In the early 1960s Franco Balmamion won consecutive editions of the Giro d’Italia, an accomplishment no Italian cyclist has been able to match in almost half a century since. In the post-war era only Balmamion and the three great champions Coppi, Merckx and Indurain, have successfully defended the fabled maglia rosa, the pink jersey of the Giro winner. Yet practically unknown, this rider whose Giro record exceeded all but the very greatest, and who, with a portion of the support others relished, might well have won not only a third Giro, but also the Tour de France.
In seizing the 1962 Giro Balmamion, the so-called ’Silent Champion’, showed astonishing mental and physical bravery, overwhelming not merely his competitors but moreover the mutiny and skullduggery of a famed, renowned team-mate. His marathon performance, at the age just twenty-two, was the equal of anything achieved by any of the true giants of the sport, but remains a story untold, overlooked by the cycling world. Herbie Sykes asks in an unforgettable quest to recover the memory of ’The Eagle of the Canavese’ how has cycling contrived to neglect the feats of such a rider? In so doing he rediscovers the idealistic, parochial community of Italian cycling, revealing for the first time the secrets of the race, and of the heroes and villains involved. Their stories, by turns heroic, astonishing and heartbreaking, are as immediate today as they were back then.
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