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The Breakthrough Years (1983-1988) Part 2.

In 1986, four teams rode the Tour in Etxeondo clothing: Orbea, Fagor, Kas and Reynolds.

“Marketing has changed; back then the most important thing was to dress professional teams and win races,” says Paco Rodrigo. “Here we had everything; good riders, good companies with an interest in investing in cycling and signing big names. We had a lot of cyclists winning races, it was impossible to even keep count”. 

The Breakthrough Years (1983-1988) Part One.

“How many riders got off the bike because they couldn’t stand the friction with the saddle anymore?,” asks Pedro Delgado.

It certainly happened more often in the days of leather chamois, which were rough and creased.
With the cumulative stress of hours and days and weeks of riding, with sweat and dust, rough and bumpy roads, any imperfection in the chamois could leave a rider in severe pain.

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