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Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa goes back 20 yrs to great Il Pirata comeback

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bike
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Bianchi has made a number of special limited edition harkening back to their heyday with Marco Pantani dominating pro racing. This latest Specialissima Pantani Oropa goes back in time two decades to one of Il Pirata’s greatest victories, his 1999 Giro comeback from a mechanical wearing the maglia rosa to win the stage climbing up to the Sanctuary of Oropa.

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2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bike

Riding for the Mercatone Uno-Bianchi team in the 15th stage of the 1999 Giro d’Italia, Marco Pantani had a crisis on the bike. A jammed chain just 10k from a mountain top finish saw him burn half a minute on the side of the road, while his competition put the hammer down to try to take advantage.

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bike
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Well, Il Pirata got rolling again with the help of his teammates and went on to set a record on the finishing climb up to Oropa, taking a dominating stage win, fueled by more than just whatever was coursing in his veins. The Italians called it ‘La Rimonta del Secolo’, ‘the comeback of the century’ and describe if as one of Pantini’s most memorable efforts.

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bikeSo that is what Bianchi is commemorating here in 2019’s limited edition Pantani replica frameset, with its Santuario di Oropa 20th anniversary logo on the fork, painted in Bianchi’s Treviglio, Italy HQ. The bike under that retro black and gold (& celeste) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi livery is Bianchi’s premium modern, lightweight carbon road bike – the Specialissima CV.

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bikeThe Specialissima Pantani Oropa frame featured Bianchi’s Countervail carbon composite that promised to eliminate 80% of the road buzz before it gets to the rider. Even with that fancy carbon tech, it still claims frame weight of just 780g.

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bike

The modern lightweight race bike features a 1.25″ tapered full carbon steerer, a press fit BB86 bottom bracket, and a round 27.2mm seatpost. The Specialissima is available in a seven size range (47-61cm).

This complete build gets an appropriately modern & Italian mechanical Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed gruppo, Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels & Vittoria Corsa tires, with FSA K-Force finishing kit.

Specialissima Pantani Oropa – Pricing & Availability

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Pantani Oropa limited edition modern carbon replica road race climber's bikeBianchi hasn’t yet announced how many of the limited edition Specialissima Pantani Oropa will be produced or if it will be available globally. (Get in touch with your local dealer if you need one.) Going on the basis of the last Marco Pantani 20th limited edition replica version of the Bianchi Specialissima, we expect this one to also retail for approximately 4700€ for the frame & fork. A complete bike build like this with Campy Super Record 12-speed would bring the bike to around 10,500€. We doubt a reissue of that Il Pirata Selle Italia Flite Ti will be making a comeback.

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Matt
Matt
3 years ago

Is this the equivalent of Trek doing a Postal Services paint scheme and naming it after Lance Armstrong in honor of him winning 7 TdFs?

Velofreak
Velofreak
3 years ago
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Sotrue
Sotrue
3 years ago
Reply to  Velofreak

So many hearts

JNH
JNH
3 years ago

You’ve got wonder why Bianchi are commemorating a result that was scratched off the board in race Marco was thrown out of. But then maybe this is their way of giving the finger to whoever took that fateful blood test that may or may not have been rigged, sell a few bikes to the mega fans while they’re at it.

roadstain
3 years ago
Reply to  JNH

Were you even alive and racing at the time? There was this rampant terrible human who was a cheat…Lance something…EVERYONE was on something, All of them (us). Best I can tell the last ‘clean’ rider was Greg LeMond. Heck, even ‘clean’ cyclists today claim to have ‘exercise induced asthma’ and cruise around with inhalers (note: that is called a VO2 Max, not asthma).

That bike however is awesome. As was the namesake.

JNH
JNH
3 years ago
Reply to  roadstain

I certainly was racing junior XC at the time, thanks for making me feel old. Everyone cheating doesn’t make it ok, there’s a reason I gave up following road racing. Pantani’s story is particularly sad because he never got enjoy his enforced retirement, but his life is a cautionary tale, not something to looked upon with nostalgia.

roadstain
3 years ago
Reply to  JNH

You should check out the Pantani video on Amazon – very good watch.

Having had met Mario many times…and others with the struggle of stardom, and fleeting into oblivion – Marko (IMO) did nothing that just about every other person was doing at the time….but, ended up at the other side of a scope held by LA. Heck, even GL was accused of doping by LA (look what Trek did as a ‘favor’) – but, well now I feeling super old.

SoCo
SoCo
3 years ago

Those celeste bikes of the late 90s dont hold a candle to todays bikes but they punched well above their price tag (read colnagos and merlins) when compared to other bikes of the day. I miss them but I miss them less than 10k.

silverlining
silverlining
3 years ago

Cue the low T virtue signal whining.

Pancho
Pancho
3 years ago

Whatever, it looks fab

mudrook
mudrook
3 years ago

Italian bike culture celebrates cheaters while everyone else hates Armstrong, and Ullrich, and Riis.

roadstain
3 years ago
Reply to  mudrook

I do not think that it is the ‘doping’ that gets LA. Vindictively going after, destroying careers, lives, business and reputations of others is what is beyond reproach…I do wonder what would happen if GL and LA were in the same room…..

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago

pretty soon it’ll be “he shall not be named”…

I’m with Pancho

paul howell
paul howell
3 years ago

bikes or sponsors have nothing to do with dopers!!!! it is like having a go at oakley or giro helmets

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