Searching for any Italian triumph in 1977 is almost always overshadowed by Francesco Moser's UCI world championship victory in San Cristobal, Venezuela. While Moser would take world colours with his win in late September, he did not achieve home glory earlier in June. That honour would go to former Italian national champion, of 1973 and 1974, Enrico Paolini of the SCIC team.
Paolini's national victory took place on the 26th June at Sorrento (Campania). There he would best the likes of Moser and Bergamo over the 267km course. As a result, from June onwards, Paolini would have the honour of wearing the Maglia Tricolore. Moreover, Paolini's race bike would be engraved with the Italian national colours to denote his status. At the 1977 Moorslede Criterium, the night of Flanders, Paolini can be seen pictured in national colours alongside the likes of Eddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens, Michel Pollentier and eventual race winner Marc Demeyer.
Paolini would have the honour of wearing the Maglia Tricolore for the rest of the 1977 season in to the 1978 season. However, the SCIC team would switch from Colnago bicycles to Bottecchia in 1978 with Giuseppe Saronni going on to become the dominant force of the team.
Pantani Brothers are very fortunate to be able to care for Enrico Paolini's 1977 team SCIC Colnago Super. The bicycle was definitely used after the national championships (and most likely before without the national colour pantographing) as the brake levers and seat post both retain the Maglia Tricolore. It is most likely Enrico used the bike at the Moorslede Criterium, pictured above, and for the remaining races of the 1977 season. No rider would bear the national colours with such ornate detail unless they had won the right to display them.
During his career, Paolini would take victory at seven Giro d'Italia stages from 1970 through to 1978. His ten year career was spent with complete devotion to the SCIC team. Paolini and SCIC both formed in 1969 and retired in 1979.
Ten years of SCIC can only be remembered in line with ten years of Paolini.
While Paolini's 1977 bike is not directly for sale at this time, Pantani Brothers welcome any enquiries regarding a possible sale. Please contact us directly for more information. You can read more about the SCIC team and check out their museum here: