Marino Basso He was one of the great sprinters of the 60s and 70s, in one of the golden ages of cycling, the one that dominated Eddy merckx. The Italian, who is not related to Ivan Basso, added stages in the big three: 15 in the Italy spin; six in the Tour de France, one of them in the city of Tours, today’s departure, and another six in the Back to Spain, with the merit that they were all in the same edition, that of 1975. However, the great success of his career was gold in the 1972 World Cup. Unforgettable.
Basso He was a cyclist prone to life’s pleasures, a womanizer, a behavior that surely deprived him of expanding his record. This is how he remembered it Gino Sala, one of the illustrious journalists of the time: “Marine he would have been more successful if he had followed the rules of the good sportsman. ” World Gap, where he managed to get even. “Everyone said I was finished, but I have shown that not only am I not, but I can still do great things,” were his statements on the podium, drowned in tears of joy.
The Italian was not only signaled by the critics of the press and the fans. Inside the platoon, Merckx she also had him in her sights. Mutual antipathy was recognized by both parties. Legend has it that Eddy could not stand Marine because he was in a relationship with his sister-in-law. A mess of skirts. And he stood in that championship with the intention of making life impossible for him.
They were both in the lead group when Franco bitossi jumped two kilometers from the finish line. There are versions that hold that Merckx approached Basso to whisper to him: “An Italian is going to win, but not you.” However, the images dictate otherwise. In the final stretch you see Merckx leading the hunt for the chasing group, while Bitossi it faltered a few meters from the goal. The nature of Cannibal it was always winning. With the sprint launched, Basso He went back to the Belgian and his own compatriot, who also cried on the podium, but of impotence, despite keeping the silver. The bronze went to the French Cyrille Guimard. Merckx finished fourth. Silenced and defeated by his most hated rival.