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Michele Ferrari (born March 26, 1953) is an Italian physician, cycling coach and author.


Ferrari was born in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, where he still lives. After an early career researching and publishing papers concerning the anaerobic threshold of various athletes, he settled on his lifelong interest in the development of training programmes for professional cyclists.

One of Ferrari's earliest successes was coaching Francesco Moser to achieve the hour record in 1984, crushing the great Eddy Merckx's mark by more than a mile.

Initially Ferrari worked with Prof. Francesco Conconi in Ferrara, who developed testing techniques for human performance, using methods such as monitoring the heart rate during exercise and recovery. Another controversial Italian doctor, Luigi Cecchini, is their common disciple. They have shared the care for some cyclists throughout their careers.

From 1984 onwards Ferrari achieved extraordinary improvements in the fitness of many cyclists.

Perhaps the most famous athlete to have been coached or advised by Ferrari is Lance Armstrong. Ferrari was involved with the US Postal Service Cycling Team until October 2004, helping Armstrong train during several of his seven straight Tour de France victories.

Two years after Ferrari had been found not guilty of the all of the original charges related to distributing drugs to leading...
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