Sport: Coppi's Comeback

Italy's Joe DiMaggio is a lean (5 ft. 11 in., 156 Ibs.), hawk-nosed bicycle racer named Fausto Coppi. In 1949 Coppi won bicycling's two biggest races, the Tour de France and the Giro d'ltalia, and was acclaimed "the greatest rider of all time." But the 1950 season was one disaster after another, including a.broken collarbone and a cracked pelvis suffered in bike crashes. Last year Fausto tried a comeback. He suffered, instead, a tremendous setback when he saw his younger brother, Serse, killed in a spill.

"I am through," grieved Coppi. Then, in a dramatic scene before his brother's grave, Coppi announced...

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