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Friday, July 1, 2011
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Gastone Nencini born March 1, 1930 in Barberino di Mugello, Italy won the 1960 Tour de France and the 1957 Giro d'Italia.
Nicknamed; Leone del Mugello, "The Lion of Mugello",
Nencini was a powerful all-rounder, particularly strong in the mountains.
He was an amateur painter and a chain smoker. He was a gifted descender. "The only reason to follow Nencini downhill would be if you had a death wish", said the French rider Raphael Geminiani. It was trying to follow Nencini down a mountain that Roger Riviere missed a bend, crashed over a wall and broke his spine.