Michele Scarponi gets a new bike… but will they need to change it now he's won the Giro d'Italia?*

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by nick_rearden   February 6, 2012  

Kevin Izzard 'Mr Wilier UK' couldn't have known when he was emailing us these pictures of Michele Scarponi's new bike being built up last week at the factory in Italy, that the Lampre-ISD star would be elevated to the top of the Giro d'Italia 2011 podium today, but things just work out like that sometimes.

Scarponi's first big race won't be until Tireno-Adriatico on March 7th-13th where he'll be hoping to repeat his 2009 win of the seven day stage race. In the meantime, he'll presumably be slaughtering the local fish'n'chippers for training on this new Zero .7 which is interesting for two reasons.

First, we were expecting him to be riding the ongoing Cento Uno SLR model which has been the previous Lampre-ISD mount. We're hoping we can entice Mr Wilier UK on here to comment on why they might have made the change. Perhaps Michele had read our Mat's review of the Zero .7? That's our theory, anyway.

Second, look at that handlebar and stem combo! We're guessing the sight of these Scarponi specials prefaces a forthcoming Limited Edition of the FSA Plasma 'bars and they're already £320.


Scarponi's FSA Plasma bars might need another special paintjob if he's confirmed today as official winner of last year's Giro d'Italia.

 

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If he does have a new bike and his old one is going spare, I'l have it Big Grin

posted by SevenHills [144 posts]
6th February 2012 - 14:59

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I thought the fella was wearing a weird helmet then, but it's the handlebar outlining his face!

Are all Wilier's made in Italy? Sounds better than made in Taiwan!

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2957 posts]
6th February 2012 - 15:06

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Ironic when you see the related stories panel to the right....

'Michele Scarponi targeted in drugs raid, unnamed Katusha riders have bio passports seized'

Oh and seconds for his old bike....please Big Grin

posted by SuperG [52 posts]
6th February 2012 - 16:33

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I hope the fantasy cycling results will be back-dated accordingly.

posted by italiafirenze [68 posts]
6th February 2012 - 16:39

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I suppose if we keep awarding the Giro and the TDF down the line until we find a rider with no previous we will eventually reach a young lowly domestique who hasn't yet been offered a 'pick me up'.

I know - that sounded very cynical. Plain Face

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1031 posts]
6th February 2012 - 20:55

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I really hope the rest of the team continue to ride the Cento Uno SLR for a while longer. It's a lovely frame.

posted by iamelectron [103 posts]
6th February 2012 - 21:00

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I don't mean to be er rude, and I er love bikes, but er that was er the most boring er video I have ever er seen. Yawn

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
6th February 2012 - 22:50

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Scarponi could sign the frame and crankset and auction it off for charity!

posted by dino [57 posts]
7th February 2012 - 3:09

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Raleigh wrote:
I don't mean to be er rude, and I er love bikes, but er that was er the most boring er video I have ever er seen. Yawn

Are you volunteering to be videoed speaking Italian on your favourite subject for 20 minutes?

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
7th February 2012 - 9:23

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