A Colnago finally wins the Tour de France
The yellow superbike – and matching yellow accoutrements – that the Slovenian prodigy rode on the final stage into Paris
This is the bike Tadej Pogačar rode on the final stage of the Tour de France, crossing the line on the Champs-elysées to become the youngest winner of the race in over 100 years after a surprise victory in the time trial the day before.
But perhaps equally surprising was that this was the first Tour de France overall win for Colnago, arguably the most storied bike brand not only in the race but in the world.
Ernesto Colnago, now 88, had built frames for Eddy Merckx, who won the Tour five times between 1969 and 1974 – but they had Merckx’s name on the down tube rather than Colnago’s.
Colnago reportedly had a vision that Pogačar would win the Tour. He had “butterflies in his stomach” after the second week and then knew that not only would Pogačar pull off a dramatic victory, but that it would also be the first ‘official’ victory by one of his bikes in the Tour de France. So the bike was painted ready for that scenario during the final week and Colnago checked it over personally before it was dispatched from Cambiago to Mantes-la-jolie for the stage into Paris.
To commemorate the brand’s Tour success, Colnago is making 116 exact replica bikes in both yellow and white to celebrate the win in the GC and best young rider categories. They come with a signed letter from both Ernesto Colnago and Tadej Pogačar along with a commemorative jersey and cap.
WHEELS Pogačar rode a set of Campagnolo Bora WTO 60 wheels with tubeless Vittoria Corsa G2.0 TLR tyres
SADDLE The seat of power is a Prologo Scratch M5, later swapped for a custom yellow Prologo Dimension
The frame was given the UCI’S seal of approval before the procession to Paris
BRAKES The V3RS comes in both disc-brake and direct-mount rim-brake formats. Pogačar chose the rim version for its weight saving. Team-mate Alexander Kristoff, however, won the first stage on a disc-brake V3RS
PEDALS UAE Emirates bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets and Deda finishing kit. Although no yellow logos could be scrambled in time for the components, Look supplied a set of yellow Kéo Blade Carbon Ceramic pedals
Colnago commissioned the build after the second week of the Tour