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RIP Fiorenzo Magni

19 Oct 2012 09:02

I don't really know if there's a right place for such a thread, but I feel it doesn't deserve to be unnoticed.

Fiorenzo Magni passed away today, at age 92.

Farewell Fiorenzo. Riders like you don't exist anymore.

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A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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19 Oct 2012 09:39

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RIP Fiorenzo the lion of flanders

have a good race in heaven with Gino and Fausto

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19 Oct 2012 09:42

RIP. An extraordinary rider who is in part overlooked because of his fellow Italians, Bartali and, especially, Coppi.
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19 Oct 2012 09:54

Hard to be sad, he had achieved a lot. Had a pretty long innings. R.I.P
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19 Oct 2012 11:31

Toghether with Bartali one of my favourite riders ever.
Ciao Fiorenzo.
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19 Oct 2012 12:20

rest in peace grande Fiorenzo
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19 Oct 2012 12:25

We owe him the extra-sport sponsors. I don't know if it's good or bad, probably a necessary evil.

He had his flaws, but it's not the right moment to remind them. I do like Fiorenzo Magni. I celebrated his 90th birthday on this forum. Because reaching such an age is quite good for our sport (see what I mean). And I still wish Ferdi Kübler, Pino Cerami, Giovanni Corrieri, Alfredo Martini a long and healthy life. And I won't forget Pierre Cogan, aged 98 !!

Edit: + Émile Idée, 2nd of 1948 Paris-Roubaix, aged 92.

Fiorenzo Magni won three Tour of Flanders at a time, you really saw any foreigners here in the North and even less a Mediterranean.

Coppi paved the way for that when he won the Omloop Het Volk, before being downgraded to second place because of an illegal bike change. Of course, you previously had the Garin's and Rossi but they were French immigrants. It really changed with Coppi and Magni.

Just for that I take my hat off to Fiorenzo Magni. RIP
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19 Oct 2012 13:56

RIP Leone delle Fiandre
Broom wagon legend.
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19 Oct 2012 18:21

Ciao Leone.
Ci mancherai.
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19 Oct 2012 18:32

Eshnar wrote:Image


For those who don't know the story of that picture here it is (from wikipedia)

In the 1956 Giro d’Italia, stage 12, Fiorenzo Magni famously broke his left clavicle and still managed to finish 2nd place overall. At the hospital he refused a to put on a plaster cast and refused to abandon the Giro in the year of his announced retirement. Magni continued the race with his shoulder wrapped in an elastic bandage. To compensate for his inability to apply force with his left arm, he raced while holding a piece of rubber inner tube attached to his handlebar between his teeth for extra leverage. Since his injury prevented him from effectively braking and steering with his left hand, Magni crashed again after hitting a ditch by the road during a descent on stage 16. He fell on his already broken clavicle, breaking his humerus, after which he passed out from the pain. They put him in an ambulance, but when Magni regained his senses and realized that he was being taken to the hospital he screamed and told the driver to stop. Magni took his bike was able to finish the stage in the peloton, who had waited for him. Of the evening that followed Magni said "I had no idea of how serious my condition was, I just knew that I was in a lot of pain but I didn't want to have X-rays that evening".[2] Just four stages later, the infamous 20th stage of Giro '56 dawned where Luxembourg's Charly Gaul would execute his legendary mountain stage victory in Trento, haunted by snow and ice over the Costalunga, Rolle, Brocon and Bondone climbs. That day 60 people abandoned, and Gaul went from 16 minutes behind to winning the 1956 Giro, Magni, dispite his injuries, placed 2nd, only 3 minutes and 27 seconds behind.


He was a true hardmen of the peloton the likes of which we may never see again, to place 2nd with all those injuries on stage 20 and to not quit no matter what clearly demonstrates true strength, determination, and a love of racing and cycling.

Rest in Peace Lion of Flanders.
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19 Oct 2012 18:37

sad news, the picture and history of the 56 giro is imo one of the best in the history of cycling
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19 Oct 2012 23:32

RCS Sport will dedicate the Maglia Rosa of the 2013 Giro to Magni, and will hold a memorial for him May 26th in Brescia.

Michele Acquarone-
"Fiorenzo used to tell me: 'No one gives you anything for free in life, you have to fight everyday and try to improve yourself.' His panache and his courage will all be an example to follow, by me and by my sons. He will be greatly missed."


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/giro-ditalia-to-dedicate-2013-jersey-to-magni
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20 Oct 2012 20:33

Afrank wrote:For those who don't know the story of that picture here it is (from wikipedia)



He was a true hardmen of the peloton the likes of which we may never see again, to place 2nd with all those injuries on stage 20 and to not quit no matter what clearly demonstrates true strength, determination, and a love of racing and cycling.

Rest in Peace Lion of Flanders.


That story is so epic it doesn't seem real. This is just a totalt different level of human being.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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20 Oct 2012 22:05

Afrank wrote:For those who don't know the story of that picture here it is (from wikipedia)



He was a true hardmen of the peloton the likes of which we may never see again, to place 2nd with all those injuries on stage 20 and to not quit no matter what clearly demonstrates true strength, determination, and a love of racing and cycling.

Rest in Peace Lion of Flanders.


i've read that story multiple times when it comes up and every time it blows my mind.
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21 Oct 2012 02:56

Ciao grande Fiorenzo riposa in pace
Testing the bounds of reality.
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21 Oct 2012 03:03

A man deserving to be called Flandrien in the truest sense of the word.
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21 Oct 2012 04:49

Eshnar wrote:I don't really know if there's a right place for such a thread, but I feel it doesn't deserve to be unnoticed.

Fiorenzo Magni passed away today, at age 92.

Farewell Fiorenzo. Riders like you don't exist anymore.

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Bravo! Thanks for posting this. An heroic rider such as Fiorenzo should not be forgotten. He was a true pure and honest rider.

Not like the "specialists" of today.
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21 Oct 2012 10:20

The Hitch wrote:That story is so epic it doesn't seem real. This is just a totalt different level of human being.


many witness still alive......
and no photoshop in the 50s
that time racers was very hard, beyond fanaticism
not like today

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21 Oct 2012 11:48

Capablanca and me wrote:many witness still alive......
and no photoshop in the 50s
that time racers was very hard, beyond fanaticism
not like today

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I suppose The Hitch was just pointing out that by modern standards a story like that is plain impossible. :o
That's history, no chance it's false.
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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21 Oct 2012 13:54

Eshnar wrote:I suppose The Hitch was just pointing out that by modern standards a story like that is plain impossible. :o
That's history, no chance it's false.


OK :)
sometimes human will is over the human body
Magni was epic, a true legend, a true warrior
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