Bartoli wins Flèche Wallone
Mapei wins another classic thanks to Michele Bartoli, which beats the Dutch rider Maarten Den Bakker on the last kilometer of the Flèche Wallone.
Ballerini’s greatest Roubaix win
Powering his Colnago C40 on his own for the final 70km, on a day marked by foul weather and a crash by his team leader Johan Museeuw, Franco Ballerini takes his second Paris-Roubaix win. His Mapei team-mates Andrea Tafi and Wilfried Peeters take second and third after powering the breakaway from which Ballerini springboards to victory.
Mapei sweeps Roubaix podium
Belgian Johan Museeuw crosses the line first at Paris-Roubaix in a choroegraphed finish after he and Mapei team-mates Gianluca Bortolami and Andrea Tafi escape with 86km to go and prove unstoppable. All three are aboard Colnago C40s as team sponsor Georgio Squinzi instructs that Museeuw should win.
Ballerini wins Paris-Roubaix
While other teams experiment with mountain bike technology, Colnago sticks to his principles and supplies Mapei riders at Paris-Roubaix with C40 bicycles with Precisa straight forks. Franco Ballerini wins aboard his C40 and is Over a nine-year period Mapei riders go on to win five Paris-Roubaix on Colnagos.
The Mapei era begins
The planets align for Georgio Squinzi’s fledgling Mapei team and Colnago as the management of the Spanish Clas team - sponsored by Colnago - decides to reduce its involvement in cycling. Squinzi snaps up Clas’s riders and bike sponsor and one of the most successful collaborations of the modern era begins.
Fondriest fastest into Sanremo
Lampre rider Maurizio Fondriest wins Milano-Sanremo on a Colnago bicycle.
The Ariostea years
The Ariostea era begins. Over the next three years the team would win 93 races, including landmark victories by great Italian rider Moreno Argentin in the Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
C35 marks Colnago’s 35th anniversary
To celebrate 35 years of Colnago Cycles, Colnago introduces the C35, a a carbon composite frame with elegant curving lines. Developed from the work with Ferrari Engineering, the C35 becomes an oft-copied design landmark.
First carbon fiber prototype
The first fruit of Colnago and Ferrari Engineering’s cooperation is the Concept bicycle, with carbon fiber tubes, composite three-spoke wheels and a gear system enclosed in the chainrings. The unusual gears make it too heavy for production, but the ideas in its frame inform all subsequent Colnago carbon biber bicycles.
Colnago meets Ferrari
Realising that he should tap materials expertise from outside the bike industry, Ernesto Colnago meets Enzo Ferrari to discuss working together. An enthusiastic Enzo Ferrari tells him “You want to work in carbon fiber. That’s a good idea. It’s the future.”