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BARTALI Corsa by Santamaria, Cervino gears, 59cm (1950-51) – SOLD

Gino Bartali (18 July 1914 – 5 May 2000), nicknamed The man of steel, Gino the Pious, Ginettaccio, was one of the biggest champions of road cycling history. He was the most renowned Italian cyclist in mid/late1930s – ealry 1950s having won the Giro d’Italia three times (1936, 1937 nad 1946), the Tour de France twice (1938 and 1948), Italian championship 4 times (1935, 1937, 1940 and 1952), Milano – San Remo 4 times (1939, 1940, 1947, 1950). His second Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.

Bartali was a good climber and a pioneer of using gears and derailleurs. His style was unusual: he rarely danced on the pedals and often stayed in the saddle throughout a 15 km climb. When others attacked, he stayed in the saddle but changed up gear, to a sprocket three teeth smaller. He rode smoothly over the mountains but every now and then freewheeled, always with his right foot lowered with his weight on it. Then a second or two later he would start pedalling again.

Gino Bartali (BARTALI Team)

Gino Bartali (BARTALI Team)

Bartali earned respect for his work in helping Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis during the time of the Italian Social Republic. It emerged in December 2010 that Bartali had hidden a Jewish family in his cellar and, according to one of the survivors, saved their lives in doing so. Bartali used his fame to carry messages and documents to the Italian Resistance. Bartali cycled from Florence through Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche, many times traveling as far afield as Assisi, all the while wearing the racing jersey emblazoned with his name. Neither the Fascist police nor the German troops risked discontent by arresting him.

Bartali’s rivalry with Fausto Coppi divided Italy. Bartali, a conservative, was venerated in the rural, agrarian from the south. While Coppi was more worldly, secular, innovative in diet and training, was a hero of the industrial north.

Biggest rivals - F.Coppi and G.Bartali

Biggest rivals – F.Coppi and G.Bartali

There are many stories about Bartali that will never be forgotten. In 1943, he led Jewish refugees towards the Swiss Alps himself. He cycled, pulling a wagon with a secret compartment, telling patrols it was just part of his training. Bartali told his son Andrea only that “One does these things and then that’s that”. Even after the war he never boasted his merits, he used to say: “The good is done, but it is not said. And certain medals hang on the soul, not on the jacket.

 

At the end of 1948, Gino Bartali left Legnano Team and decided to race with his own team, Cicli BARTALI. The racing bikes  were produced by Santamaria brothers (Cicli Fratelli Santamaria) in Novi Ligure. Bartali probably chose the factory of Santamaria brothers due to Fausto Coppi’s advice, who lived in Novi Ligure as well. Coppi was a great friend of the brothers Santamaria (the Santamaria brothers built Coppi’s racing bike in 1939 for the Giro of Piemonte, after which Legnano convinced Coppi to move to them for the 1940 Giro d’Italia. The commercial involvement between Santamaria and Bartali continued until 1955.

Bartali bike by Santamaria brothers from Novi Ligure

Bartali bikes were produced by Santamaria brothers from Novi Ligure, in years 1949-1955.

 

Bartali's TdF 1949 bike

Bartali’s TdF 1949 bike spotted at Bartali’s museum.

 

Happy to present another legendary Italian steel racing machine – BARTALI Corsa by Santamaria, which dates back to 1950-51, thanks to special vintage bike register. The frame is made of very light steel tubing (for early 1950s era) and equipped with Cervino Torino gearing system which was much better and more precise compared to Campagnolo Cambio Corsa and Campagnolo Paris Roubaix gears. Easy to recognize typical Santamaria lugs, fork crown, headbadge and decals on downtube with Gino Bartali sign on a top tube. Original Bartali marked parts spotted (crankset, leather saddle, hubs, seat clamp) as well.

A museum piece.

 

 

Frame & Fork: BARTALI Corsa by Santamaria (frame no.40756)

Size:

– seat tube (c-t): 59 cm

– top tube (c-c): 56 cm

– headset tube: 14.2 cm

– standover: 81 cm

Crankset: Bartali

Gearing system: Cervino Torino

Headset: Bartali

Brakes: Ballila

Hubs: Bartali

Rims: NiSi

Stem: Cinelli, steel

Saddle: Bartali, leather (original)

Pedals: Sheffield

Handlebar Tape: cotton, blue

Seat clamp: Bartali

 

 

Condition: Used, but very good condition. Completely restored, re-chromed and repainted. No cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are working fine.

Eraearly 1950s

Price: SOLD (November 2022)

 

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