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SPECIALIZED E5 World Champion – authentic bike of Mario CIPOLLINI (Domina Vacanze 2003) – SOLD

Mario Cipollini (born 22 March 1967), often abbreviated to “Cipo“, is a retired Italian professional road cyclist most noted for his sprinting ability, the longevity of his dominance (his first pro win came in 1988, his last in 2005; 170 professional wins, 192 including criteriums), and his colourful personality. His nicknames include The Lion King and Super Mario. He is regarded as having been the best sprinter of his generation. His career highlights include the Road World Championships and Milan–San Remo in 2002, and 42 stages in the Giro d’Italia. He also won 12 stages in the Tour de France and three stages in the Vuelta a España.

MarioCipollini was born in San Giusto di Compito, surrounded by the mountains of Capannori south of Lucca, Tuscany. He came from a cycling family – his father, Vivaldo, had been a successful amateur racer in his youth, whilst his brother Cesare had raced as a professional and his sister Tiziana had also competed as a cyclist. Mario was a prolific winner in his youth career, scoring a total of 125 victories at amateur races before joining the professional peloton in 1989.


Mario Cipollini back in 1997


In the 1999 Tour de France, he led the peloton on the fastest stage in the history of the Tour, averaging more than 50 km/h over 194.5 km. In the same Tour, he won 4 stages in a row, setting the post-World War II record for consecutive stage wins. He has also found success in Belgium, winning Gent–Wevelgem in 1992, 1993 and 2002.

At the peak of his career, Cipollini’s speed was unrivaled, and he is credited with being the first rider with a sprint train. The train kept the pace high in the closing kilometers, to dissuade opposing riders from attacking and to ensure that in the final 200–300 meters, Cipollini was winning easily. This changed the way teams approached mass sprints and bred a new generation of sprinters, such as fellow Italian Alessandro Petacchi.

The beginning of 2002 saw Cipollini win Milan–San Remo with his new Acqua-Sapone team, and later Gent–Wevelgem. After missing the invitation to Tour de France that year, he decided to retire immediately. Italian national coach Franco Ballerini convinced him to return to competition, and built the Italian national team around Cipollini for the 2002 UCI Road World Championships. Cipollini won the rainbow jersey in a sprint finish in Zolder, Belgium.


M.Cipollini - WC Zolder 2002

M.Cipollini – WC Zolder 2002


In the 2003 Giro d’Italia, Cipollini focused on Alfredo Binda’s record 41 Giro stage wins while in the world champion’s jersey. His attempt was almost derailed by Alessandro Petacchi of the Fassa Bortolo team. After many failed attempts, he finally broke the record, although he had to abandon the next stage due to injuries in a crash on a rain-soaked finish. He said that the crash ended his career. His team, Domina Vacanze-Elitron, was left out of the Tour de France that year, prompting a comment from Cipollini that the organisers disrespected the rainbow jersey.


Mario Cipollini on Specialized E5 WC

Mario Cipollini on Specialized E5 WC


Here we are proudly offering an iconic racing machine – SPECIALIZED E5 World Champion, authentic bike of Italian king of the sprints Mario Cipollini from 2003 when he rode for Domina Vacanze Team. The bike is shinning in original paint job with original set-up. No much words needed.

Museum piece.



Frame & Fork: SPECIALIZED E5 World Champion (engraved “Cipollini” under the bb)


– seat tube (c-t): 59 cm

– top tube (c-c): 58.2 cm

– headset tube: 16 cm

– standover: 81.3 cm

Wheelset: Mavic Cosmic Carbone SSC

Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace 7700 (53/42, 175mm)

Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Levers:  Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Saddle: Super Mario

Stem: 3T (130 mm)

Handlebar: 3T

Pedals: LOOK



Condition: Used, but good condition. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Original paint, original setup. All parts are working fine.

Year: 2003

PRICE: SOLD (January 2024)