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A talented track cyclist and skilled bike builder, Ortelli started riding bikes in 1927 when he was six years old and children's bikes did not even exist. His father adapted an adult one for him, and from that moment on, cycling became his world.
It's one of the most prestigious and innovative manufacturers of steel tubing used in bicycle frames, located in Settala, in the Province of Milan.
Founded in 1919 by Angelo Luigi Colombo, with the name A. L. Colombo (he changed it to Columbus in the '30s), the company immediately began producing high-quality tubing for companies that have made cycling history, from Bianchi to De Rosa, Pinarello and Colnago.
The Giro d'Italia is a multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy, while also starting in, or passing through, other countries. It is one of the most prestigious races, and together with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España is included by the Union Cycliste International (UCI) in the professional circuit of the World Tour.
Giuseppe Saronni, today sports executive, is a cycling icon. A professional from 1977 to 1990, he won two Giro d'Italia, one Milan-Sanremo, one Giro di Lombardia, one Freccia Vallone and a road world championship.
Rik Van Looy (full name Hendrik Van Looy), born in Grobbendonk on 20 December 1933, was one of the most successful cyclists in cycling history alongside Eddy Merckx and Francesco Moser. He was world champion among the road pros in 1960 and 1961 and even managed to win all five classic monuments, a result achieved only by fellow countrymen Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck.