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Fausto Coppi, 1942, Vigorelli Velodrome, Milan, Record de l'heure : 45.798 km
Fausto Coppi - Il Campionissimo.
Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali in background
generalbikestore: ……..The house of the Coppi’s, Castellania, Italy
Racing around the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan Italy. This had not been done in years and we were kicked out after three laps
Bartali's rivalry with Fausto Coppi divided Italy. Bartali, conservative, was venerated in the rural, agrarian south, while Coppi, more worldly, secular, innovative in diet and training, was hero of the industrial north.
Gino Bartali & Fausto Coppi, Col D'Aubisque, 1949. The verdict is still out in Italy who gave the bottle to the other. The picture was in fact staged.
Fausto Coppi "The Campionissimo" (1919-1960, Ital) - Coppi won his first major victory in 1940 at the age of 20 and his last in 1954 at the age of 35.