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The special edition Colnago Ottanta5 in honour of Ernesto Colnago's 85th birthday

The special edition Colnago Ottanta5 in honour of Ernesto Colnago's 85th birthday
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Ernesto Colnago stands with his special edition bike

Ernesto Colnago stands with his special edition bike
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The Ottanta5 is designed around the C60

The Ottanta5 is designed around the C60
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The original Colnago logo

The original Colnago logo
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It is fitted with the Campagnolo Super Record EPS

It is fitted with the Campagnolo Super Record EPS
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A look down the seatstays

A look down the seatstays
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The newer logo on the top tube

The newer logo on the top tube
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There are lots of black accents on the bike

There are lots of black accents on the bike
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The bike is fitted with Campagnolo Bora 50 wheels and Vittoria Corsa tyres

The bike is fitted with Campagnolo Bora 50 wheels and Vittoria Corsa tyres
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The original Colnago logo from 1954 on the headtube

The original Colnago logo from 1954 on the headtube
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Ernesto Colnago's signature on the bike's downtube

Ernesto Colnago's signature on the bike's downtube
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The 1954 logo on the seattube

The 1954 logo on the seattube
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Giuseppi Saronni and Francesco Moser share a joke

Giuseppi Saronni and Francesco Moser share a joke
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Ernesto Colnago with the company's special edition bike

Ernesto Colnago with the company's special edition bike
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Ernesto Colnago and Valentino Campagnolo

Ernesto Colnago and Valentino Campagnolo
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Former Real Madrid and England manager Fabio Capello with Ernesto Colnago

Former Real Madrid and England manager Fabio Capello with Ernesto Colnago
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Former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo says a few words

Former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo says a few words
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For a big birthday a massive cake

For a big birthday a massive cake
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Paolo Bettini, Gianni Motta, Francesco Moser, Felice Gimondi, Ernesto Colnago, Vittorio Adorni, Ceslaw Lang, Giuseppi Saronni, Michele Dancelli and Giambattista Baronchelli

Paolo Bettini, Gianni Motta, Francesco Moser, Felice Gimondi, Ernesto Colnago, Vittorio Adorni, Ceslaw Lang, Giuseppi Saronni, Michele Dancelli and Giambattista Baronchelli
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Colnago founder Ernesto Colnago turned 85 this week and in celebration of reaching such a grand old age, he and his company have released a special edition bike. Just 85 of the bikes will be made, in 19 different sizes, and one will set you back the hefty sum of £9,999/$12,500.

The Ottanta5 is described as a ‘a custom-made jewel’ on the Colnago website and is modelled on the current C60.

“The Ottanta5 is constructed of the highest quality carbon fibre, with star-shaped tubes and lugs – a proven design element tested over the years, beginning with the Master,” the website reads.

The bike is hand-painted painted in a silver gloss with ‘arabesque’ decorations and features the original Colnago logo from 1954. The newer ‘club’ logo also features heavily on the frame.

It is fitted with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset, Bora Ultra 50 wheels and Vittoria Corsa tyres. Matching Ottana5 handlebars and stem finish the whole piece off.

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Stars of cycling and Italian sport turned out on Wednesday to celebrate Colnago’s birthday, including former Giro d’Italia winners Francesco Moser, Giuseppi Saronni, Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni and Gianni Motta. Valentino Campagnolo was also present, as were some non-cycling stars such as football manager Fabio Cappello and former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

Flick through the gallery above to take a look at the Colnago Ottanta5 and the birthday party.