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Magni the Lion

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 28, 2012
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1951: Until 1948 only one foreigner had won here, the Swiss Heiri Suter in 1923. But then, three years in a row, a fearsome Italian tamed the elements, the cobblestones, and even Briek Schotte, “the Last of the Flandrians.” With this third victory, Fiorenzo Magni is hailed as “the Lion of Flanders.”

1951: Until 1948 only one foreigner had won here, the Swiss Heiri Suter in 1923. But then, three years in a row, a fearsome Italian tamed the elements, the cobblestones, and even Briek Schotte, “the Last of the Flandrians.” With this third victory, Fiorenzo Magni is hailed as “the Lion of Flanders.”

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