Marcel and the Tour
The Tour de France is the dream of all cyclists. Marcel is among those who have been lucky enough to take part in three editions: in 1978, 1981 and 1982.
A 13th place, obtained in 1981, is Marcel's best result in the most famous stage bicycle race in the world. However, Tinazzi left his mark thanks to an event that would change the history of cycling for good.
Marcel started what would be his last Tour de France. During one of the first stages he suffered a serious fall while following captain Sean Kelly in action. He fractured his scaphoid, got up and finished the stage. He was taken to hospital where cast was applied to his wrist and the next day he set off to continue the Tour. That day, luckily, the individual time trial was suspended, giving Marcel the time to recuperate and adapt the cast in order to be able to grip the handlebars properly.
Bernard Hinault, who that year would win his fourth Tour de France, said to Marcel: "My friend, you won't get to the end of the stage today", Marcel replied: "I bet you a box of champagne that I will get to Paris".
And so he did. Marcel finished his third and last Tour de France in 43rd place.
His determination and courage were stronger than his pain and suffering; his ability to face difficulty defined the Tour of 1982.
Not being able to wear a standard cyclist jersey, with a short zip, Marcel asked the producer to make him a jersey with a full-length zip, in order to put his cast wrist through the sleeve first and then zip it up. This was the first time in the history of cycling that a racer wore a jersey with a full-length zip, something very common nowadays.