October 1, 2015 was a special day for a young climber named Diego Rosa.
The members of his fan club had travelled 50 kilometres from his hometown, Corneliano d’Alba, to the Basilica of Superga, to see him race with the Pros. They had waited at the roadside to root for him, expecting him to support his captain Fabio Aru along the stinging ramps of the two closing climbs. Whatever happened, they would have celebrated him anyway. Or so they thought.
What they actually witnessed was their ‘fellow townsman’ taking his first professional victory, by a good margin, and in the most iconic place of the entire Collina Torinese.