Sunday, September 13, 2009

1982 World Championship, Saronni Wins

Franco Ballerini, the Italian national team coach, may be announcing the squad for the World Championship as early as tomorrow. He is currently at the Vuelta evaluating the performances of Italians in the race. Veronese Damiano Cunego must be impressing him greatly now having won two difficult mountain stages, and has a chance of being named team captain.

Here is Giuseppe (Beppe) Saronni winning the 1982 World's, in England, at the expense of Boyer and Le Mond.

His bike was a Colnago, and a replica is being sold now by Colnago:

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1 comment:

  1. Saronni's victory was a controversial one at best.
    Boyer, with a solid and tactically cleaver ride had the lead near the finish. However, instead of aiding his fellow American, Lemond helped Boyer's pursuers, allowing Sarroni to win. In any event, there had never been any love lost between Boyer and Lemond, or between Lemond and anyone, before or after this race.
    The Colnago bike shown appears to be more a Saronni phony than a true replica. The color appears more red than the original wine, the head lugs on Saronni's bike were not chromed, the fork was not straight, etc.
    George Hollenberg MD