Italian national team coach and classics legend Franco Ballerini died in a crash in a rally car race. What a shame. Ballerini was one of the best classics racers of the 1980s-1990s. And, he proved to be the missing link needed to get the Italians in line for the world championship. Italian cycling is going to suffer tremendously from this loss. He was the future grand old man. The Italian equivalent of Bruyneel–only with a better racing pedigree. No more. Rally car racing?
Franco Ballerini 1964-2010