Could Boule D'Or have marketed these bikes through it's chain of tobacconists, the way other cigarette companies sell jackets and coolers?
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> Ray wrote about the auction
> "The seller has got the wrong year. In 1980 Freddy Maertens rode for
> Giacomo-Mobilli-no I haven't heard of them either- and had one minor
> victory in Italy. It was 1981 when he signed for Boule D'Or Colnago ( I
> think he also had Sunair on the jersey)and won his second world title.
> Now call me a cynic but there is no way Colnago would sponser a team and
> not have his name on the bikes. I have found two photos from 81/82 and
> Freddy is riding a bog standard blue and white Colnago. It's got me
> I have found a photo from 1980 where the Boule d'Or team did in fact
> ride Boule d'or marked bikes. Maertens was indeed not part of the team
> that year. In 1981, the team had different jerseys when they raced in
> France and when they raced in Belgium, so they may also have had
> differently sprayed bikes. Not likely, but you never know. In France the
> jerseys said Colnago in big letters whereas in Belgium they only had the
> Colnago shoulder markings.
> By the way, Colnago sponsored teams that raced bikes under the namer
> Colner (COLnago ERnesto), Saronni and Rauler (RAUL and ERnesto), so it
> is in no way odd that Colnago would supply bikes to a team without them
> being overtly Colnago bikes if the co-sponsor made it worthwhile for him
> and the bike had the necessary call-outs. The auction bike does have
> just such a call-out, with the Colnago clubs.
> Steven Maasland
> Moorestown, NJ