Obituaries

Fiorenzo Magni, Italian bicycling champion, at 91

Fiorenzo Magni (left) winning a stage in Paris during the 1953 Tour de France.

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Fiorenzo Magni (left) winning a stage in Paris during the 1953 Tour de France.

ROME — Fiorenzo Magni, a three-time Giro d’Italia champion, has died of an aneurism, the Italian cycling federation ­announced Friday.

He was 91.

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Mr. Magni was a rival of cycling greats Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali.

He was the Giro winner in 1948, 1951, and 1955.

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Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco said Mr. Magni was ‘‘respected and feared’’ by Coppi and Bartali.

He also said that Mr. Magni had helped revolutionize ­cycling by opening the sport to companies not asso­ciated with bicycles.

Di Rocco called for a ­minute’s silence in Mr. Magni’s honor to be held before every cycling race in ­Italy this weekend.

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