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RIP Franco Ballerini

Terrible news from Italy this morning as we learn of the death of classics giant  and Paris-Roubaix winner Franco Ballerini. He was killed participating in a rally. Gazzetta has the full story. Ballerini was perhaps even more famous for his ability to unite the Italian national squad with WC wins for Cippolini, Bettini and Ballan to prove it. All of the cyclingworld mourns the loss of one of it's most well liked characters today.