Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


The Lion of Flanders
October 30, 2012, 06:00
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In Italy, Magni was known as “the third man,” the chief competitor of the Italian cycling gods Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. He was not their equal in popularity – partly because of allegations that he had collaborated with Fascists during the war – but he won his share of races.

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“In life, defeats are more likely to happen than wins,” Magni said.

“Losing to Coppi and Bartali, and therefore congratulating them, is an experience that I am happy to have had – an experience that taught me a lot.”

via http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/cyclist-fiorenzo-magni-the-lion-of-flanders-was-a-furious-rider/article4742437/

Magni won 7 Tour de France stages and the Giro 3 times and some other stuff. He may also have been a fascist, but then, it turns out, so are most Americans.



Idlib
May 5, 2012, 05:00
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From March…

Syrian forces are executing scores of suspected opposition sympathisers in the northern city of Idlib, often burning their bodies in piles or torching them in their homes then sending family members to find them, witnesses say.

Idlib residents who spoke to an Amnesty International official last month painted a dire portrait of a city at the mercy of regime troops and irregular loyalists who routinely sweep homes seeking dissenters to kill.

via The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/04/syrian-forces-executing-burning-idlib

And don’t forget Homs.




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