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From Cambiago to Sanremo in the footsteps of champions

40 years after Saronni’s victory at the Classicissima - the last champion to win it in the World Champion’s jersey - two employees of Colnago (and one of Pirelli) followed a 340km route from Cambiago to Sanremo - passing through Milan - the day before Milano-Sanremo.

"How close are we?" 

"200km done!"

"Yes!" "Good guys!" "How much longer is Sanremo now?" 



"But how?!"


This is a real conversation that took place on the summit of the Turchino Pass,the highest point of the Milano-Sanremo route and the first important "climb" facing the riders. Quotation marks are useful here because it is difficult to call it a climb of 25km at an average gradient of 1.5%. 

For a professional, at least!

But for the most ordinary mortals - that is, people who cycle in their free time - the Turchino is a real climb. Especially after the endless and very straight agricultural plain south of Milan.


The story begins at 6am in Cambiago, outside the company gates. Goal of the day: arrive in Sanremo and celebrate - in our own way, that is cycling - the 40 years since the victory in the Spring Classic of a great Colnaghist: Beppe Saronni.

Ahead of the riders are 340km of straights in plain and ups and downs on the Ligurian coast.


These are the participants and their chosen equipment:

Davide Fumagalli - Head of Product and R&D, Colnago - C68 prototype (one of the very first samples made from his sketches), Enve 4.5 wheels, tubeless Pirelli P ZERO™️ Race TLR tires, Shimano Dura-Ace groupset with chainring and discs by Carbon-ti, plus Ceramicspeed titanium pulley. Matteo Brivio - OEM Sales Manager, Pirelli - C68 in oil blue and gold colour, Campagnolo EPS groupset, Bora Ultra WTO 45 wheels. Pirelli P ZERO™️ race tires with TPU inner tube (P ZERO™️ SmarTUBE, ça va sans dire). Gabriele Sirtori - Digital manager, Colnago - Colnago G3-X, SRAM Force AXS single-chainring (40x10-33), Fulcrum Wind 400 wheels, Pirelli P ZERO™️ Race TLR tires.

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The first part runs smoothly, except for the nightmare of Milanese traffic, between doors opening suddenly and cars parked on the bike paths. The plain of the Po Valley is devoured by Fumagalli - 3rd place at the UCI Gravel World Championship at Cittadella, and 4th place in the medium distance of the Maratona dles Dolomites. Brivio and Sirtori say "thank you", while staying on the wheel.


On the Turchino a hint of crisis is feared by Brivio. False alarm. Fatigue is promptly forgotten after a load of Haribo candies on the summit. 


The descent is spectacular. The sun is warm and high in the sky. After a few km of bends, on the bottom of the valley, an intense blue strip under the sky begins to glimpse, in a flash

The sea! Finally.


Along the coast, the pace drops, with the feeling of 200km in the legs slowing us down. Capo Mele is devoured, Capo Cervo passes in joy, Capo Berta brings Sirtori and Brivio to technical knockout. 

A quick stop at the top. Haribo. And off again. 


In Imperia - "City with the best climate in Italy" says a sign from the municipal administration - the biggest challenge arises: the traffic, as harsh as only in the very narrow centre of Liguria can be.

Traffic lights, roundabouts, cars and scooters with unpredictable trajectories. 


After a few peaks in heart rate, the trio finally arrive at the last two climbs of the day: Cipressa and Poggio. 

The sun is disappearing behind the Ligurian Maritime Alps. The sky becomes an intense blue and we climb - in the fresh air and with legs hardened - among the olive trees of Costarainera. 

It’s getting less and less. 


At the Poggio di Sanremo it’s almost dark. We turn on the lights in front. Fumagalli raises the pace. After the first 2km he opens the gas. The others will find him at the top. Very serene. 


The night descent towards the lights of the city of Sanremo is now a triumphal ride. 

Turning to Via Roma. It’s done!

And the stopping point is in front of the barriers where they are installing the race’s finishing arch.


Time to turn off the Wahoo. 340km, almost 11 hours cycling, and an average of 32km/h.


Phew! Time for pizza.



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