Saturday, November 6, 2010

Update II: Pantani's 1998 Bianchi Auction

Continuing the story in which a supposedly Marco Pantani bike is to be auctioned, and which now the Pantani family says is not the Bianchi ridden by Marco (original story about the auction, first statement from Pantani family)..... I have been following up on the original story as it provides an important lesson in the pitfalls that await buyers that are interested in buying important cycling pieces of history. You must be very careful.

Below are photographs the Pantani family provided that refute the claim that it is Pantani's bike as used on the 1998 Grenoble-Les Deux Alpes stage, and later in 1999 at Milan-San Remo. The top photograph is of the bike being auctioned (the Mr. Corsini owned bike that is to be auctioned); the remaining photographs are of Marco Pantani racing in those races and clearly showing the differences (the numbered arrows). Click on photos to enlarge.

The communications from the Pantani family concludes with, "Fortunately there are official documents such as these photos that say the exact opposite (of what Mr. Corsini claims). Just look at them. And draw from them the appropriate conclusions.
With understanding and affection,
Tonina Belletti
Paolo Pantani"

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1 comment:

  1. Great story, Angelo. It shows indeed to be careful about what you buy at auctions. I also posted it on my blog, as a warning for all Dutch cycling fans. See:

    Saluto, Guido