Ottavio Bottecchia (1 August 1894 – 15 June 1927) was an Italian cyclist and the first Italian winner of the Tour de France. He won the Tour twice (1924, 1925), along with 9 individual stages (1923, 1924, 1925).
Bottecchia was born as the eighth child of a poor family of nine children. He went to school for just a year, first working as a shoemaker, then as a bricklayer, that’s why he earned nickname “Le Maçon de Frioul” (The mason from Friuli). His ears stuck out so far that the Tour organizer, Henri Desgrange referred to him as “butterfly”.
On 15 June 1927, he was found dead by the roadside; the reason remains a mystery.