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Is this the first Tour without a Bianchi?(7 posts)

Is this the first Tour without a Bianchi?Dog
Jul 24, 2001 5:49 AM
Since Bianchi has been around before the Tour, I'd imagine nearly every single Tour has had some Bianchi's in it. With no Mercatone this year, no Bianchi's. Anyone able to confirm this bit of speculative trivia?

What would Fausto think?

Early 90's??Cima Coppi
Jul 24, 2001 5:59 AM

In thinking about the teams that raced the TdF in the early 90's (before Mercatone Uno), Bianchi may have been absent then as well. I'd need to pull out my old Winning magazines to check, but nothing comes to mind as to who may have been on Bianchi's when Big Mig ruled the roost.

Early 90's??jaybird
Jul 24, 2001 6:28 AM
what about the team that Moreno Argentin rode for? If I recall he won the worlds in that era on a Bianchi...
Argentin won the worlds in '86...Cima Coppi
Jul 24, 2001 7:29 AM
His Gewiss team in the '90s rode on DeRosa's.
Jul 24, 2001 9:11 AM
Gewiss, at least for a period in the 1990s, rode Bianchis. I'd like to say that it was 1995 and 1996, but I can't remember exactly.
re: Is this the first Tour without a Bianchi?bartali
Jul 24, 2001 8:41 AM
Before Cipo was on a Cannondale, he rode a Bianchi but I do not know for which team.

Also, Gianni Bugno rode a Bianchi but again I forget for which team.
Bugno ride for Gatorade?12x23
Jul 24, 2001 9:27 AM
If I recall correctly Bugno and Marco Giovannetti rode for Gatorade and the bikes were Bianchi.