The Last True Gran Fondo: La Fausto Coppi Sportive Is A Ride Like Few Others

Mark Cohen 4 Jul 2019 A sportive that's very much raced, not ridden. Photos: Laura Atzeni La Via Roma in Cuneo, a city in northwestern Italy has, for 32 years, played host to one of the most impassioned tributes to cycling in Europe. Each year the Piazza Galimberti - a massive square connecting the historic and more modern city centre - is feted by industry and route organisers. There is a fervent mythologising of la Campionissimo that’s unmissable. This year’s running was particularly eventful as it marked the 100th anniversary of Fausto Coppi’s birth. To celebrate, the Museo Civico - a converted, frescoed church turned gallery - is exhibiting video, jerseys, bikes and memorabilia from his life - a stunning tribute to one of the area’s favourite sons. Riders in this year’s race sported blue and white jerseys, akin to the Bianchi kit Coppi made famous, only with less wool. ...

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