from a legendary grand-tour double to a bike workshop: the battaglin LEGACY
Giovanni Battaglin is a professional cyclist who made history by winning the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana in the same year, the only Italian cyclist capable of achieving such a feat.
Giovanni Battaglin turned professional in 1973, debuting in his first Giro d’Italia among champions as Merckx ,Gimondi, Fuente, and taking an impressive 3rd place.
During his long career, he won 84 races. He took part in 10 Tours of Italy, 5 Tour de France and 8 World Championships.
In 1981, he achieved the top of his cycling career by winning the Vuelta and the Giro D’Italia.
The eponymous bike brand was born right after his most important result.
Everything started in a little workshop in Marostica, with the help of Giovanni’s most trusted mechanic.
In winter 1981 they showed the world their first prototypes, which beared the name of their creator's most prestigious victories, namely the “Giro” and the “Vuelta”.
The two models received excited responses and positive feedback when they were presented at all the most important cycling exhibitions.
The company's partners included some of the most important Italian and international brands, who shared Giovanni’s vision and decided to give him their total support.
Soon after many athletes started to use Battaglin’s bicycles, but the real consecration came in 1987, when Stephen Roche won the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the World Championship riding a Battaglin bike.
Business grew quickly, and Battaglin became one of the most important Italian manufacturers in the field.
The company started experimenting with new and lighter materials: first aluminum, then carbon.
Then, in 2014, a new collection was born.
With the major brands outsourcing the production of carbon frames in South East Asia, Giovanni decided to go against the tide.
He wanted to go back to brazing steel frames, just like he used to do in the late 80s and 90s before aluminium and carbon became the de facto standard for bicycle production.
That’s how the Officina Battaglin brand was born, a collection of road frames handcrafted in Italy under Giovanni’s supervision and using the original process, machinery and craftsmen.
With the Officina Battaglin steel frames, Giovanni Battaglin is reviving his legacy, being the only Italian steel maker to have significant experience with steel in the peloton.