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Officina Battaglin Launches New Limited-Edition Steel Frameset
Officina Battaglin launches a new limited-edition steel frameset celebrating the return of the Verona Arena in the final stage of the Giro.

Officina Battaglin, the brand founded and managed by the 1981 Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin​, has launched a new limited-edition steel frameset, ​Arena 1981​.

Arena 1981​ ​is a lugged steel frameset handmade in the Battaglin workshop​, celebrating the return of the ​Verona Arena ​in the final stage of the Giro d’Italia 2019.

In 1981, for the first time, the Giro d’Italia completed right inside the Roman amphitheater, and Giovanni Battaglin became the first cyclist to win the Pink Race in the ancient stadium.

The Verona Arena, the place where he was crowned champion, holds a special place in his heart.

For this reason, he decided to launch this unique frameset, designed with the discerning collector in mind, that will be produced in a very limited run of ​38 pieces​.

As the Collezione Speciale launched 2 years ago, ​the Arena 1981 is part of Giovanni Battaglin’s steel framesets personal collection​ celebrating the milestones of his career.

Each frame will come with a Certificate of Authenticity and will be ​custom made to the owner’s measurements​, after an individual sizing consultation with Giovanni Battaglin.

As a special bonus, ​each owner will receive a magnum bottle of Astoria wine​, the same bottle that will be awarded to each stage winner during the Giro 2019.

The Giro and the Verona Arena - how Giovanni Battaglin became the first cyclist to win the pink race inside the Roman amphitheater

In ancient Rome, people would gather in large amphitheaters to see blood sports.

Inside huge open-air stone venues, well-trained combatants would fight to the death surrounded by a loud crowd.

They would fight not only for freedom but also for fame and glory. Some of them would become popular heroes.

The Verona Arena, in the North-East of Italy, was one of those amphitheaters that would host gladiator fights.

After the falling of the Roman Empire and throughout history, it was used for a variety of purposes - as a hiding place, as a confinement site, and for operas and ballets in more recent years.

But on 7 June 1981, another battle was fought inside the ancient amphitheater of Verona.
This time not with swords or spears.

This time it was a battle between the best cyclists of the world, that would challenge each other in a race against the clock.

It was the final stage of the 1981 Giro d’Italia, a 42-km individual time trial with the finish line inside the Arena.

Giovanni Battaglin was wearing the Pink Jersey. He had taken it the stage before, climbing the brutal ascent of the 3 Cime di Lavaredo.

With the two main contenders Prim and Saronni less than a minute behind him in the General Classification, the race was nowhere near decided.

The final stage was uncertain until Giovanni Battaglin rolled into the Arena.

As soon as he entered through the stone arches and crossed the finish line, with more than 15.000 people chanting ​“Gio-van-ni! Gio-van-ni!”​, he realized he had just begun the 1981 Giro champion.

That’s how ​Giovanni Battaglin became the first cyclist to win the Pink Race inside the Verona Arena​.

Arena 1981’s top features:
Columbus SL tubing

The Arena 1981 is built from the Columbus SL tubing.

For a frame that celebrates Giovanni Battaglin’s legendary career, choosing the best Italian tubing manufacturer was a must.

The skinny look of the SL tubeset brings to mind the best steel racing bikes from the 80s, while the high-quality Italian steel provides the comfort that makes for an inimitable ride feel.

Chrome-plated lugs
Like the most beautiful classic Italian framesets, the Arena 1981 is embellished by shiny chrome lugs.

The chrome-plated steel magnifies the beauty of lugged construction and creates the distinct Italian look that all cycling connoisseurs recognize.

Iconic pink cromovelato finish
For a special occasion, you need a special dress.

And that’s why the Arena 1981 frame is “dressed” with the most mesmerizing finish an Italian steel frame can get, the cromovelato.

The cromovelato process consists of polishing the raw frame to a mirror finish, chrome-plating it, and then painting it with colored lacquer.

The pink cromovelato gives the Arena 1981 the signature Italian sparkle, that will put the wow into your casual rides.

Engraved steel plaque
Each frame will have a steel plaque brazed to the top tube, hand-engraved with the “Arena 1981” inscription and the progressive number.

It’s the final touch of a complex building process, that will make it a unique piece of fine craftsmanship increasing its value over the years.

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