Pino Cerami, winner of the 1960 Paris-Roubaix and Flèche Wallonne, died yesterday in Charleroi, Belgium due to deteriorating health problems. He was 92.
Cerami was born in Misterbianco, in Sicily, on April 28, 1922, and travelled the world thanks to cycling. When he was six, he moved with his parents to Belgium where he was naturalised as a citizen in 1956.
Giuseppe, known affectionately and simply as 'Pino' cycled through the golden years of Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. He never won a Grand Tour, and was instead known as a passista or a rouleur; the sort who could win some of cycling's hardest races. He was to add the Tour of Belgium, Paris-Brussels and Flèche Wallonne to his palmarès before the end of his career.
Cerami had the staying power to race until 1963 when he was 41 years old. Thanks to his stage nine win in the 1963 Tour de France, he still holds the title as the oldest stage winner in the race since the Second World War.
He lived on after he retired thanks to a race in his honour, the Grand Prix Pino Cerami, south of Brussels, in Wallonia. Italian sprinter and Mark Cavendish's helper, Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the race this April 12.
Cerami lived to be 92, dying on September 20, three days after his family had reportedly admitted him to a nursing home due to declining health.
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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.
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