Colnago has again supplied Team Europcar with special bikes for Paris-Roubaix, to help the riders handle the battering and blows of the legendary pave.
Four riders from the French team will use custom versions of the Colnago Prestige bike developed with the advice of cyclo-cross star Sven Nys and used by Niels Albert to win the 2012 world cyclo-cross title. This road version is lighter but has similar wheel clearance and is fitted with cantilever brakes.
Damien Gaudin used a similar bike in the 2011 Paris-Roubaix, finishing in the front group of big name favourites.
Other riders at Team Europcar have opted for custom versions of the Colnago C59 for Paris-Roubaix. The frames have a longer wheelbase to boost comfort and bike control on the pave, while offering high performance on the road.
Colnago bikes have shaped the history of Paris-Roubaix by revolutionising the bike design for the world’s toughest race. The iconic Colnago C40 frame Colnago won Paris-Roubaix five times in the nineties with the Mapei team: Franco Ballerini in 1995, Johan Museeuw in 1996, Ballerini again in 1998, Andrea Tafi in 1999 and Museeuw again in 2000.
Before the creation of the Colnago C40, riders tried different suspension designs and radical frame materials. However the Colnago C40 frame combined with the Precisa straight forks was a far better solution. Colnago proved that the right frame geometry and a high quality carbon fibre frame design offered the perfect performance on the pave.