Bianchi Specialissima (Marco Pantani Edition)

Bianchi released Marco Pantani edition “Specialissima”, a special bike to celebrate 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s Giro-Tour double. The bike has the iconic celeste-yellow fade paint job, the same color schema of Pantani’s 1998 Bianchi. In 1998, after winning the Giro d’Italia, Pantani rode the yellow and celeste Bianchi Mega Pro XL (serial number H 314-74) in the famous July 27 Grenoble—Le Duex Alpes stage of the 1998 Tour de France. He attacked Jan Ullrich on the Galibier climb and won the stage, taking the race lead. He went on to win the Tour in Paris ahead of 2nd finisher Ullrich and 3rd Bobby Julich.

This was a feat only achieved by seven riders in history: Fausto Coppi (1949, 1952), Jacques Anquetil (1964), Eddy Merckx (1970, 1972, 1974), Bernard Hinault (1982, 1985), Stephen Roche (1987), Miguel Indurain (1992, 1993) and Marco Pantani (1998).

Marco Pantani attacks on Jan Ullrich
Marco Pantani attacks on Jan Ullrich on Col du Galibier, Tour de France 1998

There is an important difference between two bikes: Pantani’s 1998 Mega Pro XL was made with light aluminium, but the new 2018 Specialissima is full carbon. The frame, which also features Bianchi’s ‘Countervail’ vibration cancelling technology, is only 780 grams.

The new bike is equipped with a Campagnolo Super Record mechanical groupset, Bora Ultra 35 tubular wheels and a gold FSA K-Force carbon stem – very light components to compliment the frame.

Bianchi Specialissima 2018 Pantani Edition
In the Summer of 1998, Marco Pantani and Bianchi put in some of the most epic stage race performances of all time to take outstanding wins at both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. It’s a feat that only seven riders have ever achieved and that confirmed Il Pirata’s place in cycling history and Italian culture.
To honour the 20th anniversary of Pantani’s spectacular Giro-Tour double, Bianchi has created a 2018 very special commemorative edition of the world-renowned Specialissima ultralight frame and fork.

The historic edition of the Bianchi Specialissima is exquisitely finished in exactly the same livery as the 1998 Bianchi MegaPro XL ridden by Il Pirata on his incredible double achievement. The frame and fork are meticulously hand painted in Italy by dedicated artisans. Even the famous Bianchi eagle head badge on the Specialissima’s head tube is a faithful recreation of the one that adorned Pantani’s double Grand Tour winning bike.

Bianchi Specialissima 2018 Pantani Edition - from up
A beauty from every angle.
Bianchi Specialissima 2018 Pantani Edition - fork
The Giro-Tour double, a feat only achieved by seven riders in history. Since Pantani, no other rider managed to win these two grand tours in one season.
Bianchi Specialissima 2018 Pantani Edition - the famous Bianchi eagle head badge
The famous Bianchi eagle head badge on the Specialissima’s head tube.

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