George Mount: Italian Conquest

Italian conquest,
George Mount, 1981
photo: Jacques Burremans

Cycling legend, George Mount was one the pioneers of American cycling in the seventies. His sixth place at the 1976 Montreal Olympic road race launched his pro career taking him to Europe. He won more than 200 races during his 10-year career competed for professional teams: San Giacomo, Sammontana and 7-Eleven. 


Sixth, 1976 Montreal Olympic road race
Winner, 1978 Red Zinger Classic, Colorado
Gold medal, 1979 Pan Am Games
200+ races in USA, Europe & South America

The Cannibal's move to Italy paid him huge dividends.

"If you want to win races go to France. If you want to learn about bike racing go to Italy."

- Eddy Merckx's advice to George Mount before turning pro.