News for January 14

Long rest for Kappes - Baffi fractures shoulder

Andreas Kappes had to undergo an emergency operation on an artery in his lower abdomen in a Bremen hospital after complaining of bad pains during the second night of the Bremen Six Day. It was first diagnosed as a nerve injury in the lower back and right leg. He will now need a long rest before he can start cycling again.

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.

Ludwig-Wolf and Risi-Betschart leads Bremen Six after second night

After the second night of the 32nd edition of the Bremen Six Day Race Olaf Ludwig-Carsten Wolf (Ger) had taken the lead together with last year's winners Bruno Risi-Kurt Betschart (Sch), both on 121 points. Five pairs are on the same lap.

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.

Standings after second night (1/12/95):

 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.

Italian Cyclo Cross Championship

     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.

Selle Italia-Glacial - First Victory

Hugo Osorio, 21 year old cousin of Nelson "Cacaito" Rodriguez, has opened his teams 1996 account with a victory in the Clasica de Manizales.

Sardinian Tour Confirmed

After a 13 year vacuum, the Giro Ciclistico di Sardegna is officially back on the calendar.

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.

SAAB Pull Out - Earley Hopeful of Olympic Selection

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

    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

    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.

The Cinelli Story

     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)


    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.



    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.



    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.



   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.



   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



   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.



   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.



   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.



    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.



    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.



   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.



    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.



    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.



    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.



   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



    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.



    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



    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:



    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.

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