Franco Cortinovis, 1968 Italian Champion Jersey (Amateur) and 1969 Giro Stage Win Bib Number

$525.00

This is a two-part lot that of Franco Cortinovis that nicely highlights two points of his career. The first is his Italian National Champion jersey he won as an amateur in 1968. Turning pro, he surprised the pro field at the 1969 Giro by taking the 198km Folloncia-Viterbo Stage 6. This was also his first victory as a professional.

The number was the actual one used at the Giro and has his handwritten inscription on the back as provenance. Unlike today, numbers during this era were expected to last the entire race. As such, vintage numbers, particularly with provenance, are becoming tough to find.

Of special note is the 1968 Italian National Championships were held in Villa d’Alme Italy, location of the Bar Augusto were we acquired this beauty.

This jersey has the look with the Italian colors, the two front pockets, three back pockets, and race number.

This jersey was purchased directly from the Augusto Gotti family and was part of the collection in the legendary Bar Augusto in Villa d’Alme, Italy.  Bar Augusto was a key host to professional and amateur cycling teams from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Size: N/A

Chest: 17 inches / 48 cm  (34 inches / 96 cm measured armpit to armpit)

Length: 28.5 in / 72.5 cm

Maker: Vittore Gianni

This jersey does have holes and some discoloration, please look carefully at the photos to determine condition.

Only 1 left in stock

Description

Franco Cortinovis and his MASI

Here he is, wearing his favorite jersey from GBC team. Franco Cortinovis, professional rider between the end of 60’s and beginning of 70’s.  Italian Junior champion in 1968 and winner of a Giro d’Italia stage in 1969. But he also participated to most of the classic races in that period, such as “Milano -Sanremo” and “Tirreno-Adriatica”.

The bike he’s holding is a Masi Gran Criterium, “made to measure” for him by master Faliero Masi in the early 70’s, and now carefully restored. Mr. Franco raced with this bike till 1975. His name is engraved on the stem, together with the signature “Joker” logo of his mechanic in mid 70’s, Mr. Maffioletti.

From Ciclicorsa Classico. – www.ciclicorasclassico.com/gallery/franco-cortinovis-masi/

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Each jersey is one of a kind, please look carefully at the photos to determine condition.

 

Additional information

Weight2 lbs