[CR]Schwinn Paramount builder history tidbit - Joseph Magnani


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From: FujiFish1@aol.com
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 10:30:31 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Schwinn Paramount builder history tidbit - Joseph Magnani

As early Paramounts are being discussed here lately, I stumbled upon this bit of Paramount builder history, and thought I'd pass it on, just in case it isn't common knowledge. The tidbit is in the last sentence below.

From: http://www.usbhof.com/inductees/1998.cfm

Snip: Veteran Pre-1945 Competitor JOSEPH MAGNANI (1912-1975) Born in Mount Clare, IL, Joseph was the only U.S. rider to compete against Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali and other giants of the roads of Europe in the 1930's and 1940's. Magnani was popularly known as L'American in Europe. Magnani was ahead of his time. He achieved victory in the 1935 Marseilles-Nice, victory in the 1938 two-day Circuit of Lourdes across the Pyrenees, and victory in the 1940 Grind Prix Cote d' Azur. After World War II he rode with the Olmo team of Italy to ride in the 1946 Tour of Italy, Tour of Switzerland and other major league events. He finished 7th in the World Professional Road Race in 1947 in Reims, France. He then returned to Chicago and was employed by the Schwinn Bicycle Company, building and assembling all original Schwinn Paramount road racing and track bicycles for more than 25 years.

Ciao, Mark Agree Southfield MI USA

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