Italy's famed national coach, Alfredo Martini dies

Riders pay tribute to former professional cyclist and Italy's coach Alfredo Martini, who died on Monday aged 93

Alfredo Martini

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alfredo Martini died yesterday at home in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, at the age of 93. He won several races as a professional cyclist, but excelled as a director: helping Gösta Pettersson conquer the 1971 Giro d'Italia and Italy's national team to six gold medals at the World Championships.

"People celebrate me as if I've won the races," Martini said on his 90th birthday. "I've had the luck to work with great cyclists who knew how to apply themselves."

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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.