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     Guido Messina was born January 4, 1931 in Monreale, Italy and was a road and track champion cyclist. He won the gold medal in the men's 4,000 meter team pursuit at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics and rode as a professional road cyclist from 1954 to 1963 during which he won 5 World titles in the individual pursuit. He won his first two titles as an amateur (1948, 1953), before turning professional and winning three consecutive World Championships (1954-56). His major road success came in the first stage of 1955 Giro d’Italia, which he won, earning him a day in the pink jersey.

Campione del mondo 1948-49 Amsterdam
Campione d'Italia 1950-51 Torino
Campione Olimpionico 1952 Kesinki
Campione d'Italia 1953-54 Milano
Campione del Mondo 1953-54 Zurigo


Messina rode on the Frejus team in 1954, '55, '56 and on the Molteni team for 1960 & 1961.
For a great deal of information and many photographs

Special thanks to John Pergolizzi

Various publicity pictures of Messina


 Road bike, early 1970's - made by Guiseppe Pela
Pictures coutesy J. Pergolizzi

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