Italian coach Aldo Sassi dies from brain cancer

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Aldo Sassi's battle with brain cancer ended last night, just after midnight, near his home northern Italy. The trainer for Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans and other cyclists, died at the age of 51.

Sassi was the managing director of the Mapei Sport training centre, where Evans and Basso were his star clients. He helped Basso win his second Giro d'Italia title this May. Evans won a stage and spent a day in the leader's pink jersey, he also on the one-day classic Flèche Wallonne and wore the Tour de France's yellow jersey thanks to Sassi.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.