17 years after the last Italian victory (Petrucci 1963), Michele Dancelli won the Classicissima, interrupting the domination of foreign cyclists at Milan-Sanremo.
“Why the ace of clubs? The idea was given to me by the journalist of the Gazzetta dello Sport Bruno Raschi who wrote that day Dancelli had won on a bicycle in bloom – says Ernesto Colnago. In the evening I met him in a restaurant in Laigueglia and he said to me: “Ernesto, why don’t you make a symbol of it?”. I liked the idea: Sanremo city of flowers, Raschi had written that the bicycle was in bloom, I hoped in my heart to become a bicycle ace. Well, I returned home and had a new ace of clubs prepared “. In the image Ernesto Colnago at the Milan Show in 1972.