Here he is, wearing his favorite jersey from the GBC team. Franco Cortinovis, professional rider between the late 60s and early 70s. Italian Junior champion in 1968 and winner of a Giro d’Italia stage in 1969, he also participated in most of the classic races during 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 early 70s, and has now been carefully restored. Mr. Franco raced with this bike until 1975. His name is engraved on the stem, together with the signature “Joker” logo of his mechanic in mid 70’s, Mr. Maffioletti. Parts are all original.