Monday, July 28, 2014

Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali Wins, Campagnolo Wins


Thibaut Pinot, Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Sagan, and Rafal Majka (L-R) on the podium in Paris. The last Italian to win was Marco Pantani in 1998.

Nibali (Astana) also becomes the 6th rider to win all six grand tours, joining Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi (Italy), Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Alberto Contador.

Nibali's win also sees Campagnolo's return to the top podium spot in the Tour de France; Nibali used Super Record components. Campagnolo's last podium visit with a jersey yellow winner was also, coincidentally in 1998 with Marco Pantani (note: Floyd Landis was found to have failed a drug test after stage 17 in the 2006 Tour de France; Landis contested the result and demanded arbitration. On September 20, 2007, Landis was found guilty and stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title making Óscar Pereiro the title holder; Pereiro used Campagnolo).

Today's Gazzetta dello Sport was yellow:

Specialized will be selling a limited edition version of the Tarmac SL4 used by Nibali to commemorate the victory; 60 of the 200 are reserved for Italy.

Podium Photo:ASO 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cooking on the road, by Buzzatti




It’s the last week at the Tour de France, before the final, decisive week that will decide who will follow Chris Froome into the league of champions for the most important cycling stage race in the world.

At Carcassonne, the town hosting the start of the 16th stage, not everyone got to rest. Moreover, an important presentation took place: it was a veritable fusion between two and four wheels. Buzzatti Trasporti, a European leader in the sector for more than fifty years, and team Cannondale Pro Cycling, unveiled a new vehicle for the team: a truck set up as a kitchen, where the team's chef Massimo Carolo for the Italian formation can cook and delight the taste buds of one of the strongest cyclists in the world, Peter Sagan, and of all his team mates, as well as the many guests who come every day to follow the quests of the champions led by Roberto Amadio. Buzzatti Trasporti is already a partner of team Cannondale Pro Cycling and we wanted to invest in this important project. The company chose one of the most important World Tour formations to spread awareness and appreciation of its brand throughout Europe, betting everything on excellence, a factor shared by all of the enterprises involved: Buzzatti Trasporti, Italian cuisine and team Cannondale Pro Cycling.

“Cooking on the road, by Buzzatti”: this is the slogan we’ve chosen for this new project and we want it to be our calling card in all the races in which we’ll take part with our portable kitchen-truck,” says Mario Buzzatti, owner of the Buzzatti Trasporti Company “For more than fifty years we’ve been working in the sector of international transportation, especially of raw materials for food, so it seemed only logical that we should set up a truck that could carry the excellence of our transportation and that of Italian food along the roads of the most important cycling events in the world. To do this, we could do no less than form an allegiance with Team Cannondale, particularly with their Team Manager Roberto Amadio, who was enthusiastic about our proposal, and who I wish to thank wholeheartedly for the unconditional support he has shown us. The truck we developed is an important investment from many perspectives, but we are certain that it will be a fantastic promotional vehicle for the company, a “mobile” showcase that can give even more brilliance to Buzzatti Trasporti. I wish all the luck in the world to all of team Cannondale Pro Cycling for this final week in the Tour de France, as well as for the rest of the season, in the hope that, in addition to discovering and supporting new champions, we can continue sharing in the joys of all the victories achieved by these remarkable guys.”

"This new vehicle is a real jewel" says the team manager Roberto Amadio. "Nutrition is one of the main aspects to ensure the best performance during a Grand Tour. From many years we have introduced chef Massimo Carolo in our staff and now we also have a traveling kitchen that allows us to suit all our needs. A special thanks goes to Mario Buzzatti for this new creation and for the support that always shows us.”

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

2015 Giro d'Italia Presentation: July 29th

The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation will be held in Milano on July 29th, two days after the Tour de France concludes on July 27th.

Perhaps it will turn into a big party to celebrate a Vincenzo Nibali  victory at the Tour de France which he currently leads? If he wins could he be persuaded back to race the Giro? The last Italian to win the Tour was Marco Pantani in 1998 (the first Italian to win was  Ottavio Bottecchia in 1924).

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MCipollini "Nuke" Arriving August 27th


MCipollini has announced that their "revolutionary" Nuke, a race level model, will be unveiled at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on August 27th. You can find it at Stand 226.

It will also be available at Interbike, Las Vegas, September10-12 and in Italy at Expobici in Padova, September 20-22.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"PRODIGIOSA" by Aldo Gios


"PRODIGIOSA" is a new brand, separate from Gios, by Aldo Gios. PRODIGIOSA stands for PRO.DI.GIOS.A. - Progetti di Gios Aldo.

The frames incorporate the patented innovations of Aldo Gios, who began framebuilding in 1962,  that have graced Gios frames in the past.




 
The website is www.prodigiosa.it and also on Facebook here.

Background: as I understand it, in 2009 the Gios brothers, Aldo and  Alfredo, went their separate ways and the GIOS brand was split. "Gios Torino" frames made by Aldo were limited to sales in Italy. Now, the PRODIGIOSA by Aldo Gios is available worldwide.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Grippine, a Pedal Solution for City Bikes



Italy's first crowdfunding site, Eppela, is promoting a project that brings a solution to improving the grip of city bike pedals. The solution is name "Grippine". The goal is to raise 10,000 (10000) Euro by the end of July. For more details visit www.eppela.com/ita/projects/830/grippine (in Italian). The video above is in English.



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Corsa Cleat: A Modern Bicycle Cleat for Vintage Pedals



Thanks to Robert who writes, "Thank you for creating a fun blog about riding in Italy. I have enjoyed two L'Eroica rides 2011 & 2013, and plan to ride again this year. Also I hope to move to Italy for a few months or more depending on the visa, in a couple of years.

I have started my first Kickstarter to fund the initial cost for injection molding a new version of the old cleat. My new cleat has 10 degrees of float and works with vintage toe clip pedals. I came up with the idea a few years ago while training to do the L'Eroica ride. It is just something I created for all the people that love to restore and ride their old bikes but don't have the knees to ride toe clips.

Here is a link to my Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1oB0R9n"

Coincidentally, the next blog entry will be about an Italian solution for making city bike pedals more friendly for shoes (and high heels)....stay tuned.

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