By William Fotheringham
A impressive biography of 1 of history's greatest cyclists—a guy who lived a tumultous existence, and was once voted the most well-liked Italian sportsman of the twentieth century Fausto Angelo Coppi was once the campionissimo, or champion of champions, and this is often the tragic tale of his life and death, and how a guy who grew to become the logo of a nation's rebirth after the mess ups of warfare died reviled and heartbroken. the best bike owner of the quick post-war years, he was once the 1st guy to win cycling's nice double, the journey de France and travel of Italy, within the comparable year—and he did it two times. He completed legendary prestige for his crushing solo victories, international titles and global documents. yet his importance extends a ways past his activity. Coppi's scandalous divorce and arguable early loss of life convulsed a conservative, staunchly Roman Catholic Italy within the Nineteen Fifties. At a time while adultery used to be nonetheless unlawful, Coppi and his lover have been dragged from their mattress in the course of the evening, excommunicated, and compelled to stand a clamorous criminal conflict, the ramifications of which are nonetheless being felt at the present time. advised with perception and intelligence, it is a specific portrait of Italy and Italian recreation at a time of tumultuous switch.
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