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77-year old Cesare Fiorio, former competition director at Lancia and Ferrari, suffered critical injuries in a cycling accident in South Italy, near his private farm, according to media reports.  

Cesare Fioro founded Lancia's competition department. (Photo: Martin Holmes)In his motorsport life he founded Lancia’s competition department and masterminded world championship winning teams in the 70s, before moving on to Ferrari’s Formula 1 team.

The Fiat Group won 18 world titles under his direction.  

Originally a racing driver, Fiorio later moved on to management, during which time he headed the development of the Lancia Stratos rally car.  

He then took up part time power boat racing, the climax of which was his crew work on board the yacht Destriero, the world’s largest light alloy vessel which broke the record for crossing the Atlantic.  

When he retired from motorsport he worked as a TV commentator and also developed special products at Camarda Farm, in Brindisi Province.
- Martin Holmes 

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