The journey of Fausto Coppi to become a champion really kicked off when he started to work together with Cavanna. A blind soigneur which had started a cycling school in Novi, where young riders were given the oppertunity to become a much better cyclist. The first time he met with Fausto Coppi, he only said
‘’Riders like you are only born every 100 years”
Notably he had a hart beat of 44 to 46 beats per minute, and a lung capacity of 6 litres. The final words during that first meeting were “If you let me do my thing and you do what I say, then I will make a champion out of you.” Until the end of his career in 1959 Cavanna remained his chief adviser.