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Was Fausto Coppi murdered?(3 posts)

Was Fausto Coppi murdered?Brian C.
Jan 7, 2002 12:33 PM
An Italian newspaper reported on the weekend that the cycling legend died in 1960 as a result of being poisoned - not from malaria as was thought at the time. Corriere dello Sport alleged that Coppi had been administered a poison during a trip to Burkina Faso in December, 1959, before he died on January 2, 1960.
A French monk in Burkina Faso said Coppi - the first to win the Giro and the Tour in the same season, 1949, which he repeated in 1952 - was was killed in revenge for a fatal accident involving a cyclist from the Ivory Coast.
re: Was Fausto Coppi murdered?DINOSAUR
Jan 7, 2002 5:39 PM
I've never heard this verson. I thought it was blamed on his phyiscian who thought he had the flu, when in fact he had malaria. For what it's worth, if I glance up from my computer I have a photo of old Fausto riding the TDF around 1948. Maybe the Italians just won't let his legend die..
re: Was Fausto Coppi murdered?TJeanloz
Jan 8, 2002 11:44 AM
The commonly held believe that it was misdiagnosed malaria is probably true. Another Italian cyclist on that African safari also contracted malaria, but his was properly diagnosed, and he survived. He maintained that his symptoms were exactly the same as Coppi's.