He was born in Vaiano,Tuscany). He was the "third man" of the golden age of Italian cycling, at the time of the great rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. The highlights of his career were his three overall wins in the 1948, 1951 and 1955 Giro d'Italia, and the three consecutive wins (record) at the Ronde van Vlaanderen (1949, 1950 and 1951).
During the 12th stage of the 1950 Tour de France, while he was wearing the yellow jersey, he was forced to retire from the race (together with all the other Italian riders) by Bartali, captain of the Italian team, who had been threatened and assaulted by some French supporters accusing him to have caused Jean Robic's fall.
Ivan Basso presenting his Giro Maglia Rosa to Fiorenzo who is the President of the Ghisallo Museum
photo from http://bikeraceinfo.com
At his car dealership in Monza
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