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Cycling books: Fausto Coppi autobiography

I am reading Will Fotheringham’s Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi. I decided to look for YouTube clips of him but most of the original footage is overlaid with music and powerpoint-style text that wasn’t really to my taste. I did find these dreamlike recreated scenes, from an Italian film about Gino Bartali.

The clip of Coppi and Bartali riding together in the Tour on an Italian team is particularly evocative. Bartali was a bitter rival in the Giro, the Classics and the Italian racing circuit, but when it came to the Tour and the Worlds, it was a real struggle for the Italian team manager Alfredo Binda to get them to bury the hatchet and ride together. On one occasion Binda decreed that Coppi was the team leader

This footage seems to be from a two-part Italian TV drama focusing on Bartali from a channel called Rai Fiction or Rai Uno.

Info on the programme
Still shots
Film available here! (Italian no subtitles)

Will Fotheringham’s book naturally covers his phenomenal success in cycling, including his two Tour-Giro doubles. It also delves into the then-scandalous breakup from his wife Bruna and Giulia Locatelli, and gives some surprising insight into the state of Italy, and cycling just after the second world war.