Vein

The great rivalry that existed between the two Italian greats of Post War cycling, Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi is legendary and likewise, the tactics and ploys they would use against one another.

Bartali, it is alleged, had noticed that when his rival was at the absolute limits of his physical endurance a vein would rise in the back of his right leg. Bartali would order a hapless domestique to draft behind Coppi with the instruction to shout out 'the vein, the vein' when it appeared, at which point Bartali would attack!

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