Fausto Coppi (Castellania, 1919 – Tortona, 1960) was one of the greatest Italian cycling champions of all times. He was known as “il Campionissimo" (Champion of Champions) or “L’Airone” (the Heron) and excelled in climbing. Fausto was a professional cyclist from 1939 to 1959, a period in which he won the Giro d’Italia and Giro di Lombardia five times. He also won the Paris-Roubaix and La Flèche Wallonne and was world pursuit champion. His rivalry with Gino Bartali was legendary. It created two aggressive factions right after the war, but the image of them while sharing a bottle of water during the 1952 Tour is undeletable. Places to visit: in Castellania, the house where Coppi was born, which today is a House-Museum dedicated to the intimate and private aspects of the champion’s life. in Novi Ligure, the Museum of the Campionissimi, dedicated to Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi. in Colli Torinesi, La Mitica, the cycling festival, which is a tribute to Serse and Fausto Coppi.