Appreciated for his legendary bicycling career that contains 191 victories, the very first getting in 1989 as well as the last in 2005. He grew up in Lucca, Tuscany. He was nicknamed “The Lion Ruler” due to his elevation, his flamboyant appearance, and his dense locks of locks. He wedded Sabrina Landucci in 1993. He was devastated by Marco Pantani’s loss of life in 2004.