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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.
The first velocipedes: the penny-farthing
1800 – The velocipedes were machines designed with one, two, three, four or even five wheels. Some two-wheeled designs had pedals mounted on the front wheel, while three and four-wheeled designs sometimes used treadles and levers to drive the rear wheels.