In November, Cycle Sport went to visit Fausto Pinarello to ask him about Team Sky, Miguel Indurain, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Below are some of the choice quotes from one of the personalities of the Italian cycle trade

“I start training in October or November and stop in July. Our Gran Fondo Pinarello is the last race for me. It means I can recover – I like the sun, the beach, the sand, the water… two months without the bike is not bad.”

Fausto Pinarello on his season

“My father had a completely different mentality. He had a shopkeeper’s mentality, so for negotiating with the customer he was the best teacher in the world.”

Fausto Pinarello on his father’s influence

The famous Espada bike ridden by Miguel Indurain

“What else was I going to do? I left school when I was 17. My brother became a doctor; my sister was in commerce. I didn’t want that.”

Fausto Pinarello on his career choice

“Of course, Movistar are one of the best teams in the world and they had a lot to offer us. But we want to concentrate on Team Sky.”

Fausto Pinarello on the team he has committed too

Recently sprayed brake fairings hung out to dry

The Pinarello factory is vast

You can read the full feature on Fausto Pinarello and the factory visit in the February edition of Cycle Sport magazine. Out this week priced £4.75


  • lee

    Ho amore e passione Ian, i’ve an 853 custom – is that passion ? rather than any generic ‘plastic’ frame however its been put together, that fits me totally…

    That’s true passion…

    For me’ ! 😉

  • Cliff

    “The idiots who buy these have no morals whatsoever” sounds a bit sweeping: just because people buy fake frames doesn’t mean automatically that they have no “morals” in other aspects of their lives.

  • Ian Franklin

    Whilst doing a feature on Pinarello I would encourage your magazine to do an investigation into fake frames pro duced in China (Chinarellos). The idiots who buy these have no morals whatsoever and are only fodder for the Chinese mafia that think it;s good business to copy the work of others and steal their copyrights. Where I live there are at least 3 riders on fake Pinarellos. I would question their love and passion for our sport. An in depth feature is needed here.