RIP Fiorenzo Magni

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.

 
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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Eshnar said:
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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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
 
Afrank said:
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.
 
Afrank said:
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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Eshnar said:
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.

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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The Hitch said:
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

(sorry my english is weak)
 
Capablanca and me said:
many witness still alive......
and no photoshop in the 50s
that time racers was very hard, beyond fanaticism
not like today

(sorry my english is weak)
I suppose The Hitch was just pointing out that by modern standards a story like that is plain impossible. :eek:
That's history, no chance it's false.
 
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Eshnar said:
I suppose The Hitch was just pointing out that by modern standards a story like that is plain impossible. :eek:
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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