Picture of the day: Billy Bilsland Lombardia 1970

Billy Bilsland. Photo A Hamilton / PEZ Cycling News

Billy Bilsland. Photo A Hamilton / PEZ Cycling News

Here Billy Bilsland recovers after a 10th place finish at the 1970 Tour of Lombardy. The day before he had also raced the Coppa Agostini. Click the photo to read an interview by Ed Hood on Pez Cycling News.

The race was won by Italian national champion Franco ‘Mad Heart’ Bitossi, who outsprinted Felice Gimondi on the concrete track at Como. The field ganged up against Eddy Merckx so an Italian rider could win.

Billy Bilsland is one of Scotland’s greatest ever racing cyclists- have a look at my Top 10.