Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Italian cycling great Fiorenzo Magni dies at 91


Rome, October 19 - One of Italian cycling's
all-time greats, Fiorenzo Magni, died Friday aged 91.
Nicknamed the Lion of Flanders, Magni was the 'third man'
of Italian cycling's heroic era, vying with Fausto Coppi and
Gino Bartali.
A Tuscan like Bartali, his start on two wheels began while
working in his father's shop as a bicycle delivery boy, sparking
a passion that would lead him to racing in the cycling
association in the province of Prato in 1936.
The professional turning point came after World War II in
1947, when he placed ninth in his first Giro d'Italia, the
world's second-greatest cycling tour after the Tour de France.
He went on to win three Giro d'Italia races, in 1948, 1951
and 1955.
He also came second in 1956, at the age of 36, famously
with a broken left clavicle and humerus.
Refusing to withdraw from the race after two crashes - even
after passing out from the pain - Magni placed only three
minutes and 27 seconds behind Luxembourg's Charly Gaul in the
last leg of the race that saw 60 racers drop out due to snow and
While wearing the yellow leader's jersey in the 12th stage
of the 1950 Tour de France, Magni was forced to pull out of the
race with the rest of the Italian team, led by Bartali, who had
been attacked by some French fans for allegedly causing Jean
Robic to fall.
Earning his nickname, Magni won a record three consecutive
titles at the Tour of Flanders in 1949, 1950 and 1951.
He earned a reputation for thriving in harsh-weather
conditions - all three of his Flanders wins were in immense cold
and wind.
He was runner-up in the world road race championships in
After retiring he became a cycling official and managed the
Italian cycling team for several years.

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