Classics Man… Franco Ballerini, 1964 – 2010 RIP
Franco Ballerini was born on December 11, 1964. He died today February 7, 2010 after an accident whilst rally driving. The Italian rider was a two-time winner in the Paris-Roubaix Classic. He also stood on the podium another two times at the same event. Ballerini won the 1995 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Andrei Tchmil of Russia and Johan Museeuw of Belgium. Ballerini also won the 1998 Paris-Roubaix Classic in front of Andrea Tafi of Italy and Wilfied Peeters of Belgium. Ballerini was 2nd in the 1993 Paris-Roubaix behind Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle of France. Ballerini was also 3rd in the 1994 Paris-Roubaix behind Andrei Tchmil of Russia and Fabio Baldato of Italy.