R.I.P Fiorenzo Magni (December 7, 1920 - October 19, 2012). He won the Giro in 1948, 1951 and 1955 and the Tour the Flanders in 1949, 1950 and 1951
During Stage 12 of the 1956 Giro descending from Volterra Magni fell and broke his collarbone, but rode on to the finish then went to hospital. You better go home, they said. Better to stay in the Giro, he replied. The next day was a rest day. The “Lion” got himself bandaged up and back on the bike: Livorno-Lucca, Lucca-Bologna, the time trial climb from Bologna to San Luca. Since Magni couldn’t press on the handlebars on the climb, his mechanic Faliero Masi cut a piece of inner tube, tied it to the handlebars and told him to bite on it. It worked. He still made it all the way to Milan and finished second behind Charly Gaul.
Thanks to Giro d’Italia for the text and la bicicleteria for the photograph.