The stands become a ‘pink gallery’ with the collections of Colnago, Manifattura Valcismon and the Bicycle Museum of Cesiomaggiore
Rare collectors’ items, bicycles that have made cycling history, the jerseys of the protagonists and much more. This is the ‘treasure’ that will be on display at Longarone Fiere Dolomiti during the Giro d’Italia. The exhibition centre, in fact, will become a ‘pink citadel’, dressed in the theme for the two Belluno stages (the Oderzo-Palafavera on 25 May, and above all the Longarone-Tre Cime di Lavaredo on the following day, when the riders will start right from the road in front of the fair).
For the occasion, rare and valuable collections from three museums that know a thing or two about bicycles will arrive. On display at the fair will be pieces from the Ernesto Colnago Collection Museum (which traces a glorious 75-year history, showcasing the immense technical and cultural heritage of legendary two-wheeled masterpieces), those of the Cesiomaggiore Bicycle Museum, and also some of cycling’s most prestigious jerseys made by Manifattura Valcismon, which has been producing the official pink jersey of the Giro for years.
In particular, fans will be able to find in the Colnago section the bike with which Paolo Bettini won the 2002 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, two years before he triumphed at the Athens Olympics. There will also be Rasmussen’s bike from the 2007 Tour de France, with which the Danish cyclist amazed everyone first in Tignes (where he won the first yellow jersey, after almost 90 kilometres of solo attack), then on the Col d’Aubisque (where he beat the likes of Alberto Contador). There will also be Freddy Maertens’ bike, and the one on which Jaroslav Popovyc finished third in the 2003 Giro. Connoisseurs will be able to admire the Colnago Master Crono Del Tongo from ’87-88, the CX1 weighing just 4.8 kilograms, two gleaming red Colnago Ferrari bikes and the test crono used in the wind tunnel.
In the clothing section, vintage jerseys signed by Manifattura Valcismon will be on display, including some truly gourmet pieces. There will also be a national team jersey, a world champion’s jersey signed by Remco Evenepoel and one from Soudal Quick-Step, one of the world’s top teams in terms of success.
The collections will be on display from the afternoon of 25 May. Inauguration at 7 p.m.