Friday, May 13, 2011

Giro: Movistar Pinarello with Campagnolo Electronic

Yesterday's Giro d'Italia stage 6 victory by Francisco Ventoso marked not only Pinarello's first success at this year's edition but also the first grand tour win for Campagnolo's electronic gruppo. The first ever victory of Campagnolo's new gruppo also came from Ventoso, on the 5th stage of the Tour Down Under.

Ventoso's stage 6 winning bike (double click to enlarge):

Campagnolo is still calling it "Campy Tech Lab" but in an interview with Valentino Campagnolo by Road Bike Action magazine Valentino referred to it as "Electronic Power Shift" (EPS). When asked about the name EPS, Valentino responded, "Our EPS system was started in 2003, and so, yes, to Mr. Colnago, we said we were sorry, but asked him not to use the name anymore and it was understandable."

Recently Colnago announced that it was dropping the EPS model and introducing the EPQ.

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1 comment:

  1. re the EPS designation, it is true that EPS has been a Campagnolo trademark for several years, but it was previously applied to the anti-friction chainrings used within some of the 10 speed groupsets.

    So, given that for many years the name EPS happily co-existed in Campagnolo and Colnago, perhaps it was more a case of Colnago deciding to move on in its own branding (to EPQ), rather than it being the result of a "friendly" phone call from Valentino....