The 2012 road cycling season has had a string of highlights for Colnago, and as it drew to a close this weekend with the concluding chapter of the World Tour in Beijing and the final European race, the Tour de Vende, we took the opportunity to pick our favourite Colnago moments.
Our first was watching Sebastien Turgot taking a brave second place at Paris-Roubaix. This race truly is a monument of the sport and to take the sprint for second place in the hallowed Roubaix velodrome is a great achievement. It was particularly poignant for Colnago as it is a race that forms a key part of our history, with the dominance of the Mapei years and of course simply because it is such a beautiful race that evokes the spirit of cycling’s “Golden Age” - images from Paris Roubaix are always timeless.
Our second highlight was the stage win at the Giro d’Italia for Domenico Pozzovivo. Bittersweet in hindsight as it will prove to be the last Grand Tour stage win for the Colnago CSF Inox team in it’s current guise. We must salute the diminutive climber for his heroics this spring. The Giro stage win was a true classic for a climber, attacking and dropping the lead group of contenders seven kilometres from the end and soloing to a glorious victory.
Finally, and unsurprisingly, we pay homage to Thomas Voeckler’s ride in the Tour de France, and in particular the second of his two stage wins. The Frenchman soloed to victory on a classic Pyreneen parcours that included some of cycling’s most iconic cols, riding alone for much of the day. To cap a perfect stage, he also retook the Climber’s Polka Dot jersey, a classification he would hold all the way to Paris. Chapeau!