A black swan for Damiano Cunego
March 4th, 2019
Words: Wolfgang Turainsky
What virtuous and poetic words could possibly do justice to Damiano Cunego?Perhaps “baby-faced winner of the 2004 Girod’Italia,” Cunego triumphant after a fierce battle for the lead against the world’s best teams? Or maybe “divine hero of theMadonna de Ghisallo, the famous chapel museum that tops the legendary climb, which rises skyward from the shores of Lake Como in Il Lombardia, a race that he won three times. Or “a great and humble team leader,who lifted up his finale destination, the Italian-Japanese Nippo Pro-Continental outfit? Or, “larger than life” in Japan, where he acquired super star status due to his final team sponsors and maybe just a little because of his blond hair and blue eyes.
"It’s hard for us to say because we have seen so many positive sides of Damiano in the time we’ve worked together following his well-deserved retirement from pro cycling. "
First stepFirst, we took Damiano’s eight key body measurements and entered them into our online configurator to establish a baseline for his anthropometric fit. We compared the results to his last pro race bike. Similar to nearly all pro riders, he “slammed” his handlebar stem flush with the frame. As our bikes are made-to-measure, our philosophy is to use the right stem length by placing a premium on fit without compromising riding and steering behavior. A bike with a Race profile and a very long stem may not steer as quickly and reactively as the Race profile that the spec sheet and bike description suggest. As a final result we went back to a 100 mm stem.
Second stepThe second step was to perform a dynamic fit in order to fine-tune his position based on his anthropometric baseline. A dynamic fit puts bike geometry, pedaling and riding style into context with personal characteristics. Having finished his last race, the Japan Cup, on October 21, 2018, Damiano was fresh off of racing and still training hard post-retirement. His pedaling efficiency analysis revealed that his most efficient power output resulted from a bike a bit longer than our baseline calculation, but not as extreme as his last race bike. We credit this to the fact that he trained his body during his 16-year career to perform best in his position.
What would the result
"Enough said about our bike. Granted we are a bit biased because we are proud of our bikes; we are also cycling fans who are stoked to work together with Damiano. "