Visiting the home of the Vespa

The eleventh stage Pontedera time trial was important not only for the crucial fifty-kilometre race...

Tales from the (motorised) peloton, June 2, 2006

The eleventh stage Pontedera time trial was important not only for the crucial fifty-kilometre race against the clock, but also for the 89th Giro d'Italia visiting the original home of the Piaggio Vespa scooter, which is currently celebrating its 60th year.

With the Italians known for their style, the sala stampa (press centre) was held in the Museo Piaggio, which, apart from housing a room full of sweaty journos and photographers on a humid Tuscan day, showcased the company's most significant models from its inception in 1948 right through to today. Anthony Tan takes us through a very rare trip back in time.

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