Italy’s Eva Lechner will use the new Colnago C29 carbon fibre mountain bike when she goes for gold in the women’s cross country mountain bike event at the London Olympics on Saturday August 11.
The Colnago C29 is an innovative 29” frame that uses Colnago Master Type II shaped and reinforced tubes and a carbon lug system to maximise rigidity, while weighing just 1,150g. The frame uses eight different grades of carbon fibre and has a tapered headset to give better bike handling on difficult terrain. All cables are routed inside the frame to avoid any problems with mud and crashes.
Lechner has helped develop the 29” bike, test riding previous models and giving her precious pro race feedback to the Colnago engineers. She used the Colnago C29 to win the Italian national cross country title and will be Italy’s sole representative in the women’s cross country race Hadleigh Farm course, east of London.
The Colnago C29 will be officially unveiled at the Eurobike show in August.
Colnago CSF Inox rider Sacha Modolo has warned that the only way to stop Mark Cavendish from winning the gold medal at the London Olympics will have to ride aggressively and distance the British rider on the key climb of Box Hill.
Modolo finished second behind Cavendish in last year’s test event in London and knows the British rider has made the Olympic road race the biggest goal of his 2012 season.
“There’s only one way to beat Cavendish and that’s to make sure the race doesn’t end with a bunch sprint,” Modolo said.
“People have been predicting that the race will definitely end in a sprint but in the Italian team, we’ll be riding aggressively to make sure it doesn’t happen. It’s going to be a very unique race. There are only five riders per team and then climbing Box Hill nine times will play a huge factor in the race. It’s not a hard climb but it is very narrow and so the peloton will be strung out.”
“If we can get rid of Cavendish during the final laps and then the front group rides together all the way to the finish, then we’ve got a chance of fighting for victory.”
Modolo will swap his usual white and blue Colnago C59 Italia bike for a black Colnago C59 for the Olympic road race. Under International Olympic Committee rules, bikes can only carry one logo and so Colnago has produced a special bike for Modolo similar to the Colnago Team Edition bikes used by Thomas Voeckler and Team Europcar at the Tour de France.
Modolo won a stage at the recent Tour of Austria and polished his fitness for London by also riding the Tour of Poland. He will be part of the five-rider Italian team that also includes Marco Pinotti, Elia Viviani, Luca Paolini and Vincenzo Nibali. 2004 Athens Olympic road race winner Paolo Bettini is the national coach for Italy.
“I’m ready to race and I’m willing to follow what ever tactical plan Bettini decides to follow. We know we’ll have to beat riders of the caliber of Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert, Matt Goss of Australia and Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen. But Bettini knows how to win races and win the Olympics. I think it’s going to be a race full of surprises.” Modolo predicted.
Colnago has created a special limited edition Thomas Voeckler version of the C59 Italia Team Edition frame decorated with polka dots to celebrate the much-admired French rider’s success in the Tour de France mountain competition.
Just 135 of the very special frames will be produced –the exact points total Voeckler scored in the climber’s competition, and they are decorated with the same iconic red polka-dots as the Tour de France climber’s jersey. The frame is expected to become a real collectors item.
“Thomas is one of the heroes of the Tour de France and so it’s only right we celebrate his success with a special bike,” Ernesto Colnago said.
“We were inspired by the way he won his stages, especially the stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon; that was a real show of Thomas’ panache and character. He also took the polka-dot jersey that day and then kept it all the way to Paris. We’re very proud that he and other other riders at Team Europcar used the new Colnago C59 Italia and M10 S Team Edition bikes.”
Voeckler rode the final stage of the Tour de France on his special polka dot Colnago C59 Italia Team Edition, before climbing onto the final Tour de France podium to be crowned as the best climber’s of the race.
Colnago had a fantastic Tour de France thanks to stage victories by Voeckler and Pierre Rolland. Voeckler won the polka-dot jersey and Rolland finished eight overall and was the best French rider in the overall classification.
The special limited edition Thomas Voeckler Colnago C59 Italia Team Edition frame will be available via our network of official dealers, alongside our full range of bikes.
Colnago and Team Europcar celebrated another hugely successful Tour de France thanks to an aggressive race by the French team that saw Colnago bikes in virtually every breakaway attempt, win three stages victories, finish eighth overall thanks to Pierre Rolland, and win the hugely prestigious polka-dot jersey with Thomas Voeckler.
The Team Europcar riders used the new Colnago C59 Team Edition and Colnago M10 S Team Edition bikes, showing the beauty and quality of our 2013 bikes to the world.
Thomas Voeckler sparked Voeckler mania in 2011 when he finished fourth overall in the Tour de France and wore the race leader’s yellow jersey for ten days. This year he started the Tour de France with a knee problem and knew he would have little chance of repeating his success. However this did not stop the much-loved Frenchman from going on the attack and he pulled out two inspired performances to win stages 10 and 16 and also took the climber’s polka-dot jersey. He rode into Paris covered head to tail –including his Colnago c59 Team Edition bike, in polka dots and savoured his well-deserved moment on the final podium.
Pierre Rolland confirmed his huge talent with another stage victory to La Toussuire after winning at L’Alpe d’Huez in 2011. Rolland also fought hard to finish eighth overall, the best Frenchman at this year’s Tour de France.
“I’m proud of my Tour de France and that of everyone in the team. It’s been fantastique!” Rolland said.
“Every Tour is emotion and this one especially so. I enjoyed the joy of winning a stage, but also the pain of crashing. Some things went well, others didn’t but that’s Le Tour. It’s always three weeks of emotions.”
Thomas Voeckler won his second stage at the Tour de France and pulled on the polka-dot jersey as leader of the mountains competition with yet another emotional-fueled and courageous ride.
Voeckler went on the attack early in the stage with the decisive breakaway group. While other faltered in the heat and on the climbs, he seemed inspired and produced the performance of his career. He eventually broke clear with fellow Frenchman Brice Feillu and then attacked hard on the Col du Peyresourde. He went on to win alone in Bagneres-de-Luchon, almost in shock after his inspired performance.
Thanks to being the first over each of the four major mountains in the stage, Voeckler also pulled on the iconic polka-dot jersey and leads the Tour de France climber’s competition by four points. With just some lesser climbs to cover during the final stages of the race, Voeckler is the favourite to win the climber’s competition in Paris on Sunday.
It was the Frenchman’s second stage victory in this year’s Tour de France and the third win for Team Europcar and Colnago. Voeckler used his special Colnago C59 Team Edition bike during the stage, confirming it is the perfect bike for racing in the mountains.
“I can’t really understand what I’ve done. It’s the kind of thing I watched on television as a kid but today it was me who did it, said Voeckler after his stunning victory.
“I raced as if each climb was a separate race. I know every metre of the climbs from training here in this region. That really helped me. Even so, I’m finding it hard to comprehend what I have done. Winning in Bellegarde was special but this is something else. Now my priority is to defend the polka dot jersey.”
Team Europcar and Colnago enjoyed a fantastic second week at the Tour de France and are hoping for even for even more success before Le Tour ends in Paris on July 22.
The Team Europcar green jerseys and striking black and white Colnago Team Editions bikes were present in almost every breakaway attempt in the first week without landing the success they deserved. Their luck changed on stage 10 when team leader Thomas Voeckler lead by example with a panache-packed victory on the hilly road to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Voeckler’s Tour was hampered by a pre-race knee injury but he fought on and raced with his trademark aggression and determination to win.
The day after Pierre Rolland struck again for Team Europcar and Colnago, winning the mountain stage to La Toussuire. The talented young Frenchman crashed while in the breakaway of the stage but fought back to win alone. It was a rare but immensely satisfying series of back-to-back stage victories. There were other placings too, with Voeckler also finishing third on stage 15 and Cyril Gautier finishing fourth on stage 12.
Voeckler won on his trusted Colnago C59 Team Edition bike, while Rolland used his preferred monocoque Colnago M10 S. Colnago is unique in being able to offer the two differently constructed but top of the range bikes.
Moral in Team Europcar is rightly upbeat. It’s been yet another successful Tour de France.
“What a difference a week makes. Things are a lot different after two fantastic stage wins,” Voeckler pointed out during the second rest day in Pau.
The Tour de France heads into the Pyrenees for two testing stages before turning north towards Paris. Pierre Rolland is hoping to move up from ninth overall and may even try to take the climber’s polka-dot jersey.
“Both Pyrenean stages are stunning. The Tourmalet is a legendary climb that inspires every rider, while the day after (stage 17) ends with a summit finish. We’re going to have to fight all the way but I’m lucky to have a strong team to support me,” Rolland said.
“It’d be nice to take the climber’s jersey but I came to the Tour de France to win a stage and do well overall. I’m ninth now and don’t want to have any regrets when I get to Paris. Of course if there’s a chance to take the polka-dot jersey, I’ll go for it because it’s a prestigious jersey.”
Pierre Rolland confirmed his huge talent and gave Colnago a second consecutive stage victory at the Tour de France by conquering the Alps and his breakaway rivals to win the stage to La Toussuire.
Thomas Voeckler was the first rider to win at the Tour de France on the new Colnago C59 Team Edition bike on Wednesday. His victory inspired his younger French teammate and Rolland won riding a Colnago M10 S in Team Edition colors. Rolland celebrated victory by lifting his Colnago above his head just after crossing the line.
Rolland attacked on the first climb of the short but testing stage, the Col de la Madeleine, and got across to the break of the day with teammate Christophe Kern. Davide Malacarne was already in the move, giving Team Europcar the power to force the breakaway clear. Kern worked hard to help Rolland on the Col de la Croix de Fer, reducing the break to just a few riders.
Rolland crashed on the testing descent of the Col du Mollard but picked himself up and battled on, determined to win. He caught the riders in front on the early part of the climb to the finish and fought back the pain as he was cheered to victory by the French crowd along the roadside.
“This stage had become a nightmare for me. I’ve been dreaming about it for six months. I really went for it but I didn’t have the legs and only won because of my mental strength,” Rolland said.
“Last year I won the stage to L’Alpe d’Huez thanks to my tactics. But this time I was the favourite in the breakaway. I’ve been so unlucky in this Tour de France but I didn’t let it get to me and was determined to win.”
Thanks to his incredible performance, Rolland also moved up into the top ten overall in the Tour de France. He is now ninth, 8:31 behind overall race leader Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky.
Thomas Voeckler is back! In 2011 the Team Europcar team leader became a hero at the Tour de France as he fought to defend the leader’s yellow jersey. This year Voeckler has been struggling with a knee injury but showed his panache and natural aggression by winning the testing mountain stage to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine.
Voeckler and all the Team Europcar riders are using the new-look Colnago C59 Team Edition bike from the 2013 Colnago collection. He gave the bike a victorious baptism, confirming it is a perfect race bike.
Voeckler made sure he was in the breakaway of the stage and then was one of the strongest riders on the climbs. He was the first over the Col du Grand Colombier and the Col de Richemond, picking up a total of 28 points and so taking the lead in the climber’s competition.
Voeckler was in the front group after the long descent to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and then chased after late attackers Jens Voigt and Dries Devenyns. He passed them in the final kilometre, had the strength to make it to the finish and win alone. He waved one hand in an emotional victory salute.
“I’m 33 years old, this is my tenth Tour de France and so I fully appreciate what I’ve managed to achieve. Taking the polka-dot climber’s jersey is great but I also wanted to win the stage too. I got it!” he said.
“Everyone doubted that the problem with my knee was true. But I had eight days off the bike at home before the Tour de France. It was an amazing feeling when I crossed the line. My knee hurts, everything hurts but it’s worth it.”
Team Type 1-Sanofi completed a hugely successful Tour if Austria, with Italy’s Daniele Colli winning the final stage of the race and Alessandro Bazzana winning the red points jersey and Georg Preidler taking the polka-dot climber’s jersey.
It meant that Colnago bikes dominated the Tour of Austria. Colli won the sprint riding a black and white color version of the Colnago M10 S, while some of his teammates used Colnago C59 Italia bikes.
Colli has taken several impressive placing in races this year and finally landed his first win of the season with a powerful sprint finish in Podersdorf. Colli rightly celebrated his victory by punching the air.
“I have been in the top ten 21 times this year, and on the podium seven times without climbing on the top step. With the help of my teammates I’ve taken a victory for the first time at this level, and for the first time since I had cancer,” Colli said.
Colli was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his knee in late 2010. He underwent a bone graft and therapy before making a coming back. He signed with Team Type 1-Sanofi for the 2012 season.
“At 300 hundred metres I saw another rider start the sprint, and so I looked back to see who was coming. The road was clear in front and so I went for the win. It was the greatest feeling of satisfaction I have had in a long time.”
The whole Team Type 1 – Sanofi rightly celebrated their Austrian success. Colnago is proud to be the bike sponsor of the team that does so much to promote the treatment of diabetes.
“We won two stages with two different riders, we took the points jersey and the King of the Mountains classification as well. To have so much to celebrate in July in one week in Austria is a great testament to the hard work and professionalism of the riders, the staff and the management at Team Type 1-Sanofi,” team manager Vassili Davidenko said.
Thomas Voeckler was the star of the 2011 Tour de France, riding his yellow Colnago C59 Italia bike as he defended the race leader’s jersey for ten day. This year the Frenchman is in another fight as he tries to overcome a knee injury that has also cost him a place in the French team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Voeckler is a fighter and has no plans to give up just yet but has been forced to change his hopes and ambitions for this year’s Tour de France. While his teammates have gone on the attack virtually every day and Pierre Rolland remains an overall contender, Voeckler has been happy to finish each stage.
“My knee problem has affected my Tour de France. I was unable to ride my bike for 12 out of 22 days before the Tour de France. That’s a lot and has affected my form,” he told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“Fortunately it’s not getting any worse and so I’ll take things one day at a time. I shouldn’t feel too sorry for myself, there are guys who are all smashed up after crashes. I don’t want to abandon the race but I have to be reasonable. Last year, Christophe Kern wanted to keep riding and it cost him several months of the season.”
“I won’t be a tourist, that’s for sure. I don’t like to give up on my goals but sometimes you don’t have a choice. At Team Europcar we’ll work for Pierre Rolland. I’ll see how I feel later in the race and see if I can do something.”
Like all of France and around the world, we can only say one thing: Allez Thomas!
Sacha Modolo celebrated selection for the Italian team for the London Olympics by winning the third stage of the Tour of Austria with a powerful print finish in Lienz.
Modolo will be the likely leader of the Italian team in the Olympic road race on Saturday July 28, and will ride alongside Marco Pinotti, Vincenzo Nibali, Matteo Trentin and Luca Paolini. Modolo finished second behind Britain’s Mark Cavendish in the official test event on the course for the road race last summer.
The 25 year-old Italian is one of the leader’s of the Colnago CSF Inox team and won stage three in Austria riding a Colnago C59 Italia bike. He proved his Olympic credentials by beating fellow Italian Francesco Gavazzi and Austria’s Daniel Schorn.
“Today’s a great day for me. I’ve been selected for the Italian team and I’ve won again after a difficult Giro d’Italia. I’m feeling physically and mentally strong and I’ll be ready to play my part for the good of the team in such a hugely important event like the Olympics,” Modolo said.
Colnago bikes notched up yet another professional victory at the Tour of Austria, with Italy’s Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 – Sanofi) winning the uphill sprint to the line in Innsbruck after an excellent lead out from his teammate Georg Preidler, who finished fourth and also pulled on the best young rider’s white jersey. Marcoa Canola of the Colnago-CSF Inox team finished third in the sprint to the line.
Bazzana pulled on the race leader’s yellow jersey and the red points’ jersey, making it a day of celebration for the US-registered team that uses cycling to spread a message of hope and inspiration for the diabetes community.
Bazzana raced on a stunning black and white Colnago M10 S bike, our monocoque model that sits at the top of the Colnago range alongside the Colnago C59 Italia –used by other riders at Team Type 1- Sanofi. The 2013 Colnago M10 S uses new lamination technology and composite materials and is compatible with both electronic gears and mechanical gears. It is just one of many updates that were unveiled on our new website.
Bazzana said: “In the final lap the peloton all came back together, and we talked among the team to find out who was feeling strong. I felt very good all day, and so Preidler got in front of me with 5km to go and took me all the way to the front.”
“In the final 1000m the road went uphill very sharply, and I watched some other teams try to get away on the final hairpin curve. With 50m to go I saw the last rider in front of me cracked and I passed him with no time to take my hands off the handlebars.”
The Team Type 1 – Sanofi squad in Austria includes Rubens Bertogliati, Laszlo Bodrogi, Alexander Efimkin, Jure Kocjan, Daniele Colli, Javier Megias Leal and local hero Georg Preidler. The Colnago- CSF Inox team are also competing, with a team lead by Sacha Modolo.