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Former Italy cycling coach Martini dies at 93

August 26, 2014

ROME (AP) — Alfredo Martini, Italy’s former national cycling team coach who guided the squad to six world titles, has died. He was 93.

The Italian cycling federation says Martini died late Monday at his home in Sesto Fiorentino after battling a series of medical problems in his final months.

Under Martini’s guidance from 1975 to 1997, Italy won six gold, six silver and eight bronze medals at the road world championships. The titles were won by Francesco Moser (1977), Giuseppe Saronni (1982), Moreno Argentin (1986), Maurizio Fondriest (1988) and Gianni Bugno (1991 and 1992).

As a rider, Martini finished third in the 1950 Giro d’Italia.

Since 1998, he was honorary president of the Italian federation.

Martini is survived by two daughters.