Five time Tour de France winner's TT bike available on eBay for a whopping £47,000

A time trial bike ridden by Miguel Indurain in 1992 – the year of his second of five victories in the  Tour de France – has appeared for sale on eBay.

However, the average cycling memorabilia collector shouldn’t get too excited: the Banesto branded Pinarello has a starting price of $74,999 (approximately £46,700).

Indurain's Banesto Pinarello

Indurain’s Banesto Pinarello

The bike in question was used by the Spanish rider for the first half of the 1992 season until it was replaced for that year’s Giro d’Italia in May, but held onto by Indurain. According to the seller, the bike was donated for a charity raffle in 1994 in aid of the restoration of the church of San Juan, Cabra, Spain.

Indurain's Banesto Pinarello with smaller front wheel

Indurain’s Banesto Pinarello with smaller front wheel

Characteristic of the time, but now outlawed by the UCI, the bike has a smaller front wheel to give the rider what was thought as a more aerodynamic position. This, joined with Indurain’s strength against the clock and aggressive gearing – 55-47t chainset, were a winning combination for Spain’s most decorated rider.

Five time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain riding the Pinarello in 1992

Five time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain riding the Pinarello in 1992

Indurain's Banesto Pinarello with Campognolo chainset

Indurain’s Banesto Pinarello with Campognolo chainset

This could be a great addition to Sir Bradley Wiggins’ classic bike collection.

  • stevetotton

    It’s Campagnolo not ‘Campognolo’ 😉