Fausto Coppi

Cycling Legend
Born Sep 15, 1919

Angelo Fausto Coppi, was the dominant international cyclist of the years each side of the Second World War. His successes earned him the title Il Campionissimo, or champion of champions. He was an all-round racing cyclist: he excelled in both climbing and time trialing, and was also a great sprinter. He won the Giro d'Italia five times, the Tour de France twice, and the World Championship in 1953.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on September 15, 1919.
1927 7 Years Old Coppi had poor health as a child and showed little interest in school. In 1927 he wrote "I ought to be at school, not riding my bicycle" after skipping lessons to spend the day riding a family bike which he had found in a cellar, rusty and without brake blocks. … Read More


1938 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Coppi took a racing licence at the start of 1938 and won his first race, at Castelleto d'Orba, near the butcher's shop. … Read More
1939 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Cavanna suggested in 1939 that Coppi should become an independent, a class of semi-professionals who could ride against both amateurs and professionals. … Read More


1940 20 Years Old His first large success was in 1940, winning the Giro d'Italia at the age of 20.
1942 22 Years Old In 1942 he set a world hour record (45.798 km at the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan) which stood for 14 years until it was broken by Jacques Anquetil in 1956. … Read More
1943 23 Years Old …  Officers favoured him at first to keep him riding his bike, but in March 1943 they sent him to North Africa. … Read More
In 1946 he resumed racing and achieved remarkable successes which would be exceeded only by Eddy Merckx.
1948 28 Years Old …  By the 1948 world championship at Valkenburg, South Holland in the Netherlands, both climbed off rather than help the other.
Twice, 1949 and 1952, Coppi won the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year, the first to do so. … Read More


1951 31 Years Old Coppi's career declined after the scandal. He had already been hit in 1951 by the death of his younger brother, Serse Coppi, who crashed in a sprint in the Giro del Piemonte and died of a cerebral haemorrhage. … Read More
1953 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He won the Giro d'Italia five times (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953), the Tour de France twice (1949 and 1952), and the World Championship in 1953. … Read More
1954 34 Years Old …  Its president, Bartolo Paschetta, wrote on 8 July 1954: "Dear Fausto, yesterday evening St. Peter made it known to me that the news adultery had caused him great pain". … Read More
Pierre Chany said he was first to be dropped each day in the Vuelta a España in 1959. … Read More


1960 40 Years Old Died on January 2, 1960.
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