Sunday, February 07, 2010

Requiescat in Pace Franco Ballerini

Cycling's lost a huge talent: Italian National Coach Franco Ballerini, who led Mario Cipollini, Paolo Bettini and most recently Alessandro Ballan to gold in the world championships, passed away today after a rally car crash in Italy.

He was a great champion in his own right, having won Paris-Roubaix in 1995 and 1998 as well as being a repeat podium finisher.

Condoglianze al ciclismo e Italia!

Here he is on the podium at Roubaix in 1998:

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