Tagged: tour de france

grand départ

To mark and to celebrate the departure of the Tour de France 2020 from Nice (Saturday August 29) together with the Italian brand superleggero we are preparing a series of initiatives to celebrate the event.
In the coming weeks we’ll provide more information and further details.
Should you be planning to spend a few days in Nice, don’t hesitate to contact us. And do remember to bring your bicycle – we’d be more than happy to take you on the same roads as the Tour to discover these fantastic places.
Hope to see you soon!

aspen’86

The new silk carré aspen ’86 I designed for the italian brand superleggero is my personal tribute to the Coors Classic, a race held in North America between 1975 and 1988.
The race was considered the fourth biggest stage race on the world cycling calendar after the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta.
From a 3-day of racing in Colorado in the first years, the race grew to 2 weeks with stages across Nevada, Colorado, California, many of them criterium races or time trials like the time-trial hill climb up to San Francisco’s famous Telegraph Hill.

For a young Italian corridore viewing the evening television summary reports, it was wonderful. The level of the racers was not so high, the race was run in July or August when in Europe a racer had just finished exhausted from the Tour de France or was preparing for the Vuelta.
But what fascinated me were the designs, so different from what were normally worn by racers in Europe. Those were the years of teams like Toshiba, 7-Eleven, Descente, Z-Vetements. And what to say of the first Oakley goggles that made Andy Hamsten look like a Martian?

At the Coors Classic, the race leader wore a wonderful red jersey with white diagonal stripes – some years horizontal – with new graphics yearly, inspired by the two main sponsors.
What a splendid obsession!

To those graphics and to that fantastic 80s’ design I wanted to dedicate the two silk carrés aspen ’86 and aspen ’85.

You can find them here . . .

it is not a French cultural thing!

«…Contrary to the testimony of DAVID BRAILSFORD in front of the Committee, we believe that drugs were being used by Team Sky, within the WADA rules, to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need.” – British Parliament’s House of Commons, British Government Report.

(…)Then there were allegations that a mystery «Jiffy bag» delivered to WIGGINS at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011 contained a prohibited substance. A UK Anti-Doping Agency investigation did not bring any charges, hampered by a lack of evidence. That was partly due to the team doctor, FREEMAN, claiming he had lost the laptop containing WIGGINS’s medical data while on holiday in Greece.
(…)WIGGINS has always denied any wrongdoing and maintained the package contained the legal decongestant Fluimucil, an answer also given by FREEMAN in a written statement to a parliamentary hearing. The same doctor, FREEMAN who also worked for British Cycling allegedly took a delivery(to the National Cycling Center in Manchester)of banned testosterone patches but he was unable to account for them and said they had been delivered in error.
(…)Remember that BRAILSFORD also tried to persuade the Daily Mail to bury the «Jiffy bag» story because he feared it could mark “the end of Team Sky”, while the head of Ukad, NICOLE SAPSTEAD told Parliament in March that her investigators had met with “resistance” from Team Sky in their inquiries….
(…)WIGGINS once said SUTTON was like a ‘father’ to him but the Australian admitted to the Committee that in his opinion Sir Bradley’s use of triamcinolone was ‘unethical’….»