Adriano Baffi was also taken to hospital the same night after being involved in a crash with Marco Villa and Lars Teutenberg. Closer examination showed that he had fractured a shoulder blade. Baffi was scheduled to team up with Abraham Olano in the Milan Six Day next month and it is very uncertain if he can recover in time. Villa and Teutenberg escaped with minor injuries and both can continue the race.
In front of an audience of 23 000 local favourite Andreas Kappes had to give up with a nerve injury in his right leg and went to hospital for a medical examination. Adriano Baffi also had to visit the hospital with an injured shoulder after a crash.
1. Olaf Ludwig-Carsten Wolf (Ger) 121 Pts 2. Bruno Risi-Kurt Betschart (Sch) 121 3. Jens Veggerby-Jimmy Madsen (Dan) 110 4. Adriano Baffi-Pierangelo Bincoletto (Ita) 109 5. Marco Villa-Silvio Martinello (Ita) 108 One lap behind: 6. Danny Clark-Urs Freuler (Aus/Sch) 88 Three laps behind: 7. Matthew Gilmore-Dean Woods (Aus) 32 Four laps behind: 8. Andreas Kappes-Etienne de Wilde (Ger/Bel) 69 9. Andreas Reikirch-Uwe Messerschmidt (Ger) 44 Five laps behind: 10. Lars Teutenberg-Torsten Schmidt (Ger) 68 11. Gerd Dorich-Werner Stutz (Ger/Sch) 45 12. Erik Weisspfennig-Andreas Walzer (Ger) 31.
Tomorrow's race will take place on the slopes of Monte Prat, in the village of Forgaria (Udine), where 194 coridorii are entered. Cadets 30 minutes - 10:00am Juniors 40 minutes - 11:30 Women 40 minutes - starts one lap after juniors Under 23 and Elite - 13:10 Luca Bramati will be there, looking for a win as will Daniele Pontoni the outgoing Italian Champion.
The stage race will be held on the Island of Sardinia from 27 to 31 March, the weeek after the Primavera (MSR), the opening classic of the north. Organized by GS Sardegna and the club president Mameli, there will be five stages.
Starting in Quartu S. Elena, passing through Cagliari, Nuoro and Tempio Pausania, the Giro will finish in Alghero. There will be 20 squads comprising 180 riders.
From Jim McArdle in 'The Irish Times' for January 12th 1996: WHILE the cycling season does not start until the first weekend in March, the national. team director, Alasdair MacLennan has a lot of planning to do at all levels, but particularly. for those qualified for the Olympics, and he is busily engaged with schedules, budgets and compiling squads for international engagements. There are training sessions arranged for the last two weekends in February in Dublin, while the women are catered for on January 27th and 28th in Carlow. Then the season opens on Saturday March 2nd with the Mid-Eastern Region's league race over a north Co Dublin circuit and the Banbridge handicap at Annaclone, followed the next day by the Beechmount Cup race at Navan and the Kiely Cup at Blarney. Declan Lonergan returned to America on Wednesday after spending Christmas at home in Waterford, but his plans are in doubt as the sponsor of his team, Saab, have pulled out. Lonergan was based at Plymouth in Boston, but he has gone to Sacramento in California for the opening races of the season. MacLennan has agreed to two different schedules for Lonergan - if he joins a new American team he will continue to campaign there, first on the road and then on the track, but if he does not, he will be back to go with. Irish teams to various stage races and track events, including the FBD Milk Ras in May, which he won in 1994. Philip Collins goes to Manchester next week for special training on the track there. Although Collins and Lonergan have qualified for the pursuit and points race respectively at the Olympics, they will have to qualify also for the world track championships in Manchester at the end of August. For Martin Earley and the pair vying for the other place on the Irish team in the Olympic mountain bike race - Alastair Martin and Robin Seymour - the first events on the World Cup mountain bike programme will be very important.. They are in April, at Lisbon on the 14th, at Houffalize, Belgium on the 21st and St Wandel in Germany on the 28th.
This story has a beginning. It was 1948 when a good professional rider with 15 years of racing behind him and a passion for Things mechanical decided to put some of his brilliant ideas into practice. His name was Cino Cinelli, his company is Cinelli spa, and to him goes the credit for giving modern cycling the first aluminum handlebars, the first plastic saddle, the first leather toestraps, end the first quick release pedal. But this story also has a second beginning, thirty years later it was 1978 when Cino, nearing the end of his career, decided to hand over to a young industrialist specialised in tube manufacture, but whose heart was already in cycling, thanks to the small-scale production of prestige cycle tubes: Antonio Colombo. From that moment on, mysterious entities like Talent, Passion, Luck and Friendship worked together to ensure the rapid take off of this new factory, whose name went right round the world, taking the inventions of Cinelli-made design everywhere: a design that puts function and emotion first, without ever separating them. It's a winning formula in every sense. Champions have gone on winning with Cinelli on road and track all over the world, and Cinelli has become a magic name on the pro racing circuit. Few companies have succeeded in achieving such great fame on the basis of such numerically limited production, but the fact remains that whenever and wherever cyclists meet, the name Cinelli means something to be desired and treasured, even if all too rarely owned. What's the secret? Simple: be creative, take risks, be open-minded, put quality before quantity, and ask yourself every day how you can do something completely new. Like that, almost without realising it, you'll be me first to arrive when others will follow. Here is a list of Cinelli milestones, some more important than others, but all significant in some way,in chronological order: * Binda leather toestraps. (1951) * The Olympic Tandems for Rome and Tokyo. (1960-1964) * The Unicator Saddle, first with a plastic shell. (1962) * New concept aluminum handlebars. (1963) * The M71 quick-release pedal. (1971) * Cast lugs. (1975) * Design applied to the bicycle. (1978) * Innovative cycle clothing. (1978) * The introduction in Italy of BMX (1979) cycle touring bags (1982) cycle computers (1983) cycling glasses. (1985) * TIG welded Laser frames. (1979) * The Laser, with its World and Olympic records. (from 1980) * Bicycles and artists, and museum exhibitions. (from 1980) * The first new concept cycle shops (Granciclismo). (from 1983) * The creation of the Rampichino, the first Italian MTB. (1985) * The first MTB race in Italy. (1985) * Research into carbon frames. (1985) * The rigid aereodynamic helmet. (1985) * Hexagonal profile bars. (1986) * The first bike with fluorescent paintwork (the Multifluo). (1986) * Cork Ribbon handlebar tape. (1987) * The first Italian "hybrid" city/MTB (the Passatore). (1989) * The Laser receives the "Compasso D'Oro" award. (1991) * The Grammo concept stems. (1983) THE HISTORY OF RAMPICHINO California 1978: Invented in San Francisco by Gary Fisher, it's called the mountain bike. Italy 1985: Re-invented in Milan by Antonio Colombo, it's called Rampichino. Born as a competition machine for a few enthusiasts, the mountain bike is re-born with us as a new sport for all. That's history. With the ecological elegance of its woodland green colour, and backed up by the magazine Airone, the Rampichino was the very first Italian MTB and trailblazer for all the others, and its name has become a byword in the Italian language. Ten years have passed: Today Cinelli, sensitive to the Italian language. Ten years have passed: Today Cinelli, sensitive to the mood of its fans, celebrates the anniversary.Again on the wings of Airone ("The Heron") magazine,the Rampichino 10 arrives. It's not just a remake, but once again it's the "bike that didn't exist". In two ways: Firstly because it's the off-road touring bike for the refined and mature user, based on a new leisure ratherthan racing concept, but with 10 years of racing experience behind it. Secondly, because there will be a junior version with the same components as the adult version, and the same light and easy to use controls, ushering in a new cycling era, one in which children too will have an agile and reliable machine, or in other words, a safe one. To reinforce this concept, the Rampichino 10 helmet is being to launched, to encourage, we hope, the use of helmets on a regular basis, and not just for racing. So we started with nostalgia,and end up in the future. In the line with the Airone-Rampichino philosophy. ** THE RACING LEGEND. If Cino Cinelli hadn't been first and foremost a great cyclist, as well as being a skilled craftsman, we would probably never have had a Cinelli bicycle. Perhaps he would have been quite happy to have his saddles and handlebars tried out by customers and friends, framebuilders or other cyclists. But old Cino couldn't rest easy till he'd seen the component fitted to one of his own machines. In his mind, the bicycle was a total project, requiring overall control. So it was that he employed an expert framebuilder, whose job it was to produce prototypes for testing. In time, and by special request, the prototype could become a limited-run series for a lucky few enthusiasts. Our bicycles are still created the same way today. Designed around a new Cinelli stem, or tailored from a new set of Columbus tubes, which deserve this treatment. And so this year sees the birth of Nautilus, made to exploit fully the exceptional characteristics of Nemo, the latest generation of Columbus tubes, featuring miniaturised dropouts and cable guides, and reperesenting, needless to say, the state-of-the-art in superlight competition machines. ** THE INVENTION OF THE LASER For 15 years, the laser project has been the proving ground for the application of new technologies to the competition bicycle, thereby continuing the best Cinelli traditions. Under the Laser name, we have introduced many technical innovations which have become part of the common property of cycling. Our research and, occasionally, our willingness to take risks, have been rewarned by an unequalled series of acknowledgements in the field of competition. The Laser has been selected as the official machine of 9 of the most important national teams, and has won 28 Olympic and World Championship gold medals, in all kinds of event. A bike which has been "rationalised" as a function of its performance, but which remains faithful to the basic lines of its frame, presented today in an even neater and more essential form. For these reasons, the Laser won a different kind of prize in 1991, the Compasso d'oro, highest italian award for industrial design, and remains the only bicycle ever to have been so awarded. ** NAUTILUS A jewel of a bike, entirely TIG welded to enhance the qualities of the Columbus Nemo frameset (as light as titanium, but as strong as steel, with a zone butled system for a total frame weight of 1,350g ). No detail has been left unmodified: arched cable guides, lightened bottom bracket, reinforced head tube, cast seatlug and dropouts. The components are strictly Campagnolo Record with Shamal wheels. Colour: Nautilus Copper Soft Touch. ** GENIUS STRADA Frame built using fillet brazing on Genius tubes with ultra-short butting, specifically designed by Columbus for TIG welding. The secret of this unusual combination lies in the brazing material, a special alloy with high silver content, with a very low melting point, which allows the tubes to be joined without overheating them and changing their mechanical characteristics. The results are superb. The elements blend seamlessly into each other, achieving the best distribution of stresses over the structure, and satisfying the most refined eye. A classic examples of how, by looking for the solution to technical highest quality: Campagnolo Record groupset, San Marco saddle with titanium structure, Cinelli Grammo titanium stem. The range of colours is exclusive: Black Night Soft Touch, Nautilus Copper Soft Touch, China Blue soft Touch. ** NEW SUPERCORSA True to itself since 1948, this is the classic Cinelli bicycle that made the name famous all over the world, and continues to be the most sought after by enthusiasts, who find it continually updated in materials and components. The current version features a frame built with the new lightened Columbus Neuron tubes, and it's equipped with the Campagnolo Chorus Ergopower groupset, and Campagnolo Mexico rims for lightweight HP tyres. Colours: Pearl White, Champagne Rose', Golden Moon, Quicksilver, Titan Grey, Silver Pine, Metallic Cinnamon, Classic Bordeaux, Laser Azure, China Blue, BMW, Night Blue, Cyclamen Violet, Loden Green, Black Tie, Curry Yellow, Ferrari Red. ** UNICA The oversize tubes and the new Columbus Brain frameset with lightened chainstays make this an innovative frame. The better informed riders alredy know that this means light weight, rigidity and precision riding. The components are up to the job: Campagnolo Veloce Ergopower groupset, Cinelli XA stem, Cinelli 64 bars. But the really new feature is the performance, previously reserved for professionals. Colours: China Blue, Ferrari Red. ** PROXIMA An excellent and innovative "entry level" machine. Frame and forks made with Columbus Thron tubes, Cinelli stem and bars, Campagnolo Mirage Ergopower Groupset, Cinelli class, from the first turn of the pedals. Colour range: China Blue, Ferrari red. ** PROXIMA G.F. Designed for long distances. The triple chainset gives wide range gears to tackle the hardest climb. The frame is build with Columbus Thron tubes and equipped with the Campagnolo Mirage triple groupset and Cinelli bars and stem. Colours: China Blue, Ferrari Red. ** CAPITANO NEMO Built with the Columbus Nemo framest, wich introduces the "zone butted system" concept, giving lightness equal to that of titanium (frame weight 1,420g) with all the strenght of steel. A masterpiece of "handcrafted technology" in the choice of components: Cook Bros cranks, PMP titanium seatpost, Paul brakes and levers. Every single detail of this bike has been redesigned and lightened, from the inverted "X" brake bridge to the seat post clamp, from the arched cableguides to the forged dropouts. The highly coveted carbon Specialised Rock Shox Judy XL fork is titled. For the new technological navigators. Colour: Hard Touch Nautilus Copper. ** GENIUS MACHINE The latest interpretation of the "Machine" concept, which since 1988 has brought together the best of the latest mountain bike components and a state of the art frame in terms of both the materials used and the construction techniques and frame geometries. This new Machine is entirely handbuilt, using the new asymetrically reinforced Columbus Genius tubes. The frame is further distinguished by the S-shaped rear stays, the internal gear cable run in the seat stay and the inverted "X" brake bridge. The highest level components are used: Shimano Deore XT groupset, Grip Shift X-Ray gear controls, Grammo Ahead Stem, Mavic SUP rims, Bontrager titanium saddle, Trail Bikes Velociraptor Wilderness tyres, PMP titanium seatpost. Geometry (18" size): seat angle 73=B0, head angle 70=B030', chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: Black Tie Hard Touch. ** GENIUS SOFT MACHINE Version with carbon and titanium Rock Shox Judy CX sprung forks. A refined and efficient match, which enhanced this machine's performance, without affecting its record breaking lightness. Geometry (18" size): seat angle 73=B0, head angle 70=B030', chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: Black Tie Hard Touch. ** ARGENTO VIVO Frame built with the ultra-new Columbus Cyber Nivacrom tubes with S-shaped rear stays, and Rock Shox Quadra 5 sprung forks, personalised for Cinelli. Shimano Deore LX components, while super light top quality accessories like the Grip Shift controls,Tioga Psycho 2 tyres, 3T Forge Ahead stem, and 3T Procrome bars complete the project of this competition machine. Unsprung version with Columbus Cyber forks also available. Geometry (18" size): seat angle 73=B0, head angle 70=B030, chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: Argento Vivo Hard Touch. ** STRATOCASTER Racing geometry with Green Line Custom sprung forks, and "full optional" components of the type usually used on bikes in a higher bracket, (Columbus Thron tubes, Shimano STX groupset with Grip Shift gearshifters, 3T Extreme bars, 3T Procrome stem, Bontrager saddle, Tom Ritchey tyres), make it light, the lightest in its category. The handmade TIG welded frame is painted with the multilayer Hardmat process, and it is also available with an unsprung fork with Columbus Thron forkblades. Geometry (18" size): seat angle 73=B0, head angle 70=B030', chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: Saffron Hard Touch, Violet Blue Hard Touch. ** RAMPICHINO 10 Back off the road after 10 years, but it's not a remake. Once again, it's "the bike that hadn't been thought of ". A high quality off-road tourer, not a racer, but based on ten years of racing experience. Green Line Custom sprung torks, Royal elastomer saddle and Tom Ritchey Z Max tyres with knobby treads developed for this bike. A new concept mountain bike, for a cultured and evolved public. Frame built with Columbus Thron tubes, Shimano STX groupset, Geometry (18" size): seat angle 73=B0, head angle 70=B030', chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: Rampichino Green Hard Touch. ** RAMPICHINO 10 JUNIOR At last, a "real" mountain bike for the younger rider, with all the performance, fun and safety of a group-up machine. It could only be Cinelli Rampichino: superlight frame built with Columbus Cromoly tubes, sprung fork, 18 speeds, with smooth controls and firm braking. Built with the same techniques used for adult competition machines. We'll say it again, at last! Colour: Yellow Hard Touch. ** QUO VADIS ? A new concept hybrid, road oriented and designed for sports turing (fast journeys with light loads). Racing bars and sprung forks, to make the most of the road, but free to leave it and find your own route. Frame built with Columbus Thron tubes, Campagnolo Mirage triple, Shimano STX brakes, Tioga tyres. Colour: SPQR Red Hard Touch. ** PASSATORE An all-italian interpretation of the hybrid bike, for road or light off-road use. Frame TIG welded with Columbus Thron tubing, S-shaped rear stays, TIG welded fork with Columbus Thron blades, Hangers, cable guides, dropouts and "tiddly-bits" hand brased in the best italian racing frame tradition, which also influences the frame geometry choices. Geometry (19"size): seat angle 73=B030', head angle 71=B0, chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: SilverPine. ** CYBERNAUT A fully equipped city bike. Classic lugged and brazed construction, relaxed angles for greater comfort, Columbus Cybernaut tubing with S-shaped rear stays. All top level components: Shimano STX groupset, Grip shift gear shifter, Cinelli Quo Vadis bars in 7000 alloy, Esge mudguards and alloy rack, halogen lights with dynamo. Geometry: seat angle 72=B030', chain stay length 440mm, rake 45mm, Colour: Virtual Yellow. There are new WWW sites for both Cinelli (in English) http://www.cinelli.it/cinelli/engl.htm and Columbus (in Italian - English Coming) http://www.cinelli.it/columbus/home.htm