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Angelo Fausto Coppi (1919–1960), was an Italian cyclist, the dominant international cyclist of the years each side of the Second World War. His successes earned him the title Il Campionissimo, or champion of champions. He was an all-round racing cyclist: he excelled in both climbing and time trialing, and was also a great sprinter. He won the Giro d'Italia five times (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953), the Tour de France twice (1949 and 1952), and the World Championship in 1953. Other notable results include winning the Giro di Lombardia five times, the Milan–San Remo three times, as well as wins at Paris–Roubaix and La Flèche Wallonne and setting the hour record (45.798 km) in 1942.
Engraver: Valerio De Seta
Depicts a Fausto Coppi’s profile right. The engraver's name below. Surrounded by the bicycle chain with 40 holes recalling the death of the champion at the age of 40. He died of malaria after a trip to Burkina Faso to promote cycling in Africa in 1960.
Depicts in the hairpin bends, Fausto Coppi fled in front of two detached cyclists. Value is on the left, mintmark below. The composition is closed by a forty-tooth bicycle pinion, recalling the death of the champion at the age of 40.
FAUSTO COPPI 1919-2019