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

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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

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