riders were. They all seemed to be nice, but Delgado in particular was cool. Got a photo with him, signed my hat and gave me one of his gloves.
That's what's so great about cycling, the accessibility. Truly amazing!

I still remember that I was asked for directions by the entire CSC team in 2002 when the Giro started in Groningen. They were lost downtown...
 
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RightWingNutJob said:
I never got to meet Bontempi as I am in the states and it wasn't very often that the Big European Stars came over. But out of the few that I did meet during the 89 Tour of the Americas, Pedro Delgado was one Hell of a nice guy. I was very surprised at how accessible the riders were. They all seemed to be nice, but Delgado in particular was cool. Got a photo with him, signed my hat and gave me one of his gloves.
only knew bontempi in the later part of his career 92 tour was the first tour i watched and he took stage took stage five or six (I still have it on vhs tapes).
raced with vino, Kivilev and andrey mizourov when the kazac national team (still amatures then) came out to race in south africa in 1996. It was a ten day tour and i finished more than a hour behind them by the end of it. Still could not have met nicer guys. Gave on of my mates a gc point and k.o.m jersey. (they cleaned out) as well as a national jersey signed by the whole team. (probably still wearing it on sunday rides)
 

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