1956 Giro di Lombardia Coppi in tears…….
One to put a lump in the throat of any Coppiani. Giro di Lombardia, 1956. Coppi attacked the sprinters with 500 meters to go, and nearly won, but Andre Darrigade of the Bianchi team nipped him on the line. Coppi still finished ahead of such strong finishers as Magni, Poblet, Van Looy, Debruyne, and Bobet, but at 36 years of age, Coppi must have known this might be his last chance to win a major race. On the infield, Coppi cried bitter tears. He had been the one who brought Darrigade to the Bianchi team in 1955, only to be dropped from the team himself the following year. Coppi never again came so close to winning a Classic. Photo from “Settimo Giorno”.