Enjoy the rest day today.  In a series of posts over the next few years, I will post about the heroes (or gods) of the Tour.

There is no way to get around the original hero, Fausto Coppi who died after leaving his wife–even after a personal visit from the pope who encouraged him to return to his wife. As a cyclist he was the best. No-one could really touch him, except his great nemesis–Gino Bartali. The affair with Giulia Occhini led to much controversy–people spat on Coppi because of his sin. Those people genrally supported Bartali, who was more pious. It was one of the few times that the characters of the Tour divided the fans over religion and morals.  However, there was no denying the talent of Coppi.

Races: Fausto Coppi’s two wins in the Tour de France: 1949 and 1952.
Exploits: Fausto Coppi’s first classic victory: the 1946 Milan – San Remo
Other significant victories: World Professional Pursuit Champion, 1947 and 1949