Monday, September 21, 2009

Gino Bartali Postage Stamp

Poste Italiane is issuing three new stamps on October 22nd featuring past champions Gino Bartali, Valentino Mazzola (captain of the legendary Grande Torino soccer team, killed in the Superga air disaster) and Michele Alboreto (racing car driver).

Bartali won the Giro d'Italia twice (in 1936 and 1937) and the Tour de France in 1938 and again in 1948 giving him the largest gap between victories in the race. And, of course, there is the rivalry with Coppi that divided Italy.

A Fausto Coppi postage stamp was issued by Poste Italiane in 1999.

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