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A Talk with Felice Gimondi, "Il Campionissimo"
« on: April 24, 2012, 16:18 »
A nice read.

Here in full;

I was in a break with others, only ten seconds ahead of the peloton and we could not slow down. We were all redlined. Before leaving that day I had written some numbers on my doeskin gloves: on one glove I had written the numbers corresponding to the sprinters and on the other I had written the numbers of the riders racing for the General Classification. In this way I had things under control. You know I didn't know all the riders yet. Knowing that Darrigade, who was in the break with me, was a dangerous man in the sprints I tried an escape with 1 km to go and I won with 4-5 second lead.

It can pay to be prepared and think ahead. I wonder how many of today's pro adopt a similar attitude or do they think they'll hear it all on the radio during the race!

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    Benotti's contradictions again.  ??? :-\

    I like Gimondi though he had his flaws. And the Worlds 1973 controversy was not that.

    By the way I much prefer Valeria's interview of Franco Bitossi:
    A great champion and a detailed description of his extraordinarily long career.  :win
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