RIP Dr Giorgio Squinzi

andypandyp Posts: 8,084
edited 7 October in Pro race
Ciro Scognamiglio is reporting that Dr Giorgio Squinzi, the founder and owner of Mapei, has died at the age of 76.

The cycling world owes him a great debt for his long-term sponsorship of the eponymous team, but also for his commitment to anti-doping at a time when the sport was gripped with an epidemic of blood doping.

This was probably the team's finest moment.

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  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,050
    He may have been anti doping but the riders were not.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,560
    We should have a couple of pictures of the man himself:

    j5c46nKdn5hWee8BFSA6tX-650-80.jpg

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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,084
    webboo wrote:
    He may have been anti doping but the riders were not.

    This is true. But Squinzi set up the Mapei training centre with Dr Aldo Sassi, and tried to show the riders that another way was possible.
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,329
    my Dad was asking me at the worlds what exactly Mapei does. I know them from the cycling team \ training centre, but no idea what they actually do. A quick google tells me they make paint, adhesives and similar products.
  • yellowv2yellowv2 Posts: 102
    They are manufacturers of adhesives, cements and associated products for the building industry. Reportedly the largest in the world.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,560
    MAPEI is an acronym which stands for Materiali Ausiliari Per l'Edilizia e l'Industria (Auxillary Materials for Building and Industry)
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,748
    We have just built some bathrooms using Mapei grout...still gives me a tingle when I see their name.
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 911
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,748
    Fassa Bortola cement/mortar silos spotted on building sites in Italy.
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,765
    photonic69 wrote:
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.

    What seems like a good marriage?

    I remember reading an interview with the guy responsible for sponsorship at Liquigas and when he explained why they sponsored a team and what they got out of it, it made complete sense.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    iainf72 wrote:
    photonic69 wrote:
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.

    What seems like a good marriage?

    I remember reading an interview with the guy responsible for sponsorship at Liquigas and when he explained why they sponsored a team and what they got out of it, it made complete sense.

    which was?
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • LongshotLongshot Posts: 419
    iainf72 wrote:
    What seems like a good marriage?

    Tampax?
    You can fool some of the people all of the time. Concentrate on those people.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,655
    Wasn't Nivea the first non cycling related sponsor? Riders used it to soften their chamois so there was a logic.
  • fpccsimonfpccsimon Posts: 909
    iainf72 wrote:
    photonic69 wrote:
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.

    What seems like a good marriage?

    I remember reading an interview with the guy responsible for sponsorship at Liquigas and when he explained why they sponsored a team and what they got out of it, it made complete sense.

    which was?

    Brand awareness. Same as alot of advertising.

    Quickstep reported a 60% growth in customer awareness of them in questionaires taken a year after they started cycling sponsorship.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,765
    iainf72 wrote:
    photonic69 wrote:
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.

    What seems like a good marriage?

    I remember reading an interview with the guy responsible for sponsorship at Liquigas and when he explained why they sponsored a team and what they got out of it, it made complete sense.

    which was?

    It was press officer actually - But it was over 9 years ago

    https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/racing/g ... -barbieri/
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,720
    photonic69 wrote:
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.
    Industries where a guy from working class roots (who happens to love cycling) can make a buck then indulge his passion?

    Pure guess.
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 1,564
    photonic69 wrote:
    What is it with cycling teams being sponsored by building/home-fittings brands?

    Soudal (silicone sealants) /Mapei (tiling grout)/Bora (kitchen appliances)/Hansgrohe (bathroom fittings) /Quickstep (laminate flooring) etc to name but a few. Anyone think of some others?

    Just seems like an odd marriage to me.
    Wanty Groupe Gobert as well. Taken from Inrng:

    Wanty – Groupe Gobert: Wanty is a mini-conglomerate with activities ranging from quarrying to civil engineering and roadsurfacing, all united by large public works and the raw materials needed for these. Groupe Gobert supplies building materials like insulation or paving stones.
    PTP Champion 2019
  • CrampeurCrampeur Posts: 1,065
    Boels-Dolmans, Boels is a plant hire company, logos pretty much on every building site around Belgium/Netherlands.

    Belgian teams seem to love a good recuitment company sponsorship too (Addecco, Accent Jobs, Vlaanderen T Interim etc)
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,329
    think this is a big issue for the sport. The sponsor are still regional \ national sponsor at best. very few of them have any desire to race in Japan \ USA etc and some of the other places the WT goes to.

    Should the sport go global before the big sponsors are there, or wait until the sponsors are in then expand globally
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,827 Lives Here
    sherer wrote:
    think this is a big issue for the sport. The sponsor are still regional \ national sponsor at best. very few of them have any desire to race in Japan \ USA etc and some of the other places the WT goes to.

    Should the sport go global before the big sponsors are there, or wait until the sponsors are in then expand globally

    Who wants that?
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,329
    sherer wrote:
    think this is a big issue for the sport. The sponsor are still regional \ national sponsor at best. very few of them have any desire to race in Japan \ USA etc and some of the other places the WT goes to.

    Should the sport go global before the big sponsors are there, or wait until the sponsors are in then expand globally

    Who wants that?

    the current model isnt working that well, as too many teams are struggling to keep going. There needs to be more money coming into the sport, and also more of it needs to filter down to the teams.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,560
    sherer wrote:
    think this is a big issue for the sport. The sponsor are still regional \ national sponsor at best. very few of them have any desire to race in Japan \ USA etc and some of the other places the WT goes to.

    Should the sport go global before the big sponsors are there, or wait until the sponsors are in then expand globally

    Who wants that?
    People who make a living from the sport.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,827 Lives Here
    RichN95 wrote:
    sherer wrote:
    think this is a big issue for the sport. The sponsor are still regional \ national sponsor at best. very few of them have any desire to race in Japan \ USA etc and some of the other places the WT goes to.

    Should the sport go global before the big sponsors are there, or wait until the sponsors are in then expand globally

    Who wants that?
    People who make a living from the sport.

    Sure, but that we ain’t.

    The (rightful) opprobrium we gave to the joke races in Beijing, Doha, California etc shows plainly cycling is never going to work outside of Europe because the big races work in Europe and they don’t outside.

    In 30 years time we’re still gonna be talking about the Tour of Flanders, France, Italy, Spain, Lombardy and not the Tour of the states or Qinghai.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,827 Lives Here
    sherer wrote:
    sherer wrote:
    think this is a big issue for the sport. The sponsor are still regional \ national sponsor at best. very few of them have any desire to race in Japan \ USA etc and some of the other places the WT goes to.

    Should the sport go global before the big sponsors are there, or wait until the sponsors are in then expand globally

    Who wants that?

    the current model isnt working that well, as too many teams are struggling to keep going. There needs to be more money coming into the sport, and also more of it needs to filter down to the teams.

    There’s more money in the sport than there has ever been.
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