(Born in Faenza, Italy, July 5, 1921) was a famous
professional road and track cyclist. He rode
professionally between 1940 and 1952, has a stage win in
the Giro d’Italia and three Italian titles, one road and
two on the track."
"Racing for the Bianchi, Benotto, Olympia, Rabeneick,
Atala and Lygie teams, Vito distinguished himself both
on the road and on the track. His main victories were
the Tour of Tuscany in 1942, the Milan-Turin in 1945 and
in 1946, the Tour of Piedmont in 1947, the Giro di
Romagna and the Italian league in 1948. On track he was
Italian champion in pursuit in 1945 and 1946."
"His stage win in the Giro came in 1946 where he came
3rd overall, wearing the pink jersey for six days. He
came 4th in 1948, with five days in the pink jersey."
"After the death of Caesar Del Cancia in April of 2011,
Vito Ortelli became the oldest rider still alive to have
worn the pink jersey."
"Frames were made under his name in his birthplace
Faenza from the early 1950s to the late 1980s and are
renowned for very fancy lug work featuring a ‘v’ in an
1980s ORTELLI bike in VeloSpace
Vito and Bianchi team mate
A new book:
"Vito Ortelli; History of the
Faenza Champion who
challenged Coppi and Bartali"
by Paola Argelli.
Special thanks to Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson's beautiful mid 1980s
to Classic Italian