In the beginning….
Maurizio Fondriest was born in Cles, Trentino. Fondriest turned professional in 1987 and collected countless successes during his career. In 1988, at the age of 23, Fondriest won the World Cycling Championships as well as stages in the Tour de Suisse and Tirreno–Adriatico. In 1991, riding for Panasonic, he won the UCI Road World Cup and then In 1993, riding for the Lampre team, he won Milan–San Remo, La Flèche Wallonne, the Züri-Metzgete, the Giro dell'Emilia, the general classification and two stages of Tirreno–Adriatico, three stages and the general classification of the Grand Prix du Midi Libre, a stage in the Giro d'Italia and the overall World Cup. He had another successful season with Lampre in 1995: in that year, he won a stage in the Giro d'Italia and came in second in many other races (the Tirreno–Adriatico general classification, Milan–San Remo, Gent–Wevelgem, La Flèche Wallonne, and a stage in the Giro d'Italia).
The birth of an Italian iconic brand….
Maurizio retired in 1998 after riding for Cofidis for three years, and turned to manufacturing bicycles under the brand name Fondriest. Although a back injury forced him into early retirement in 1999, Maurizio is still active today. Living in Cles, with his wife Ornella and their two daughters, Maurizio still rides 5,000 miles a year.
To this day, Maurizio Fondriest has remained a great fan of cycling but the life of a great champion needs to carry on into the future and therefore Maurizio now transfers all his advice and experience to numerous up-and coming young cyclists through his extraordinary example.
Ever since he started putting his name on the first frames, he realized that every single detail of the bicycle would have to reflect his personality and professionalism. Careful and meticulous about the technical aspect of bicycles, Fondriest set his focus on the search for the “perfect” geometry. Using his vast experience as a rider, he began to design bicycles with rider ergonomics as the basis of form. This is the philosophy that Maurizio Fondriest looks for and final achieves in every one of his bicycles.
Sponsorship and accolades….
Over the past years, Fondriest focused on the high-end road racing scene, starting with supplying bikes to the Roslotto squad (of which he was a member) and quickly forged a reputation for building high-quality frames.The Italian then went northwest, sponsoring Division II team Palmans in 1999. And for the 2000 season, Fondriest began to supply riders from French outfit Cofidis. That team had a star-studded line-up that included Lance Armstrong, Tony Rominger, Bobby Julich and Kevin Livingston, and the popularity of Fondriest's frames grew several fold - especially when Julich launched himself onto the Paris podium after his incredible ride at the 1998 Tour de France. Fondriest renewed his association with one of his former teams by kitting out the riders from Team Lampre at the start of the 2000 season. Lampre's biggest wins while riding Fondriest bikes have been Gilberto Simoni's victory in the 2001 Giro d'Italia, and Raimondas Rumsas' third place overall in the Tour de France..
In 2001, Fondriest began producing carbon-fibre frames in conjunction with the Minardi F1 team technicians in Imola Italy. Today, Fondriest Bicycles are manufactured in Cavarzere, Italy, at the Esperia Factory.