It is the end of season 1981 it is said that the contract between Saronni and Gis Gelati patron Pietro Scibilia was up. The Del Tongo’s had followed cycling for years since the times when Nencini was an amateur, and learned the news they did not hesitate to call Ernesto Colnago. “The first contact with Stefano and Pasquale went very well – said Ernesto Colnago -.
We had a good understanding right away, because we were all passionate about cycling, simple people who spoke the same language: the universal language of cycling. I remembered we didn’t talk much about business, but a lot about cycling, races and victories. At a certain point I called Saronni and Chiappano and said: “Hey I’ve found some people we can really work well with”.
We still hadn’t spoken about money, but It seemed like we had a good understanding. It was in everybody’s best interest. The team was created the way Chiappano and I would have wanted – remembered Colnago – they were relaxed about It. “Make the team the way you want It”. If one quantifies the investment made as It was in 1982, we started with a team that would quickly be recognized on an international level. Beppe won the Milan Six days, then won another ten races before he won the most important race of the year at Goodwood. The world championships”.