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Tafi, Roubaix 1999:
the race that exalted the Mapei

Andrea Tafi's victory at the 1999 edition of Paris-Roubaix was an epic moment for the Mapei team and for cycling itself.

That race, famed for its cobblestone roads and extreme conditions, has always been considered one of the most challenging and prestigious classics on the cycling calendar.

Tafi's triumph in this race was particularly significant because it marked the culmination of a career that had its ups and downs. After a period out of racing followed by two years without results, Tafi found redemption with the Mapei team. This bond was not only professional but also became a deep friendship with the Squinzi family, the team's owners.

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Tafi wasn't the type of rider blessed with natural talent or a heavenly lightness on the pedals. Rather, he was a tireless worker, a grinder who found his success through sheer strength and determination. This made him an icon for many cycling fans, as he showed that with hard work and dedication, great results could be achieved.

His victory at Paris-Roubaix in 1999 was one of the most celebrated milestones of his career. But Tafi subsequently added other significant successes to his palmares, including Paris-Tours in 2000 and the 2002 Tour of Flanders, where he became the joint most successful with Museeuw in the Mapei team's cubed jersey.

Tafi's victory at the 1999 Paris-Roubaix and his other triumphs remain etched in cycling history, demonstrating that determination and hard work can overcome even the most difficult challenges.

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