Cesare Cipollini, the former cyclist brother of Mario, died at the age of 64

The former world champion remembers him on social media: “Mine was a childhood of a fan towards him”

The cycling world mourns the death at the age of 64 of Cesare Cipollini, a former professional cyclist from 1978 to 1990, older brother of the 2002 world champion Mario and father of Edoardo, one of the best Italian juniors. Cesare had undergone a heart transplant in February 2019. As an amateur he won the Florence-Viareggio and the Giro delle Tre Province in 1977. As a professional he won the Giro dell’Emilia 1983 and among his most important results there is also the then world record (4’24’ ‘000) in the team pursuit at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, when he was called up to the national team despite being only a junior in the quartet with Sandro Callari, Rino De Candido and Beppe Saronni.

Mario Cipollini remembers him on his social profiles by posting a photo of his brother together with Beppe Saronni. “My brother Cesare is gone. My mind flees to look for the beautiful moments. This photo has an immense meaning for me, it was hung in a “room” adorned with cups and trophies. The photo in question portrays Cesare at alongside Giuseppe Saronni. This photo brings me back to my heart, when as a child (9 years apart) I felt so proud to have a brother who is Champion! Mine was a childhood of a fan towards him, of traveling to follow him in races, to observe him at all times. I still have memories of when he prepared his bike or when he packed his suitcase to go to the Giro d’Italia. And I saw him as a superhero. Have a good trip Cesare, rest in peace”.

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