Goodbye Franco Ballerini.

Shocking news today as former two time Paris-Roubiax winner Franco Ballerini has died from injuries sustained in a rally race in Larciano Italy.

He rose to prominence with his 1995 & 1998 victories at P-R. But what he did in retirement was monumental. In 2001, he was the national team coach (I like the name best, Squadra Azzuri) and helped guide rainbow title's in the years: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008.

He will be missed, a true cycling legend...

Thank you, Franco!