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Damiano Cunego's De Rosa Protos - Gallery

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Damiano Cunego's De Rosa Protos for the Tour de Suisse

Damiano Cunego's De Rosa Protos for the Tour de Suisse
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Sportek provides the Pro Continental team with out-front computer mounts

Sportek provides the Pro Continental team with out-front computer mounts
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Direct mount Campagnolo Super Record brakes provided the stopping power for Cunego's bike

Direct mount Campagnolo Super Record brakes provided the stopping power for Cunego's bike
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Cunego ran a 53/39 Campagnolo Super Record crankset with no power meter

Cunego ran a 53/39 Campagnolo Super Record crankset with no power meter
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Cunego uses Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals

Cunego uses Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals
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The team used the alloy-rimmed Campagnolo Shamal Ultra wheels for the Tour de Suisse

The team used the alloy-rimmed Campagnolo Shamal Ultra wheels for the Tour de Suisse
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All bikes at the Tour de Suisse were equipped with live data trackers produced by Quarq

All bikes at the Tour de Suisse were equipped with live data trackers produced by Quarq
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Cunego's De Rosa was equipped with a mechanical Campagnolo Super Record drivetrain

Cunego's De Rosa was equipped with a mechanical Campagnolo Super Record drivetrain
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The De Rosa Protos features internal cable routing

The De Rosa Protos features internal cable routing
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A side profile view of Cunego's cockpit

A side profile view of Cunego's cockpit
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Cunego runs an unbranded saddle that resembles a Fizik Arione

Cunego runs an unbranded saddle that resembles a Fizik Arione
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Team colour-coordinated Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages

Team colour-coordinated Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages
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Campagnolo's Super Record levers control the braking and shifting for Cunego

Campagnolo's Super Record levers control the braking and shifting for Cunego
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A closer look at the Campagnolo Shamal Ultra front week

A closer look at the Campagnolo Shamal Ultra front week
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A simple decal on the top tube denotes Cunego's bike

A simple decal on the top tube denotes Cunego's bike
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FSA provides the cockpit and headset for the team's De Rosa bikes

FSA provides the cockpit and headset for the team's De Rosa bikes
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The 28mm tubeless tyres are a close fit even with the direct mount Campagnolo brakes

The 28mm tubeless tyres are a close fit even with the direct mount Campagnolo brakes
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The team mechanics have kept the front end cabling neat and tidy

The team mechanics have kept the front end cabling neat and tidy
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Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini equip their De Rosa bikes with IRC Formula Pro Tubeless tyres, with Cunego opting for the 28mm variant

Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini equip their De Rosa bikes with IRC Formula Pro Tubeless tyres, with Cunego opting for the 28mm variant
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Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini) raced his final WorldTour race at the Tour de Suisse in June, before rounding out his extensive career at the Adriatica Ionica Race and the Italian national road race championships a few weeks later.

The 36-year-old won the 2004 Giro d'Italia, Amstel Gold in 2008, three Il Lombardia titles, and multiple stages at the Vuelta a España and Giro, among other victories.

After three years with Saeco at the beginning of his career, Cunego spent 10 seasons with Lampre before joining Nippo-Vini Fantini for his final four seasons as a professional.

Racing aboard Cannondale, Wilier and Merida earlier in his career, the Italian raced on a De Rosa during his time with Nippo-Vini Fantini.

For the Tour de Suisse, Cunego raced aboard a De Rosa Protos equipped with a mechanical Campagnolo Super Record groupset. As well as providing the drivetrain, braking and controls for Cunego, Campagnolo also provides the Pro Continental team with Campagnolo Shamal Ultra aluminium tubular wheels.

Having raced on fluoro-orange De Rosa framesets earlier in his time with Nippo-Vini Fantini, Cunego raced on a bare carbon-finished De Rosa for his final WorldTour race, with white De Rosa decals and a team colour-coordinated model name on the seat tube.

FSA provided the cockpit components for Cunego's bike, with the Italian opting for an alloy FSA SL-K stem and carbon FSA K-Force Light handlebars measuring 140mm and 380mm, respectively.

IRC tyres have long sponsored the Nippo-Vini Fantini outfit and the team were in the minority at the Tour de Suisse by racing with tubeless, as opposed to tubular, tyres.

Interestingly, Cunego also opted to race without a power meter, as he had done for much of his career.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the final race bike used by 'The Little Prince'.

Frameset: De Rosa Protos
Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake/shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-29
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record, 53/39
Wheelset: Campagnolo Shamal Ultra, tubeless
Tyres: IRC Formula Pro Tubeless, 28mm
Handlebars: FSA K-Force Light Carbon, 380mm
Stem: FSA SL-K alloy, 140mm
Tape/grips: De Rosa
Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
Saddle: Fizik Arione (unbranded)
Seat post: De Rosa Protos
Bottle: Elite Custom Race Plus
Other accessories: Sportek out-front computer mount

Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.69m
Seat height from BB (c-t): 670mm
Saddle nose to handlebars (at stem): 540mm