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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.
“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.”
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.