The former Arsenal man has declared himself faster than the Jamaican sprint icon - but only if the pair were dribbling with a football
The Cote d'Ivoire international netted twice in Roma's 3-2 Coppa Italia semi-final win over Napoli on Wednesday and he was over the moon with his side's hard-fought first-leg victory.
"I would beat him [Bolt] with the ball at my feet. Without the ball, he would be quicker," Gervinho joked to Rai Sport.
"We started pretty well, but were pushed back by Napoli after the break. Napoli's early goal in the second half hurt us, but we had the will and courage to fight back.
"It was a great feeling to score the winner and celebrate with my team-mates and the fans.
"It was very important to eventually take a win from this first leg. We are now one step closer to the final, but Napoli should not be underestimated."
The return takes place at the Stadio San Paolo on February 12.