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Franco Ballerini

Franco Ballerini
Ballerini at the 1993 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Franco Ballerini
Born (1964-12-11)11 December 1964
Florence, Italy
Died 7 February 2010(2010-02-07) (aged 45)
Pistoia, Italy
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1986–1987 Magniflex
1988 Del Tongo
1989 Malvor-Sidi
1990–1991 Del Tongo
1992–1993 GB-MG Maglificio
1994–1998 Mapei-GB
1999–2000 Lampre-Daikin
2001 Mapei-Quick Step
Major wins
Paris–Roubaix (1995, 1998)

Franco Ballerini (11 December 1964 – 7 February 2010) was an Italian road racing cyclist.

Born in Florence, his greatest exploits as a rider came with his two victories in the cycling classic Paris–Roubaix, riding for the Mapei cycling team. In 1993 he was beaten on the line by Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle in an exciting Paris–Roubaix finale. Also on his palmarès or list of accomplishments there are other one-day races such as Omloop Het Volk and Paris–Brussels.

Ballerini then became manager of the Italian national cycling squad, winning the 2002 World Championships with Mario Cipollini and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with ex-teammate Paolo Bettini. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 he won the World Championships with Paolo Bettini and Alessandro Ballan.

On 7 February 2010, Ballerini, a rallying fan, was seriously injured during a race in Larciano where he was participating as co-driver/navigator for professional driver Alessandro Ciardi. He later died of his injuries at the Pistoia city hospital. He was 45 years old.[1][2]

He was honored by race organizers in 2010.[3]

Racing history

Wins
1987
Tre Valli Varesine
1989
GP Città di Camaiore
1990
Giro di Campania
Paris–Brussels
Grand Prix des Amériques
Giro del Piemonte
1991
Giro della Romagna
14th stage of Giro d'Italia
1993
2nd stage A Hofbrau Cup
1995
Omloop Het Volk
Paris–Roubaix
1996
GP van Wallonië
5th stage Tour of Austria
1998
Paris–Roubaix
Tour de France
  • 1992 – 115th
  • 1993 – 61st

References

  1. ^ "Tragedia, muore Franco Ballerini" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Italian coach Franco Ballerini dies in rally crash". cyclingnews.com. 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100410/sp_wl_afp/cyclingfraroubaixita
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