Posted by: Brad Beaman | November 15, 2013

Fiorenzo Magni Style

I will be riding Fiorenzo Magni this week in Thailand. Let me explain.

Fiorenzo Magni In the 1956 Giro d’Italia, stage 12, Fiorenzo Magni famously broke his left clavicle and still managed to finish 2nd place overall. At the hospital he refused a plaster cast and refused to abandon the Giro in the year of his announced retirement. Magni continued the race with his shoulder wrapped in an elastic bandage. To compensate for his inability to apply force with his left arm, he raced while holding a piece of rubber inner tube attached to his handlebar between his teeth for extra leverage.
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Since his injury prevented him from effectively braking and steering with his left hand, Magni crashed again after hitting a ditch by the road during a descent on stage 16. He fell on his already broken clavicle, breaking his humerus, after which he passed out from the pain. They put him in an ambulance, but when Magni regained his senses and realized that he was being taken to the hospital he screamed and told the driver to stop. Magni took his bike and was able to finish the stage in the peloton, which had waited for him. Magni, despite his injuries, placed 2nd, only 3 minutes and 27 seconds behind.

I have a left shoulder slap tear and an upcoming surgery. I am being inspired to keep riding by legendary Fiorenzo Magni and that is what I mean by riding Fiorenzo Magni Style.

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Brad B just befor shoulder surgery October 2013.

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