RCS Sport, the organizer of Giro d’Italia, has put together 100 journalist to rate the greatest moments of the race’s 103-year history. “To exorcise the World’s end, as predicted by the Mayan Prophecy”, journalists were questioned over the most memorable moments in the race’s history.
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Pédaleur de charme, meaning “Pedaler of Charm“, was Hugo Koblet‘s nickname (He won Tour de France in 1951 and Giro d’Italia in 1950). He also won the Mountain Classification of Giro d’Italia in 1950.
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The rivalry between two Italian cycling legend, Fausto Coppi (“Il Campionissimo-champion of champions) and Gino Bartali was not limited to cycling. Football was the second popular sport after cycling, in post-war Italy.
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Stage 18 of Tour de France 2013 (100th edition) is a Mountain stage with summit finish between Gap and Alpe d’Huez. The length of the course is 172.5 kilometers. Peloton will climb Alpe d’Huez not once but twice.
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The Cima Coppi is the summit with highest altitude reached by cyclists during the Giro d’Italia. It was established in 1965, five years after the death of the “Il Campionissimo” (champion of champions) Fausto Coppi.
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Stage 19 of Giro d’Italia 2013 edition is a High Mountain stage with summit finish, between Ponte di Legno and Val Martello. The length of the course is 138 kilometers, short but tough. The route also contains epic climbs of Passo Gavia (3618 m) and Passo dello Stelvio (2758 m).
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Italian cycling legend, “Lion of Flanders” Fiorenzo Magni dies aged 91 today. Also known as the “third man” in Italy during the era of rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, reportedly passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Monza, to the north of Milan.
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96th edition of Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) will start from Naples on May 4th, 2013, Saturday. It will finish on May 26th 2013, Sunday.
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Early 20th journalists started creating nicknames for the cyclists. This effort popularized the cycling sport and make the racers interesting to the people who were not interested in cycling much. This tradition is still continuing today. Here the list of cyclists’ nicknames in alphabetical order (by surname, starting with C):
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