Friday, October 19, 2012

Grazie iL Leone delle Fiandre

1953, Paris Six-Day.

Fiorenzo Magni, the third man of the Coppi-Bartali era has passed away at the age of 91 years old.
He was an exemplary rider with three wins in the Giro d'Italia and three National Road Championships. However, he excelled in Belgium as a superior classic specialist enjoying the cold, wind, rainy weather conditions over the fearsome cobbles of Flanders. He handily battered his opponents to become the only rider to win 3 successive editions (1949, 1950, 1951).

The Belgian fans called him, "il Leone delle Fiandre."

Maglia rosa, 1951 Giro.

Having the unenviable task of riding against Coppi and Bartali, Magni once said,

I consider myself lucky because racing with them I could be part of this history. I would have won more without them but I wouldn't have been during a legendary cycling era.

Magni's funeral will be held at Ghisallo, the Museum of Cycling ...the fitting honor for one of cycling's most impressive heroes.

1951 Paris-Roubaix.

1953 Giro.

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