Maurizio Fondriest announced his arrival on the world stage of professional cycling in Ronse, Belgium when he won a gold medal at the 1988 Road World Championships. He followed that with two World Cups, one La Classicissima (Milan—San Remo), Flèche Wallonne, Championship of Zurich, and more than 60 other victories during his 12 years in pro peloton.
He retired from racing in 1998 and founded a bicycle manufacturing company — Fondriest Bici. The frames produced by Maurizio’s company gained immediate success among cyclists all over the world. Fondriest bikes became known for thoughtful geometries, refined craftsmanship and discrete paintwork.
In 2006 Fondriest Bici joined Cicli Esperia group to boost the development of high-performance bicycles for professional and enthusiasts’ markets.
To this day, Maurizio Fondriest’s involvement in R&D of the frames that bear his name is hands-on. His fascination with fine-tuning of bike geometries is legendary. Careful and meticulous about technical elements that make or break a good bike frame, Maurizio’s input into development process inspires the entire team to produce remarkable bikes that satisfy the most discriminating cyclists.