We’re almost there, Saturday April 20th, 2024, with a double appointment (vernissage at 11.30 am and presentation of the book by Beppe Conti at 3.30 pm) will be the big day for the official opening of the Ghisallo wear Yellowhibition, the homage that the Fondazione Museo del Ciclismo Madonna del Ghisallo of Magreglio wanted to make for this extraordinary start of the Tour de France from Italy. A restart also for the history of the Grande Boucle, which lives again in the home of the cyclists, thanks to the contribution of many fans and institutions that do not forget and continue the story of cycling history. With a team!

The Ghisallo Cycling Museum in Magreglio, in the province of Como, has prepared a large exhibition for the Tour de France On Saturday April 20th, the morning will be dedicated to the absolute premiere of an Expo Grande Boucle, as the French say. At 11.30 am, the veil will be removed in the halls dedicated to temporary exhibitions to a large retrospective from the first edition in 1903, which will line up in an almost cinematographic narrative, an impressive series of memorabilia that have made the history of the Tour de France, which this year will start from Italy for the first time.

The Grand Departure of the Tour unleashed the passion for memorabilia that is in the DNA of the Ghisallo Cycling Museum and dyed it yellow. ‘Ghisallo wears Yellow’ is the title of the exhibition designed by Carola Gentilini, director of the Museum, who was able to count on the collaboration of Beppe Conti, historical cycling signature and voice of Raisport. For the cycling event of the summer, starting in Florence on June 29th, then Rimini, Cesenatico, Bologna, Piacenza, Turin and Pinerolo, the first three stages on Italian soil, the Ghisallo Cycling Museum is inaugurating a large retrospective dedicated to the Tour that tells the story and the myth of the Grande Boucle with a rich temporary exhibition.

The exhibition is enriched by a series of historical bicycles, on loan from the Bolgè collection, representing iconic brands of bicycle manufacturers, which were also the first teams to participate in the Tour. These included the Automoto, a brand dear to Bottecchia, the Alcyon brand used by Nicolas Frantz in ’27 and ’28 to win two editions, and a Peugeot already a brand in vogue for the victories of Thys in ’13 and ’14 and then Lambot in ’22.

Yellow light will then shine on the most classic of mythical tris: Bartali’s bicycle from 1948, from the Ghisallo Cycling Museum collection, Coppi’s bicycle on loan from Bruno Carraro, and Magni’s Wilier triestina (which won Flanders in ’49, but was probably also used for the Tour de France). The Cannibal Eddy Merckx is the protagonist with bikes and jerseys from the Faema and Molteni periods, all from the Ghisallo Cycling Museum Collection. From Pinarello, an exceptional trio takes us into modern cycling with Chris Froome’s Dogma F8, a bike that has made an important mark on the development of Performance products with the increasingly active collaboration of Team SKY alongside the company’s engineers. The second bike is the Dogma F12 of Egan Bernal, victorious in the Ineos jersey. The third is the Pinarello of Jan Ullrich (winner of the 1997 Tour, second behind Pantani in 1998), already donated by the champion to the museum. A friendship that proved invaluable, so much so that the champion immediately accepted the invitation to be present for the opening day.

Also on display is a team bike of Marco Pantani. Then three Colnago bikes: the Colnago Prototype Tour de France 2022 used by Tadej Pogacar, the Colnago TT1 used by Spanish UAE team rider Marc Soler during the 2022 edition and the Colnago V3Rs Tour de France limited edition, the official bike of the Grande Boucle. An emotional focus also with Fabio Casartelli: with his spare bicycle on the tour of the misfortune that took the great Olympic champion away from us.

The jerseys have always been the Museum’s forte. Especially the pink ones, with the world’s largest collection in collaboration with RCS Sport La Gazzetta dello Sport. This year there will be healthy competition from the Tour Jerseys: there are 40 jerseys, including yellow, polka dot, white and green ones. Also on display are some replica jerseys of historical teams, corresponding to ‘heroic’ bicycles: Alcyon, Peugeot, Automoto and Francoise. Among the top yellow jerseys there will be those of Coppi, Bartali, Magni, Merckx, Hinault, Indurain, Nibali, Chiappucci, Pantani, Froome, Contador, Vinveegard, Pogacar.

The Tour’s centenary Skoda Trophy will also be on display. In short, an endless exhibition of objects, bicycles, jerseys, photographs and memorabilia belonging to cycling’s greatest champions. An exhibition that aims to enhance the objects related to the French race in the Museum’s permanent collection, but at the same time is enhanced by important loans and collaborations with private collectors and other important Italian and foreign museums in the world of cycling, including the Gino Bartali Museum of Cycling in Florence, Spazio Pantani, Pirelli Foundation, the newly established Ottavio Bottecchia House Museum, the Koers Museum in Roselaire (Belgium), and the Musée du Vélo of Switzerland.

The exhibition will first and foremost celebrate our heroes who have won the French race over time, Ottavio Bottecchia exactly one hundred years ago (in 1924 and ’25), Bartali and Coppi, Nencini and Gimondi, Pantani and Nibali, but also those who, while not winning, were protagonists, as well as the legendary foreign champions headed by Eddy Merckx and including many other personalities, from the “giants of the road” of the early twentieth century up to Hinault, Indurain, Anquetil, arriving at Pogačar and Vingegaard, the current great interpreters of the most important challenge in cycling.

On Saturday, April 20th, in the afternoon, the presentation of the book “Il Giallo del Tour,” published by Minerva, with author Beppe Conti, will thrill us with “stories and champions of the Tour de France.” The Ghisallo wears Yelllow exhibition will come alive with words and memories thanks to the mine of anecdotes by Beppe Conti, an established historian and writer, as well as a Raisport narrator, who will take us even further inside the triumphs and tragedies, secrets and mysteries of the world’s most important race from 1903 to the present day.

The exhibition is made possible thanks to the support of BCC Brianza Laghi, Ambrogio Molteni Foundation, SAL Milano, Gruppo Cimbali – Mumac (Museum of the Coffee Machine, Trafilspec ITS and the cycling clubs Bindella, Ciclistica Erbese, Pedale Lecchese. Under the patronage of the Municipality of Magreglio, Municipality of Bellagio, Lake Como GAL – OltreLario, Mountain Community Triangolo Lariano, Lake Como – A Unique World.