How to identify a Colnago Roger de Vlaeminck

Colnago Roger de Vlaeminck bike
Colnago Roger de Vlaeminck (circa 1981).
Image courtesy of speedbicycles.ch

The Colnago Roger de Vlaeminck bicycle is actually a Colnago Super with special Roger de Vlaeminck symbols in the frame as well as custom decals and a selection of high-end components. Here is a photo of the bike in an old Colnago brochure circa 1982.

Colnago 1982 rdv catalogue page
Early 1980’s Colnago catalogue page.

Who is Roger de Vlaeminck?

Roger de Vlaeminck competed as a professional cyclist from 1969 to 1984. Overall he recorded 525 victories throughout his career including one stage of the Tour de France, 22 stages of the Giro d’Italia (including winning the points jersey 3 times) as well as a stage win in the Vuelta a España. He is one of only three riders to have won all five ‘Monuments of Cycling’ (i.e., Milan–San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the Giro di Lombardia).

Before you start with the identification process, you should start here;
How to identify a Colnago vintage bike.

Features of a Colnago Roger de Vlaeminck.

This bike in the following images appears to be an original even though the decals do not match those shown in the brochure. Essentially this model would have shared all the features of an early 1980’s Colnago Super. Here is help on how to identify a Colnago Super.

As for the components included with this bike, I would presume they were top of the range Campagnolo Super Record & Nuovo Record. As you can see in the catalogue, the chain rings were pantographed with Roger’s full name and initials. Based on the brochure it looks like this bike was released to celebrate one of his four Paris-Roubaix victories (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977).

These images highlight the features that would identify this model.
Images courtesy of speedbicycles.ch

Colnago Literature.

The following websites have a large selection scanned Colnago literature including reviews, catalogues and brochures.

bulgier.net
2velo.com

Article References.

I hope you found this article interesting. I have listed the following website pages as general references.

speedbicycles.ch
en.wikipedia.org

Disclaimer!

Please remember that this information is only to be used as a guide.
I consider myself an enthusiast, not an expert. The information I have presented in this article is based on my many hours of online research.

In addition, there will always be frames that don’t quite match the characteristics of a particular model as they could have been a custom build, prototype etc. Note: forks can also be swapped between different frames.

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