Full name: Fabio Casartelli
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: August 16, 1970 in Como, Como, Italy
Died: July 18, 1995 in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
In the 1992 Olympic road race, Fabio Casartelli headed a three-man breakaway, and held off Erik Dekker to take the Olympic gold. Casartelli then became a professional, achieving fairly unremarkable results. He was chosen as a member of the 1995 Motorola team to ride the Tour de France. In stage 15, Casartelli and several other riders fell on the descent from the Col de Portet d'Aspet. He struck a concrete block along the road, and was immediately transported to a hospital by helicopter, but was declared dead on arrival. Although it is unlikely that a helmet would have saved Casartelli's life, helmets soon became mandatory in professional cycling races.
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