Gimondi, first a celebrity and then a somewhat embarrassed witness to a sport plagued by delusions of success, is here to tell us that despite his many victories, it is possible to be a champion even if one loses. Following Gimondi, it has been a completely different story.
Out and out champions have no idea of the alternative story. They behave as winners even if they do not succeed; never relinquishing their role as leader. Champions being naturally overbearing, habitually choose, decide, and impose. This is true for nearly all of them, unless they happen to be Felice Gimondi. Indeed, even a champion can find himself up against someone greater. And, without losing face, having to question everything – projects, ambitions, dreams – adapting them to the inglorious position of a number one who in spite of himself has become number two. The sporting legend of Gimondi has not been clouded by the passage of time, his original approach to the challenge of life is fascinating even today. The authority of a champion tempered by the wisdom of a man experienced in life’s triumphs and failures. Gimondi climbed all the most difficult mountains while frequently having to acknowledge his own limitations.