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From: Italian Cycling Journal, posted by Angelo Senza
Remember Claudio Chiappucchi? This is a short story about him and what he is doing these days.
Born on February 28, 1963, Claudio Chiappucci was an accomplished rider in the Grand Tours who was known for his constant attacks and long breakaways.
Claudio Chiappucci, “Il Diablo”, will be the guest rider during the new “Le Strade di San Francesco” granfondo. Team Bike Ponte is organizing the event that will be held on May 1st. The photos are of Chiappucci riding the course recently with club members and promoting the event.
Chiappucci, who was born in Uboldo (Varese), was on the podium three times in the Tour de France general classification – second in 1990, third in 1991 and second again in 1992. He retired from racing in 1998.
These days, Claudio is often seen at the grand fondo events across Italy. He will be the guest rider during the new “Le Strade di San Francesco” grand fondo. Team Bike Ponte is organizing the event that will be held on May 1st. The photos are of Chiappucci riding the course recently with club members and promoting the event.
The grand fondo will begin in Ponte San Giovanni (Perugia, Umbria). The grand fondo will be 139 km long with 1650m of climbing and the medio fondo will be 89 km with 690m of climbing.
Nicknamed “il Diabolo”, Chiappucci burst on the scene in the 1990 when he was a member of a select group of breakaway riders in the first road stage of the Tour de France. The group gained ten minutes on the pack. Chiappucci held on to his lead through the Alps then saw it cut to two minutes after the Pyrenees.
Greg Lemond slowly bided his time, assuming that Claudio would crack.
Lemond took overall leadership in the penultimate stage time trial and went on to victory without winning a single stage and having worn the yellow jersey only on the last day of the race.
Chiappucci never won a Grand Tour, but he placed second in the Tour de France to Greg Lemond of the USA in 1990, and placed second to Miguel Indurain of Spain in 1992. Chiappucci placed third in the 1991 Tour de France behind Miguel Indurain and Gianni Bugno of Italy.
Chiappucci also won the Mountains Jersey in the Tour twice, in 1991 and 1992.
In the Giro d’Italia, Chiappucchi placed second in 1991 to Franco Chioccioli of Italy. Chiappucci also placed 2nd to Miguel Indurain in 1992, and placed 3rd in 1993 behind Miguel Indurain and Piotr Ugromov of Latvia. In addition, Chiappucchi won the Mountains Jersey three times, in 1990, 1992, and 1993. He also won the points jersey in 1991.
In the one-day events, Chiappucchi was second to Luc Leblanc of France in the 1994 World Championship Road Race. Chiappucchi also won the 1991 Milan-San Remo Classic and the 1993 San Sebastian Classic.