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Ottavio Bottecchia
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Athlete
    (August 1, 1894-June 14, 1927)
    Born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy
    Tour de France champion (1924, 1925)
    Died from a skull fracture at 32
    He was overshadowed by other Italian cyclists.
    He died under mysterious circumstances.
    He was discovered beaten on the side of a road, with a mortal head injury.
    The bike he rode sat unmarred, propped against a tree.
    He died at a hospital several hours later.
    While serving as a sharpshooter in World War I, he was taken prisoner but escaped.
    He was Italy's first Tour de France winner.
    His death was attributed to Fascists angry with his Socialist political leanings.
    The brand of bike bearing his name is one of the most successful in Europe.
    Greg Lemond won 1989's Tour de France riding a Bottecchia bike.

Credit: Black Chic


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