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Andrea Tafi, 46 today.

Part of the world dominating Mapei Super Team from 1994-2002. A winner of Paris Roubaix (doing so in the Italian Champions Jersey), the Tour of Flanders and the Giro di Lombardia to name a few.

With a  propensity to perform best in the hardest races he quickly earned the nickname Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator).

Now a brand ambassador for Canyon Bikes he lives and runs the Il Borghetto Andrea Tafi with his wife in Tuscany.

Go pay them a visit!