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Colnago pleased to support Team Type 1

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Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet), Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Ernesto Colnago, Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1).

Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet), Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Ernesto Colnago, Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1).
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) will be competitive again at the Tour de France.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) will be competitive again at the Tour de France.
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Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco speaking at the Colnago 2011 presentation.

Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco speaking at the Colnago 2011 presentation.
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Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco.

Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco.
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Fiorenzo Magni and Alfredo Martini were among the famous names present.

Fiorenzo Magni and Alfredo Martini were among the famous names present.
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Eva Lechner and Natalie Schneitter with Ernesto Colnago.

Eva Lechner and Natalie Schneitter with Ernesto Colnago.
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Fiorenzo Magni and Alfredo Martini locked in conversation at the Colnago presentation.

Fiorenzo Magni and Alfredo Martini locked in conversation at the Colnago presentation.
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Team Type 1's Rubens Bertogliati and Daniele Callegarin.

Team Type 1's Rubens Bertogliati and Daniele Callegarin.
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Alfredo Martini address the audience in Cambiago.

Alfredo Martini address the audience in Cambiago.
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Paolo Bettini, Fiorenzo Magni, Alfredo Martini, Renato Di Rocco and Ernesto Colnago at the Colnago 2011 presentation.

Paolo Bettini, Fiorenzo Magni, Alfredo Martini, Renato Di Rocco and Ernesto Colnago at the Colnago 2011 presentation.
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Riders from the 2011 Colnago-CSF Inox line-up.

Riders from the 2011 Colnago-CSF Inox line-up.
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Former world champions Giuseppe Saronni and Gianni Bugno at the Colnago launch in Cambiago.

Former world champions Giuseppe Saronni and Gianni Bugno at the Colnago launch in Cambiago.
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Ernesto Colnago, the founder of the legendary manufacturer.

Ernesto Colnago, the founder of the legendary manufacturer.
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Ernesto Colnago and Giuseppe Saronni with Team Type 1's Daniele Callegarin.

Ernesto Colnago and Giuseppe Saronni with Team Type 1's Daniele Callegarin.
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Ernesto Colnago pictured with some of those who will be riding his bikes in 2011.

Ernesto Colnago pictured with some of those who will be riding his bikes in 2011.
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Representatives from the Colnago-backed squads for 2011.

Representatives from the Colnago-backed squads for 2011.
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Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini).

Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini).
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Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1) will ride Colnago in 2011.

Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1) will ride Colnago in 2011.
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Paolo Bettini addresses the audience in Cambiago.

Paolo Bettini addresses the audience in Cambiago.
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Italian national team coach Paolo Bettini.

Italian national team coach Paolo Bettini.
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Former world champions Gianni Bugno and Paolo Bettini chew the fat.

Former world champions Gianni Bugno and Paolo Bettini chew the fat.
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CPA head Gianni Bugno speaking with Italian Federation president Renato Di Rocco.

CPA head Gianni Bugno speaking with Italian Federation president Renato Di Rocco.
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is set for a big 2011.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is set for a big 2011.
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Ernest Colnago has said that he was unable to turn down the possibility of supplying bikes to Team Type 1 when approached ahead of the 2010 season. The American team has since obtained a Pro-Continental licence for this year and is aiming to win a wildcard invitation to the Giro d’Italia.

“I usually back young riders and Italian riders,” Colnago told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But when those Americans explained their philosophy to me, and told me about diabetes sufferers who have to live like everybody else and who can even ride with [Lance] Armstrong and [Alberto] Contador, I immediately said, ‘I’m there.’”

On the outskirts of Milan on Tuesday, Colnago presented the five squads that will ride on his frames in 2011. As well as Team Type 1, his storied company will supply bikes to Landbouwkrediet, Europcar, Colnago-CSF Inox and the Colnago Arreghini off-road team.

Among those present at the event at the Colnago factory in Cambiago were Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1) and Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini). Legendary Italian manager Alfredo Martini was also on hand, along with the current incumbent Paolo Bettini.

Colnago is particularly proud of the fact that Colnago Arreghini and Sven Nys’ Landouwkrediet squad keep the company flag flying on the cyclo-cross circuit. “In the winter, when other road teams don’t race, I race and win in ‘cross and mountain biking,” he said.

The Europcar squad, which is to be presented in Paris on Friday, will also ride on the Italian-built frames in 2011, while Colnago has high hopes for Bruno Reverberi’s Colnago-CSF Inox squad. “In 2010, they were good, very good and at this point it is right to expect a further leap in quality in the season that’s about to begin.”

For a full gallery from the event, click here.