Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Steel Wül Trivia for 500 Please
Congrats to M. Staiger! She posted the first correct answer. Only a true TDF buff would care enough to research that detail.
What former TDF rider had a father who was a POW with Fausto Coppi in North Africa during WW-II?
When the route of the 1992 TDF announced that the 13th stage would take the race into Italy to finish in Sestrieres, Claudio told his father he would win that stage. He would win it for him, and for the memory of Fausto Coppi, for it was on that very stage to Setrieres that the Campionissimo had sealed his Tour victory in 1952, riding solo over the last 21 kilometers of the final ascent to finish 7 minuets ahead of the second-placed rider. Exactly 40 years to the date, Chiappucci soloed into Sestrieres fulfilling his promise to his father and Coppi. The Italians went absolutely crazy!