Wednesday, February 4, 2009

His last laugh.

Magrini's last laugh.
I admire the underdog. The everyday worker becomes a hero!
Stage 7, 1983 Tour.
(left to right): Leaving these sprinters in the dust; Vanderaerden, Kelly & Glaus.
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Even a domestique can be king for the day as on stage 7 during the 1983 Tour de France. Italian, Ricardo Magrini (Metauromobili Pinarello) worked hard to get into the right position to be part of the massive sprint. He did it, from Nantes - Ile d-Oleron, nipping everyone. Green jersey holder, Eric Vanderaerden, Sean Kelly and Gilbert Glaus were the favorites on this long ardulous 216 km stage.

'Bout en train,' or life of the party was Magrini's day to shine. Already a stage winner at the 1983 Giro, Magrini pulled off yet another celebration. But, before the start of the Pyrennes, he would abandon on stage 10. 

In the end, the peloton got the last laugh!

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