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Emanuele Sirotti remembered with photo exhibition - gallery

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Mario Cipollini and Franco Chioccioli on the podium at the 1991 Giro d'Italia

Mario Cipollini and Franco Chioccioli on the podium at the 1991 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Sirotti also photographed football matches early in his career, capturing Diego Maradona playing for Naples in 1988

Sirotti also photographed football matches early in his career, capturing Diego Maradona playing for Naples in 1988
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Emanuele Sirotti in avtion

Emanuele Sirotti in avtion
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Sirotti's last race photo captured Sonny Colbrelli winning the 2014 GP Prato while riding for the Italian national team

Sirotti's last race photo captured Sonny Colbrelli winning the 2014 GP Prato while riding for the Italian national team
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ivan Basso enters the Verona arena as he wins the 2010 Giro d'Italia

Ivan Basso enters the Verona arena as he wins the 2010 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Fabian Cancellara leads the peloton through the Forest of Arenberg during the 2007 Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara leads the peloton through the Forest of Arenberg during the 2007 Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The tifosi on the Passo POrdoi during the 1996 Giro d'Italia

The tifosi on the Passo POrdoi during the 1996 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marco Pantani enjoys a fishing trip during the 1994 winter

Marco Pantani enjoys a fishing trip during the 1994 winter
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Miguel Indurain in the yellow jersey at the 1992 Tour de France

Miguel Indurain in the yellow jersey at the 1992 Tour de France
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Claudio Chiappucci in yellow at the 1990 Tour de France

Claudio Chiappucci in yellow at the 1990 Tour de France
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The start of the 1990 Milan-San Remo in the shadows of the Milan Duomo

The start of the 1990 Milan-San Remo in the shadows of the Milan Duomo
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Francesco Moser and Laurent Fignon shakes hands at the 1989 Giro d'Italia

Francesco Moser and Laurent Fignon shakes hands at the 1989 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb covered in snow during the 1989 Giro d'Italia

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb covered in snow during the 1989 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Franco Ballerini on the podium after winning the 1989 Tre Valli Varesine race - his first professional victory

Franco Ballerini on the podium after winning the 1989 Tre Valli Varesine race - his first professional victory
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The final kilometre banner of the 1981 stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

The final kilometre banner of the 1981 stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Eddy Merckx is cheered by the tifosi at a stage start of the 1976 Giro d'Italia

Eddy Merckx is cheered by the tifosi at a stage start of the 1976 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The poster of the special Sirotti photo exhibition titled 'Una vita di scatti' -a life of photos

The poster of the special Sirotti photo exhibition titled 'Una vita di scatti' -a life of photos
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Emanuele Sirotti and his son Stefano have worked with Cyclingnews for many years, capturing some of the best cycling photographs from races around the world.

Emanuele sadly passed away during the summer but will be remembered with a special exhibition in his hometown of Cesena in December. The Cesena Municipal Theatre will host 150 different images taken by Sirotti during is 30-year photography career, and Cyclingnews is able to show a selection of them in this special gallery.

Sirotti was known for running the show during post-race podium ceremonies, ensuring riders posed in the correct way and showed off their prizes and sponsors. Riders occasionally showered him with champagne but also showed their affection, allowing him to capture them in action from the back of a race motorbike.

This selection of photos from the exhibition includes images of Eddy Merckx, Laurent Fignon, Miguel Indurain, Claudio Chiapucci, Mario Cipollini, Franco Chioccioli and Marco Pantani, who lived close to Cesena and allowed Sirotti special access, such as during an off-season fishing trip in the Adriatic.

The exhibition will officially open on December 4 and end on January 10.