On Saturday April 20th the Ghisallo Cycling Museum will be tinted yellow It will do so to honor the Tour de France with a major retrospective exhibition dedicated to the French stage race, which in turn honors Italy’s great cycling with the Italian start of the Tour de France 2024. Champion Jan Ullrich is expected at the vernissage with many other stars of great cycling.

The Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Museum Foundation in Magreglio opens “Ghisallo in Giallo,” an exhibition-expo-from the grand boucle that cuts the ribbon at 11:30 a.m. (admission by invitation) with Jan Ullrich and many other fans and lenders in attendance. In the afternoon, the Ghisallo Museum will open its doors to memories of the Tour with the presentation of Beppe Conti’s book (3:30 pm ).

The history of the Tour lives again in the House of Cyclists, thanks to the contributions of many fans and institutions. The exhibition draws on many important museums, lenders, and cycle-collections such as: Pirelli Foundation, Ottavio Bottecchia Museum, Gino Bartali Cycling Museum (Florence), Tino Sana Carpenter’s Museum , Spazio Pantani (Cesenatico), Koers Museum (Roselaire-Belgium), Marc-André Elsig’s Musée du Vélo (Chippis-Switzerland) and Ciclocollection – Gigi Farè’s Bicycle Museum (Riva del Garda). And it is embellished with special memorabilia thanks to the historical and cultural sensitivity of private collectors such as Natale Bolgè, Bruno Carraro, Giorgio Cimurri, Enzo Manfrè, Graziano Pellizzoni, and Famiglia Pietra – Freni Universal.

The Ghisallo Cycling Museum in Magreglio (Como) has therefore prepared a major exhibition for the Tour de France. On Saturday, April 20, the morning will be devoted to the absolute premiere of an Expo Grande Boucle, as the French put it, at 11:30 a.m. (by invitation only), when the veil is taken off in the rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions to a major retrospective from the first edition in 1903, which lines up in an almost cinematic narrative, an impressive array of memorabilia that have made the history of the Tour de France, which this year for the first time will start from Italy. Starting with the Ghisallo Museum’s central display case, considered the beating heart of the permanent exhibition, the museum will be tinged with yellow, inviting visitors to travel the length and breadth of the history of the Tour.

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 29, then Rimini, Cesenatico, Bologna, Piacenza, Turin and Pinerolo, the first three stages on Italian soil, the Ghisallo Cycling Museum is inaugurating a major retrospective dedicated to the Tour that tells the story and myth of the Grande Boucle with a very comprehensive 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. Ullrich will be present for the ribbon cutting and throughout the day.

Three Colnago bikes will be on display: 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 are the exciting ones of Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, from the Cimurri Collection, which arrived at the museum a few hours ago, and which also remind us of Giannetto Cimurri, historic masseur alongside CT Alfredo Binda for 11 editions of the Tour. And then the yellows of Magni, Merckx, Hinault, Indurain, Nibali, Chiappucci, Pantani, Froome, Contador, Vingegaard, 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 major Italian and foreign museums in the world of cycling.

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.

Numerous messages of enthusiasm are coming in from all lenders in support of this extraordinary retrospective being reviewed in the temporary exhibition hall and also spread somewhat throughout the Ghisallo Cycling Museum. Among them is a message from Nalini’s general manager, Giuseppe Bovo: “We enthusiastically continue our collaboration with the Ghisallo Cycling Museum, which began in 2023 with the unveiling of the commemorative bust dedicated to Moa Sport founder Vincenzo Mantovani. On the occasion of the valuable “Ghisallo in Giallo” exhibition, we too wanted to contribute to the celebration of the Tour de France by making Nalini yellow jerseys inspired by past victories of the Grande Boucle for the museum. In addition, we will present the capsule collection dedicated to Jan Ullrich, host of the inauguration, who won the Tour just dressed Nalini. In this regard, I want to express my esteem for the man, beyond the great champion of the past, because he was able to rise up and find his own way, thanks in part to the great passion for cycling that animates him to this day.”

It will also be a multimedia exhibition. With the official opening also begins a multi-sensory and inclusive digital project, which will also tell Ghisallo in Giallo in audio with a series of podcasts through Spotify’s platform, thanks to the voluntary contribution of many authors and writers of cycling history. The exhibition will already be accessible in both Italian and French thanks to the generous collaboration of Laurent Galinon, a French writer, screenwriter and filmmaker who is a close friend of the Ghisallo Museum.

The Ghisallo in Giallo 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.