Yet again Colnago bikes and the Colnago-CSF Inox team had a hugely successful Giro d’Italia with the iconic Italian bikes the Italian team in the thick of the action throughout the race on their Colnago C59 Italia and Colnago M10 road bikes and the stunning new Colnago K.Zero time trial bike.
The Colnago-CSF Inox team for the Giro d’Italia included riders for mountain stages, breakaways and sprints, with talented young riders like Sonny Colbrelli and Enrico Battaglin making their grand tour debut and discovering the pain and suffering but also the pride and satisfaction of finishing a three-week stage race.
Eight of the nine Colnago-CSF Inox riders who lined up for the start in Denmark on May 5 finished the Giro d’Italia in Milan on May 27, with only Stefano Locatelli forced to abandon due to injury. The eight Colnago-CSF Inox Giro d’Italia heroes are Domenico Pozzovivo, Sacha Modolo, Enrico Battaglin, Gianluca Brambilla, Stefano Pirazzi, Sonny Colbrelli, Angelo Pagani and Marco Coledan.
Domenico Pozzovivo showed yet again that he is one of the best pure climbers in professional cycling. His stage win at Lago Laceno was one of the most emotional victories of the whole Giro d’Italia. He attacked alone on the climb to the finish and powered up the climb on his special Colnago M10 bike. His unique victory salute –indicating with his hand above his head that he may be small but that he’s a great rider, was greeted by a huge cheer by the hundreds of fans who travelled to the finish from Pozzovivo’s home town in the south of Italy.
Pozzovivo’s stage victory set up his best ever overall placing of eighth, just 6:28 behind winner Ryder Hesjedal of Canada. He also finished fifth in the point’s competition, fifth in the climber’s competition and was strong on all the mountain stages of the final week.
Gianluca Brambilla was one of the revelations of the Giro d’Italia in the mountains. He was often with the overall contenders in the mountains and finished 13th overall. He was third in the best young rider’s competition, confirming he is one of the future stars of the Giro d’Italia.
Stefano Pirazzi is famous for going in breakaways and was often on the attack in this year’s Giro d’Italia. He launched his Colnago C59 Italia up the road whenever he spotted a chance and went close to success on the mountain stage to Alpe di Pampeago. He aggressive ride lifted him to second place in the mountains competition.
Sacha Modolo was disappointed not to figure more prominently in the sprint finishes but left the Giro d’Italia knowing the three-weeks of racing will give him the form for the key summer races and a great platform to secure selection for the Italian team for the London Olympics.
The Colnago-CSF Inox team will now focus on the summer races in Italy and Europe. They have already secured plenty of success but they have shown there is so much to come from some of the most talented young riders in the international peloton.