1971: a good Italian year for Gosta Pettersson!
Love is this beautiful Ferretti blue from the Italian team's 1970 De Rosa replica team bike. This is the color I'll try to match for my upcoming Marinoni restoration.
An amazing specimen of a simpler racing bicycle with a setup now refer to as... retro: Columbus steel frame, Campagnolo Nuovo Record gruppo, 3ttt bar/stem, Maillard Dural 6-speed freewheel, Regina Record Chain, Unicanitor saddle, & Mavic Monthlery Route tubular rims.
Ferretti ('69-'73) was a Italian kitchen equipment manufacturer just like it's famous brother's Salvarani and SCIC that also fielded successful cycling teams in the 60s & 70s. The stars of the team were the Swedish famous four for winning three successive team time trial world championship titles; the Pettersson brothers. Erik, Gosta, Sture and Tomas were signed in 1970. Gosta stepped into his familiar dominating style by shocking the experienced pros by winning the final time trial in the Tour de Romandie, moving him from fourth to first. In the Giro, he finished in sixth, nine minutes behind the winner Eddy Merckx. Then came the Tour, and he carried his strong form to finish in third overall behind Zoetemelk and the winner Merckx.
In 1971 he was second in Paris-Nice behind Merckx. And, next was the main target for the team, the Giro now looking favorable because Merckx wasn't riding. The high mountains was challenging enough as Pettersson found out. His team was inexperienced and he was mostly left alone in the high mountains. He won the leaders jersey from stage 18 onwards to the finish in the Vigorello velodrome in Milan on June 10th 1971. Gosta Pettersson became a professional at the late age of 29 years old but became Sweden's first and only Grand Tour victor!
I'm in love...
1970 De Rosa Ferretti