A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 21
1927 Theories abound about the untimely death of the celebrated rider Ottavio Bottechia.
He was found with his skull broken and his bike abandoned by the side of the road shortly before the Tour in 1927. As an outspoken socialist, it is
claimed he was becoming an embarrassment to the Fascist regime ruling Italy.
But the mystery was apparently solved when a farmer claimed on his deathbed he threw a rock at Bottechia for eating his grapes.
Curiously his brother was also killed near the same spot two years later.
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