Giovanni Battaglin’s Giro d'Italia winning ‘Tre Cime’ Pinarello

How Pinarello found an extra, Giro winning, gear for Giovanni Battaglin. Photos by Chris Catchpole

It’s not that Pinarello is secretive about its bikes that have been ridden to famous victories — it’s just that the Italian company doesn’t really know what to do with them.

When an embarrassment of riches such as this goes on display the bikes, which start with founder Giovanni Pinarello’s battle-scarred 1951 Bottecchia and go all the way up to Chris Froome’s 2013 custom yellow Champs-Elysées Dogma, are drooled over by the cycling world. Then they are quietly returned to their very spartan retirement home — a rail at the back of a mezzanine floor at the factory in Treviso, where they hang like unfashionable suits in a charity shop.

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