From Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th, 2014, the 101st Tour de France will take place. This year it is made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 kilometers (roughly 2,277 miles). It will begin in the United Kingdom (in Leeds), and will go through Belgium, Spain, and France before ending on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 27.
Fausto Coppi was an Italian cyclist and the major challenger to Gino Bartali in many cycling races, including the Tour de France. His successes earned him the title Il Campionissimo, or Champion of Champions. He was an all-round racing cyclist, excelling in both climbing and time trials, as well as being a great sprinter . . .
From an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle with Christopher Herb Caen, Herb Caen's son:
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
A. When I was very young, I was at a birthday party. My mom was going around the table saying, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Kids were saying: "An astronaut," "A fireman," "A policeman." I said, "An Italian."