Frame building icon Dario Pegoretti dies, aged 62

Dario Pegoretti, the frame building icon behind a number of noted Grand Tour riders, has died, aged 62.

A specialist in aluminium and steel frame construction, Pegoretti built under contract for cycling brands, including Bianchi and Pinarello, seeing his machines ridden to glory by the likes of Miguel Indurain, Stephen Roche, Mario Cipollini and Marco Pantani.

Pegoretti started his career under the tutelage of another Italian artisan frame builder, Luigino Milani, who later became his father in law.

Throughout his career, Pegoretti’s talent appeared on the industry’s radar mutliple times, though he opted to also create frames under his own name. He was further noted for undertaking the paintwork himself.

Frame building school The Bicycle Academy produced the below video during a 2012 visit to Pegoretti’s bustling workshop.