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Encyclopedia > Fabio Casartelli
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A plaque on Col de Portet d'Aspet where Fabio Casartelli died
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Fabio Casartelli (August 16, 1970July 18, 1995) was an Italian cyclist and an Olympic gold medalist, who died in a crash on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet, France, during the 15th stage of the 1995 Tour de France. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Police officer on a bicycle Cycling is a recreation, a sport and a means of transport across land. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The 92 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Final results for the Cycling competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Road bicycle racing is a popular bicycle racing sport held on roads (following the geography of the area), using racing bicycles. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The Col de Portet dAspet is a mountain pass in the central Pyrenees in the department of Haute-Garonne in France. ... The 1995 Tour de France was the 82nd Tour de France. ...


He was born in Como, Italy. Como (Comm in the local dialect of Lombard language) is a city in Lombardy, Italy, 45 km north of Milan. ...

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Amateur career

Fabio Casartelli showed great promise as an amateur competitive cyclist. He had many important wins and placings between 1990 and 1992, climaxing in winning a gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics road race. He finished the 194 km race in 4:35:21, 1 second ahead of the silver medalist Erik Dekker of the Netherlands and 3 seconds ahead of bronze medalist Dainis Ozols of Latvia. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Gold Medal is an album by American band The Donnas, released in 2004. ... The 92 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Erik Dekker (born August 21, 1970, Hoogeveen) is a Dutch professional cyclist since 1992. ... Dainis Ozols is a professional cyclist from Latvia. ...


Amateur victories

1990

  • Trofeo Sironi

1991

  • Monte Carlo-Alassio
  • Gemeli Meda
  • Coppa Casale
  • GP Capodarco di Fermo
  • Trofeo Cesab

1992

  • Olympic Road Race Championship
  • Monte Carlo-Alassio
  • GP Diano Marina
  • Coppa Cigogna
  • Trophia de Mare

Professional career

Casartelli began his career in 1993 as a professional cyclist with the team Ariostea. He won a stage in the Settimana Bergamasca race, had a second placing in a stage of the Tour de Suisse and finished the Giro d'Italia. In 1994 he moved to team ZG-Mobili. For his third professional year, he moved to Team Motorola. He placed sixth in the Spanish Clásica de Almería and third in the second stage of the Spanish Tour of Murcia. Casartelli was selected to represent his team for the 1995 Tour de France along with Alvaro Mejia, Frankie Andreu, Lance Armstrong, Steve Bauer, Kaspars Ozers, Andrea Peron, Steve Swart and Sean Yates. The Tour de Suisse (English: Tour of Switzerland) is a UCI ProTour stage race held annually in June. ... The Giro dItalia, also simply known as the Giro, is a long distance road bicycle racing stage race for professional cyclists held over three weeks in May or early June in and around Italy. ... The Clásica de Almería (English: Classic of Almería) is a single-day road bicycle race held annually in March in Almería, Spain, starting and finishing in Almería itself. ... The Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (English: Tour of Murcia) is a road bicycle race held in and around Murcia, Spain. ... Frankie Andreu before the 1996 Summer Olympics Frankie Andreu (born September 26, 1966 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a former professional cyclist whose career highlights include riding as team captain of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team along with Lance Armstrong in 1998, 1999 and 2000. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... Steve Bauer Steve Bauer (born June 12, 1959 in St. ... Andrea Peron (born 14 August 1971 in Varese, Italy) is an Italian cyclist. ... Sean Yates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Teams and Professional results

Teams

  • 1993: Team Ariostea
  • 1994: Team ZG-Mobili Bottecchia
  • 1995: Team Motorola

1993

  • Giro d'Italia: 107th overall
  • Settimana Bergamasca: first stage 1
  • Tour de Suisse: second stage 5, third stage 2
  • Tour de France: last stage 121,

1994

  • Giro di Toscana: 15th overall

1995

  • Classica Costa del Almeria: sixth overall
  • Tour de Suisse: second stage 1
  • Tour of Murcia: third stage 7

Death

Monument to Fabio Casartelli on the Col de Portet d'Aspet
Monument to Fabio Casartelli on the Col de Portet d'Aspet

On July 18 during the fifteenth stage of the 1995 Tour de France, Fabio Casartelli and a few other riders crashed on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet in the Pyrenees. Casartelli sustained heavy facial and head injuries and lost consciousness. While being transported via helicopter to a local hospital, he stopped breathing and after numerous resuscitation attempts was declared dead. Many have claimed if Casartelli had been wearing a modern bicycle helmet his life might have been saved, but the impact was not exclusively to the part of the head protected by a helmet, and an impact at nearly 100 km/h (60 mph) has more than twenty times the energy a typical helmet is designed to absorb.[1] Gerard Porte, the Tour's senior doctor at the time, claimed that the question of protection was academic since the fatal blow was to an area of Casartelli's head that would not have been covered by a helmet. Other doctors however, have claimed that had he been wearing a helmet, "some injuries could have been avoided". Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 2. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Col de Portet dAspet is a mountain pass in the central Pyrenees in the department of Haute-Garonne in France. ... Pic de Bugatetin the Néouvielle Natural Reserve Central Pyrenees For the mountains in Victoria, Australia, see Pyrenees (Victoria). ... Bicycle helmet A bicycle helmet is designed to provide head protection for cyclists. ...


After difficult contemplation, the Motorola team continued the Tour de France. The rest of the competitors honoured Fabio by letting his teammates cross the finish line of the next stage first, side by side. The peloton followed behind, riding slowly. The Société du Tour de France awarded the stage prizes as normal, and the riders donated all the money won that day to a fund established for his family. The Tour later matched that amount, and thousands of individuals contributed to the fund. The peloton (from French, literally meaning ball and related to the English word platoon), bunch or pack is the large main group in a road bicycle race. ...


The Société du Tour de France and the Motorola team placed a memorial stone dedication to Fabio Casartelli on the spot where he crashed. The memorial is a sundial arranged so that the sun's shadow highlights three dates—the dates of his birth and death, as well as the date he won his Olympic gold medal. The crumpled bicycle he was riding at the time of his fatal crash was placed in the chapel at the Madonna del Ghisallo, the site of an important Catholic shrine and museum to cyclists near his home. Wall sundial-a vertical direct south dial Wall sundial in Warsaws Old Town- a vertical south west decliner dial A sundial is a device that measures time by the position of the Sun. ... Madonna del Ghisallo is a hill close to Lake Como in Italy. ...


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Fabio Casartelli - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (533 words)
Fabio Casartelli (August 16, 1970 – July 18, 1995) was an Italian cyclist, who died in a crash on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet, France, during the 15th stage of the 1995 Tour de France.
Casartelli began his career in 1993 as a professional cyclist with the team Ariostea.
Casartelli was selected to represent his team for the 1995 Tour de France along with Alvaro Mejia, Frankie Andreu, Lance Armstrong, Steve Bauer, Kaspars Ozers, Andrea Peron, Steve Swart and Sean Yates.
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