The bikes of the Tour: Garzelli's Bianchi, July 5, 2006
Cyclingnews European Editor Tim Maloney gets the low-down on
another bike that's in development at the Tour.
Stefano Garzelli's Team Liquigas-Bianchi's FG Lite prototype
The unique shape
Stefano Garzelli's Bianchi FG Lite
Stefano Garzelli starts the 2006 Tour de France as a dark horse candidate
for a podium spot and the Liquigas-Bianchi man will have a new steed in
his quest for Tour de France glory, a 2007 FG Lite that he is testing
in prototype form.
FG stands for Felice Gimondi, who rode Bianchi's distinctive celeste
bicycles to many notable wins during his long career and he was standing
close by at the Liquigas-Bianchi team truck as Cyclingnews spoke to Bianchi's
marketing manager Stefano Vigano in Strasbourg about Garzelli's new rig.
"The new 2007 FG Lite you see here is a prototype that some riders,
including Garzelli are testing here at the Tour de France," Vigano
told Cyclingnews. "Some riders have an all aluminium version
and some riders have our FG Lite Carbon model with carbon fibre chainstays,
depending which model works for them. After a lot of testing, our Bianchi
Reparto Corse engineers decided to increase the diameter of the seat tube
of 2007 to increase the rigidity of the frame, but not increase the weight."
Garzelli choses the all aluminium version, while his teammate Patrick
"Beautiful" Calcagni prefers the carbon stay version.
After our look at Garzelli's FG Lite proto, Cyclingnews managed
to sneak a peak in the Liquigas-Bianchi truck, where we spied a special
new lightweight Bianchi 928 carbon fibre frame hanging up in the back.
A friendly mechanic told us (under promise of anonymity) that "we'll
build this up for Danilo [Di Luca] later on in the Tour; it weighs in
at under 900 grams and is also very stiff."
However, with Di Luca unfortunately out of the Tour, some other lucky
Liquigas rider will have the chore of testing Bianchi's latest featherweight
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Stefano Garzelli's Bianchi FG Lite prototype
- as issued to favoured Liquigas riders
- only a Bianchi has that distinctive celeste look. If you want to start an argument among fans of Italian cycling, ask them whether it's green or blue...
with reliable ITM bars and stem
The unique shape
of the Bianchi FG Lite's top tube and down tube, made in triple butted custom Dedaccai 7000 series aluminium. The frame sports an FSA integrated headset, with distinctive Bianchi eagle badge front and center.
Frame: Bianchi FG Lite triple butted custom Dedaccai 7000
series aluminium with 6 degree sloping geometry.
Fork: Bianchi full carbon
Colour: Liquigas, custom spec
Headset: FSA Integrated
C of BB to C of seat tube: 480mm
C of BB to T of seat: 735mm
Top tube length: 525mm (c-c)
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars: 563mm
C of front wheel to top of bars: 550mm
Cranks: Campagnolo Record, 172.5mm, 39/53
Chain: Campagnolo Record 10-speed
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10-speed
Rear sprockets: Campagnolo Record, 11-21
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10-speed
Brakes: Campagnolo Record
Levers: Campagnolo Record 10-speed
Wheels: Campagnolo Eurus tubular
Tyres: Continental Competition 22 tubular
Bar: ITM Millenium, 44cm (o-o)
Stem: ITM Millenium, 130mm (c-c)
Pedals: Look Keo RXS
Seat post: Selcof carbon fibre
Saddle: Fi'zi:k Aliante Carbon, custom Liquigas team design
Bottle cages: Elite carbon
Cycle computer: Polar
Claimed frame weigh w/out fork: 1050 grams