By William Fotheringham
A notable biography of 1 of history's greatest cyclists—a guy who lived a tumultous lifestyles, and used to be voted the preferred Italian sportsman of the 20 th century Fausto Angelo Coppi used to be 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 conflict died reviled and heartbroken. the best bicycle owner of the instant 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 accomplished legendary prestige for his crushing solo victories, international titles and international files. yet his importance extends a ways past his game. Coppi's scandalous divorce and debatable early dying convulsed a conservative, staunchly Roman Catholic Italy within the Nineteen Fifties. At a time whilst adultery used to be nonetheless unlawful, Coppi and his lover have been dragged from their mattress in the midst of the evening, excommunicated, and compelled to stand a clamorous criminal conflict, the ramifications of which are nonetheless being felt this day. advised with perception and intelligence, this can be a distinct portrait of Italy and Italian activity at a time of tumultuous switch.