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A fine vintage: Colnagos of the past

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From 1955, when Ernesto Colnago first worked as a mechanic on the Giro, his eponymous brand have a long history in the pro peloton. From the extravagant to the mean-looking, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite pro machines.

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Photographs: Offside / L'Equipe
Saronni Colnago

Giuseppe Saronni on his way to victory at the 1983 Milan-Sanremo

Andrea Tafi ColnagoHis Colnago still gleaming, Mapei-Quickstep’s Andrea Tafi suffers in the wind at rain at the 2002 Paris-Roubaix

Thomas Voeckler in the drops of his Colnago C60. Tour de France 2015, stage 2

King of the Mountains Michael Rasmussen en route to Mulhouse at the 2005 Tour de France

Johan Museeuw , riding his Colnago Columbus, mounts an attack on the Muur van Gerardsbergen at the 1998 Tour of Flanders

Not just for roadies, they’re track-tamed too. Tony Rominger breaking the hour record for the first time in just a few days in 1994. That’s a 60 x 14 gear he’s turning.

Team Milram’s Alessandro Petacchi in action at the 2007 Tour of Qatar

Vuelta a Espana

Pavel Tonkov takes on a steep section of the Angliru at the 1999 Vuelta a España
Rouleur is delighted to be involved with a prestigious celebration of all things Colnago, taking place at Chavenage House in the Cotswolds on September 30, 2017.

 

The day includes a limited edition Colnago x Le Col jersey, a 40 mile sportive, a champagne lunch and a stunning display of the finest creations from Ernesto Colnago’s workshop – you don’t even need to own a Colnago take part.

 

Colnago Owners Day