Cycling luminaries gathered at the Rossano Cathedral in Italy late last month to celebrate the life of Lino Gastaldello, the president of the Wilier bike brand.
Gastaldello died January 23rd after being hit by a car while on a bike ride. He was 71.
Gianni Bugno, Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni were among the mourners who overfilled the cathedral.
Gastaldello was known and loved not only for helping to reestablish the historic bike brand but as a craftsman and innovator, who loved and supported the sport of cycling and professional racing.
The Wilier Triestina bicycle company dates to 1906. The name Wilier is an acronym for W l’Italia LIberata ERedenta — “Long live Italy, liberated and redeemed;” in 1945 “Triestina” was added to the team name to support the city of Trieste, which was occupied by Germany during World War II, liberated by the Allies and then briefly controlled by Yugoslavia.