The Italian region of Veneto has been home to memorable moments in cycling.
As a land with a rich cycling heritage, the Veneto region is also where Giovanni Battaglin, one of the greatest cyclists of all time, was born and raised.
Giovanni Battaglin 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.
He 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 to 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 over the years, and Battaglin quickly became one of the most important Italian manufacturers in the field. The focus on the research and development of new technologies was the real strength of the company, allowing them to keep responding to modern challenges and launching a lot of successful models:” S. Remo”, “Mirage”, “Arena”,”Magnum” , which testified for Battaglin’s total focus on carbon properties applied to cycling, in order to build the lightest frames with a unique Italian style.