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19 May, 2022

Giordano Cottur: local hero

76 years ago the first post-war Giro was one to remember.  It’s June 30th, 1946 and what seemed to be a quiet, flat stage from Rovigo to Trieste would become…

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13 May, 2022

Kubler, Koblet: birth of cool at the 1954 Giro.

Two figures who contributed significantly to establishing a golden age of style in cycling, aside from the immortal Coppi and Fiorenzo Magni (above all for his exquisite courtesy), were undoubtedly…

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05 May, 2022

The real Balmamion

Exactly 50 years ago the “Eagle of the Canavese” won his first Giro d’Italia in a De Marchi jersey. Here’s the real story about his name. Born in Nole Canavese,…

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22 April, 2022

Paris-roubaix: the hell of the North

“It’s a shitty race! We ride like animals, we don’t even have the time to take a piss so we piss in our shorts. You’re riding in mud like this,…

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07 April, 2022

Maglia Nera: The Untold Story

Original text by Giovanni Battistuzzi - English adaptation by Herbie Sykes It’s very far from easy, finishing last. Of course we like to delude ourselves that the last man is…

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07 April, 2022

Molteni: All about the family

The date it’s 1958, the place is Arcore, Italy and “Sciur” (mister) Pietro Molteni is king of salami in what will soon be Berlusconi’s playground. Villa Certosa is only a…

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07 April, 2022

Faema: coffee and cycling, a love affair.

“I liked to have a coffee and smoke a cigarette, even at the Tour de France: it calmed my nerves”. (Eddy Merckx) Ah the seventies! Drug, sex, rock’n roll, flare…

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