Bettini favoured to replace Ballerini as Italian director

Paolo Bettini

The death of Franco Ballerini has left friends and fans mourning, but it has also left a big gap to fill, the role of Italian national team director.

Ballerini brought Italy five gold medals, including an Olympic win and two World Championship wins with Paolo Bettini, the likely successor.

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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.