Last week I made my annual visit to Liquigas-sponsor and Cannondale partner Mavic. We did the usual contract details, material requests and questions... all after a very nice French lunch! Ivan Basso joined in the trip, as Mavic had organized a "day of champions" presentation to their staff with a number of guests also from the mtb and tri worlds.
Part of this included a nice presentation of the company's history projected onto a wall. From this, I was greeted by the usual ball-busting by mechanic-to-the-stars Archetti and Mario Scirea, when this photo came up... "Hey Masini, that's you!"
In fact, it was Antonin Magne, the first winner of the Tour de France on an alloy (Mavic-made) rim. From Mavic's site - "In the 1934 Tour de France, Antonin Magne tested these new rims in the utmost secrecy–they were banned by the rules, and so were painted in wood colors. Antonin Magne won the yellow jersey."