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October 30, 2012
So sorry to hear of the passing of Fiorenzo Magni, one of the trio of titans during Italy's golden era of racing. Coppi, Bartali, and Magni. He 3-peated the Tour of Flanders in horrific conditions and on wood rims, one of only two non-Belgians to win the event up to that time, and the only rider to consecutively win three times.
The New York Times ran a nice tribute on the event of his passing at the age of 91, October 17. He was a frequent visitor to Magreglio and the Ghisallo rim company and the driving force behind the magnificent cycling museum recently built there.
Like his compatriots, many of Magni's accomplishments are legend. He raced and lived with a determination that knows few equals.
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