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Gallery: More than 50 years of Pinarello

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On September 2, 1994 Miguel Indurain used this Pinarello track bike to set a new hour record of 53.040km, breaking the record of 52.713km set by Graeme Obree earlier that year

On September 2, 1994 Miguel Indurain used this Pinarello track bike to set a new hour record of 53.040km, breaking the record of 52.713km set by Graeme Obree earlier that year
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Abraham Olano (Spain) wins the 1998 elite men's time trial world championship in Valkenburg, the Netherlands on a Pinarello time trial bike

Abraham Olano (Spain) wins the 1998 elite men's time trial world championship in Valkenburg, the Netherlands on a Pinarello time trial bike
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Julián Gorospe (Reynolds), right, at the 1986 Tour de France where he would win stage 19. He would later direct the Euskaltel-Euskadi team from 1998 through 2006.

Julián Gorospe (Reynolds), right, at the 1986 Tour de France where he would win stage 19. He would later direct the Euskaltel-Euskadi team from 1998 through 2006.
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The first Tour de France won on a Pinarello came courtesy of Pedro Delgado (Reynolds) in 1988

The first Tour de France won on a Pinarello came courtesy of Pedro Delgado (Reynolds) in 1988
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Jose Maria Jimenez (Banesto) solos to victory at the 2000 edition of Classique des Alpes

Jose Maria Jimenez (Banesto) solos to victory at the 2000 edition of Classique des Alpes
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Miguel Indurain (Banesto) finished second to Tony Rominger on the stage 19 ITT at the 1993 Tour but retained the yellow jersey

Miguel Indurain (Banesto) finished second to Tony Rominger on the stage 19 ITT at the 1993 Tour but retained the yellow jersey
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Giovanni Pinarello, who would become the founder of the Pinarello bicycle company, piloted this Bottecchia to a last place finish in the 1951 Giro d'Italia.

Giovanni Pinarello, who would become the founder of the Pinarello bicycle company, piloted this Bottecchia to a last place finish in the 1951 Giro d'Italia.
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The first international victory on a Pinarello came courtesy of Guido de Rosso who won the 1961 Tour de l'Avenir

The first international victory on a Pinarello came courtesy of Guido de Rosso who won the 1961 Tour de l'Avenir
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The first overall Giro d'Italia victory for Pinarello came courtesy of Fausto Bertoglio in 1975

The first overall Giro d'Italia victory for Pinarello came courtesy of Fausto Bertoglio in 1975
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Giovanni Battaglin won both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 1981 aboard a Pinarello

Giovanni Battaglin won both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 1981 aboard a Pinarello
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The height of aero technology in the late '80s. Franco Chioccioli and his Del Tongo squad rode Pinarello TT bikes to victory in the team time trial stage at the 1988 Giro d'Italia

The height of aero technology in the late '80s. Franco Chioccioli and his Del Tongo squad rode Pinarello TT bikes to victory in the team time trial stage at the 1988 Giro d'Italia
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Franco Chioccioli used a Pinarello to win the 1991 Giro d'Italia

Franco Chioccioli used a Pinarello to win the 1991 Giro d'Italia
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At the root of Miguel Indurain's five straight Tour de France victories was his time trialing ability. Pictured here is a Pinarello time trial bike used in 1993 by Indurain.

At the root of Miguel Indurain's five straight Tour de France victories was his time trialing ability. Pictured here is a Pinarello time trial bike used in 1993 by Indurain.
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Miguel Indurain's full-aero time trial rig from 1995, the year of his final Tour de France victory and the year he won the time trial world championship in Colombia

Miguel Indurain's full-aero time trial rig from 1995, the year of his final Tour de France victory and the year he won the time trial world championship in Colombia
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Pinarello's manifistation of the "Superman" position which Andrea Collinelli used to win a gold medal in the individual pursuit at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Altanta

Pinarello's manifistation of the "Superman" position which Andrea Collinelli used to win a gold medal in the individual pursuit at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Altanta
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Bjarne Riis used this Pinarello time trial bike during his overall victory at the 1996 Tour de France

Bjarne Riis used this Pinarello time trial bike during his overall victory at the 1996 Tour de France
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Jan Ullrich's Pinarello road bike used during his 1997 Tour de France victory

Jan Ullrich's Pinarello road bike used during his 1997 Tour de France victory
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The Pinarello Crono Alu used by Alex Zulle during time trials in 1999, the year he finished second overall to Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France

The Pinarello Crono Alu used by Alex Zulle during time trials in 1999, the year he finished second overall to Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France
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Jan Ullrich's futuristic Pinarello time trial bike used during the 2000 season where he finished second overall in the Tour de France and earned the silver medal in the time trial at the Olympic Games in Sydney

Jan Ullrich's futuristic Pinarello time trial bike used during the 2000 season where he finished second overall in the Tour de France and earned the silver medal in the time trial at the Olympic Games in Sydney
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Miguel Indurain (Banesto) in yellow at the 1992 Tour de France with teammates Marino Alonso (left) and Pedro Delgado (center)

Miguel Indurain (Banesto) in yellow at the 1992 Tour de France with teammates Marino Alonso (left) and Pedro Delgado (center)
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Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Banesto) getting aero during stage 13 of the 1999 Tour de France

Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Banesto) getting aero during stage 13 of the 1999 Tour de France
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Alex Zülle (Banesto) would finish second to Lance Armstrong on the 56km stage 8 ITT at the 1999 Tour de France

Alex Zülle (Banesto) would finish second to Lance Armstrong on the 56km stage 8 ITT at the 1999 Tour de France
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Team captain Alex Zulle (second right) in action with his Banesto teammates during the stage 4 team time trial at the 2000 Tour de France. Banesto would place 12th, more than 4 minutes down on stage winner ONCE.

Team captain Alex Zulle (second right) in action with his Banesto teammates during the stage 4 team time trial at the 2000 Tour de France. Banesto would place 12th, more than 4 minutes down on stage winner ONCE.
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Santiago Blanco (iBanesto.com) solos to victory in stage 10 at the 2001 Vuelta a Espana

Santiago Blanco (iBanesto.com) solos to victory in stage 10 at the 2001 Vuelta a Espana
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Denis Menchov (iBanesto.com) en route to a 13th place finish in the stage 3 ITT at the 2002 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

Denis Menchov (iBanesto.com) en route to a 13th place finish in the stage 3 ITT at the 2002 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
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They don't make TT bikes like this anymore...Miguel Indurain (Banesto) rode into yellow at the 1995 Tour de France with a victory in the 54km stage 8 individual time trial

They don't make TT bikes like this anymore...Miguel Indurain (Banesto) rode into yellow at the 1995 Tour de France with a victory in the 54km stage 8 individual time trial
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Miguel Indurain (Banesto) powering the winning break in stage 7 at the 1995 Tour. Johan Bruyneel (ONCE) would outsprint Indurain for the stage win plus yellow jersey, but Indurain would wrest the jersey away for good the next day in the 54km ITT.

Miguel Indurain (Banesto) powering the winning break in stage 7 at the 1995 Tour. Johan Bruyneel (ONCE) would outsprint Indurain for the stage win plus yellow jersey, but Indurain would wrest the jersey away for good the next day in the 54km ITT.
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Miguel Indurain (Banesto) front and center in yellow during stage 11 of the 1993 Tour. Tony Rominger, right, would win the stage, Indurain would win overall for the third straight year, and Alvaro Mejia, left, would have his best overall Tour finish with 4th place

Miguel Indurain (Banesto) front and center in yellow during stage 11 of the 1993 Tour. Tony Rominger, right, would win the stage, Indurain would win overall for the third straight year, and Alvaro Mejia, left, would have his best overall Tour finish with 4th place
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Miguel Indurain (Banesto) in yellow in the background during the 1991 Tour, his first of five straight Tour victories. In the foreground is Italian champion Gianno Bugno, Indurain's super domestique Pedro Delgado and mountains leader Claudio Chiappucci

Miguel Indurain (Banesto) in yellow in the background during the 1991 Tour, his first of five straight Tour victories. In the foreground is Italian champion Gianno Bugno, Indurain's super domestique Pedro Delgado and mountains leader Claudio Chiappucci
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Pedro Delgado (Banesto) and Ronan Pensec (Z) battle during stage 10 of the 1990 Tour de France. Belgian champion Claude Criquielion, on the hot pink bike, leads Raul Alcala in the background

Pedro Delgado (Banesto) and Ronan Pensec (Z) battle during stage 10 of the 1990 Tour de France. Belgian champion Claude Criquielion, on the hot pink bike, leads Raul Alcala in the background
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2006 Tour de France leader Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) rolls out of the start house for the penultimate stage ITT. Floyd Landis would take the yellow jersey from Pereiro and ride with it into Paris, but the Spaniard would ultimately be named the 2006 winner after Landis was stripped of the title

2006 Tour de France leader Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) rolls out of the start house for the penultimate stage ITT. Floyd Landis would take the yellow jersey from Pereiro and ride with it into Paris, but the Spaniard would ultimately be named the 2006 winner after Landis was stripped of the title
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Floyd Landis (Phonak) marks yellow jersey holder Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) during stage 15 at the 2006 Tour de France

Floyd Landis (Phonak) marks yellow jersey holder Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) during stage 15 at the 2006 Tour de France
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Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne) outsprinted Lance Armstrong (Discovery Channel) to win stage 10 of the 2005 Tour in Courchevel

Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne) outsprinted Lance Armstrong (Discovery Channel) to win stage 10 of the 2005 Tour in Courchevel
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The stars of cycling had hour record fever in 1994. Here Miguel Indurain becomes the first man to ride over 53km in one hour (53.040km), beating Graeme Obree's record of 52.713km. Tony Rominger would go further than Indurain on two separate occasions later in 1994.

The stars of cycling had hour record fever in 1994. Here Miguel Indurain becomes the first man to ride over 53km in one hour (53.040km), beating Graeme Obree's record of 52.713km. Tony Rominger would go further than Indurain on two separate occasions later in 1994.
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Abraham Olano (Banesto) led the 1997 Dauphine Libere on the final stage, but crashed and finished second overall to Udo Bolts (Telekom)

Abraham Olano (Banesto) led the 1997 Dauphine Libere on the final stage, but crashed and finished second overall to Udo Bolts (Telekom)
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Abraham Olano (Banesto) leads Evgeni Berzin (La Francaise des Jeux) and French champion Laurent Jalabert (ONCE) during stage 10 of the 1998 Tour de France

Abraham Olano (Banesto) leads Evgeni Berzin (La Francaise des Jeux) and French champion Laurent Jalabert (ONCE) during stage 10 of the 1998 Tour de France
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Unaï Osa (Banesto) en route to an 8th place finish on the Mont Ventoux time trial in the 1999 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, a stage won by Jonathan Vaughters

Unaï Osa (Banesto) en route to an 8th place finish on the Mont Ventoux time trial in the 1999 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, a stage won by Jonathan Vaughters
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The Pinarello Paris used in 2006 by Alejandro Valverde, the year he claimed the Ardennes double of La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège

The Pinarello Paris used in 2006 by Alejandro Valverde, the year he claimed the Ardennes double of La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège
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Frank Vandenbroucke goes on the attack at Paris-Nice while in 2004 while riding for Fassa Bortolo.

Frank Vandenbroucke goes on the attack at Paris-Nice while in 2004 while riding for Fassa Bortolo.
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Alessandro Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo Pinarello Dogma.

Alessandro Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo Pinarello Dogma.
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Bradley Wiggins gets low on the corners

Bradley Wiggins gets low on the corners
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Movistar used Pinarello Dogma Ks - and the older KOBH 60.1 - for its run at Paris-Roubaix.

Movistar used Pinarello Dogma Ks - and the older KOBH 60.1 - for its run at Paris-Roubaix.
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Most bike frames in 1997 were still made out of metal, which limited what designers could do in terms of aerodynamic shaping. Here, Jan Ullrich tears around the Saint-Etienne course on a bike with a disc rear wheel, medium-depth front wheel, and aero bars but with just a teardrop-shaped down tube instead of the full-blown aero creations of today.

Most bike frames in 1997 were still made out of metal, which limited what designers could do in terms of aerodynamic shaping. Here, Jan Ullrich tears around the Saint-Etienne course on a bike with a disc rear wheel, medium-depth front wheel, and aero bars but with just a teardrop-shaped down tube instead of the full-blown aero creations of today.
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Miguel Indurain's 1993 Pinarello Banesto Team Bike was the first TIG-welded steel bike to win the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Miguel Indurain's 1993 Pinarello Banesto Team Bike was the first TIG-welded steel bike to win the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.
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Miguel Indurain won his five Tours based largely on his ability to time trial efficiently.

Miguel Indurain won his five Tours based largely on his ability to time trial efficiently.
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Miguel Indurain's (Banesto) steel Pinarello as used in the 1993 Tour de France.

Miguel Indurain's (Banesto) steel Pinarello as used in the 1993 Tour de France.
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Bjarne Riis (Telekom) leads Berzin during a short but heroic defence of the yellow jersey in 1996

Bjarne Riis (Telekom) leads Berzin during a short but heroic defence of the yellow jersey in 1996
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Rui Costa added the most recent chapter to the storied history of Italy's Pinarello bicycle company as the 26-year-old Portuguese rider rode a brilliant race to win the road race world championship last Sunday in Florence, Italy.

Costa's trade team of Movistar has parted ways with Pinarello for 2014 (and Costa himself moves to Lampre-Merida next season) and it marks the end of a lengthy relationship with the Spanish squad which can be traced back to the Reynolds team of the 1980s. Pinarello still figures prominently in the pro peloton, however, as they've extended their partnership with the British Sky team through 2016. Pinarello's relationship with Team Sky has been fruitful since their initial sponsorship in 2010 which has seen the squad win 136 races thus far, highlighted by back-to-back Tour de France victories courtesy of Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013).

Pinarello was founded by Giovanni Pinarello, himself a professional cyclist, but who saw the writing on the wall after finishing dead last in the 1951 Giro d'Italia. The next year his Giro d'Italia roster spot was bought out in favour of a more promising rider, Pasquale Fornara, and the 100,000 lire Pinarello received as compensation provided the seed money to found the eponymously named Pinarello bicycle company based in Treviso, Italy.

This gallery represents many milestones in the history of Pinarello, from the company's first international victory via Guido de Rossa at the 1961 Tour de l'Avenir, its first overall Giro d'Italia victory in 1975, its relationship with Italian champions Giovanni Battaglin and Franco Chioccioli, through the more modern era with Miguel Indurain and Alex Zulle at Banesto, Bjarne Riis and Jan Ullrich at Telekom and Spaniards such as Oscar Pereiro and Alejandro Valverde. The racing photos represent the years of Pinarello's sponsorship of Movistar's precursors in Reynolds, Banesto and Caisse d'Epargne.

Click here to view the Pinarello retrospective gallery.