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Pope Francis ditches Dogma — Pinarello gifted by Egan Bernal put up for auction... if you've got a spare €30,000

Maybe he’s a Colnago man?

Won the lottery recently? Found €30,000 down the back of the sofa? Looking for a new bike to take you into summer? Well, Pope Francis might just be the man to call...

The Pinarello Dogma F12 gifted to the Pope by Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal following his 2021 Giro d'Italia victory has appeared on the online auction website Catawiki and is expected to go for €25,000 to €30,000.

It comes complete with a striking colour scheme based on the flag of Pope Francis' native Argentina, as well as the papal seal, his regnal name, and his birth forenames, Jorge Mario.

Pinarello Dogma F12 - Special Edition Egan Bernal x Pope Francis (Catawiki auction)

The auction is open until Sunday evening, the current top bid standing at €8,500, although the reserve price has not yet been met, and the size 53 F12 comes with Shimano Ultegra throughout, Vision wheels and Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Described as in very good condition, the Dogma is expected to fetch more than three times the current highest bid, posted by an anonymous bidder on Tuesday morning. Amusingly, the listing informs buyers there is a shipping fee of €55, with the bike to be shipped from Italy in five to 37 days.

Pinarello Dogma F12 - Special Edition Egan Bernal x Pope Francis (Catawiki auction)

As the listing explains, the Pinarello was a gift from Bernal on 16 June 2021, following his Giro success, a separate auction also underway for the signed maglia rosa that the Colombian also signed and gifted Pope Francis with a "special dedication". That auction also ends on Sunday evening, the current highest bid at €300.

Pope Francis and Egan Bernal (Catawiki auction)

"Bernal decided to give Pope Francis the pink jersey he just won and a custom Pinarello Dogma F12 bicycle, as a symbolic gesture of gratitude," the listing states. "Having grown up in a Catholic family, the Pope's blessing represents one of the most important symbols for him."

He described the meeting at the Vatican as a "unique" experience, "the most beautiful I've had in my life" and more important than winning the Tour de France or Giro d'Italia. 

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"This is a thousand times more stressful [than an important stage of a Grand Tour] because you don't know what you are going to say. You have a few words prepared, but you're very nervous. At least once we began to speak it was easier," he said afterwards.

The Ineos Grenadiers rider said that once he had presented the Pope with the bicycle and the jersey, the pair began to joke, with the Pope asking him "how many tinto" – the sugar-laced, concentrated black coffee shot found all over Colombia – he had needed to drink "to climb so strongly".

Egan Bernal and Pope Francis (picture courtesy Vatican Media)

Bernal was not the first cycling figure to present the Pope with a bike, Ernesto Colnago gifting Pope John II a gold-plated Colnago in 1979. In 2016, Peter Sagan gave Pope Francis a Specialized road bike in the Papal colours of yellow and white, which fetched €30,000 when auctioned for charity.

You can check out the Pinarello Dogma auction here, and the signed maglia rosa here.

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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belugabob | 4 months ago
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"Bicycles/cyclists have been given greater priority in recent changes to the Highway Code. With greater power comes greater responsibility."

The first bit is correct, but needs to be considered in the context of the second bit, because that is the main clarification - the hierarchy of responsibility.

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chrisonabike replied to belugabob | 4 months ago
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Actually - I'm not sure that even the first bit is correct?  See e.g. Cycling UK's handy explainer.  There was no new law...  I think the junction advice changes were simply clarifications (or possibly reminders not to cut people up or come close to driving into them).  Overtaking - ditto, just provides more explicit guidance.  Group riding - also no "rights" that weren't there before, and similar for positioning.

But if by "priority" they meant "motorists given reminders that merely failing to kill or injure people is no longer the gold standard but you are now encouraged (all guidance, recall...) not to drive like a berk, antisocially and with no margin for error" ... then yes?

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belugabob replied to chrisonabike | 4 months ago
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chrisonabike wrote:

Actually - I'm not sure that even the first bit is correct?  See e.g. Cycling UK's handy explainer.  There was no new law...  I think the junction advice changes were simply clarifications (or possibly reminders not to cut people up or come close to driving into them).  Overtaking - ditto, just provides more explicit guidance.  Group riding - also no "rights" that weren't there before, and similar for positioning.

But if by "priority" they meant "motorists given reminders that merely failing to kill or injure people is no longer the gold standard but you are now encouraged (all guidance, recall...) not to drive like a berk, antisocially and with no margin for error" ... then yes?

Well, I was being generous on the first point , and considered that cyclists have greater priority when drivers are turning left across the path of a cyclist, because somebody was bound to use any inaccuracies as ammo to dismiss the whole comment. (Extra priority when a cycle path encounters a side road, too)

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stevez123 | 4 months ago
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He actually loves the bike but it's hard to ride at speed with that BIG hat on. He's sticking with the Huffy.

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fenix replied to stevez123 | 4 months ago
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It's ok. Giro are working on the big hat problem.

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Huw Watkins | 4 months ago
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Upgrading?  Pissed off that it didn't come with Dura Ace?

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john_smith replied to Huw Watkins | 4 months ago
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I reckon God rides Campagnolo.

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Eton Rifle replied to john_smith | 4 months ago
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john_smith wrote:

I reckon God rides Campagnolo.

That would be an ecumenical matter...

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ErnieC replied to john_smith | 4 months ago
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john_smith wrote:

I reckon God rides Campagnolo.

and Colnago. 

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henryb | 4 months ago
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...something something religious dogma...

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Rendel Harris | 4 months ago
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Maybe he’s a Colnago man?

Surely his Holiness must ride a Genesis Croix de Fer?

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mark1a replied to Rendel Harris | 4 months ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

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Maybe he’s a Colnago man?

Surely his Holiness must ride a Genesis Croix de Fer?

No sense in pontificating on stuff we don't know.

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Creakingcrank replied to Rendel Harris | 4 months ago
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Even the Pope doesn't enjoy that much mass.

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marmotte27 replied to Creakingcrank | 4 months ago
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He must have a tremendous power-to-weight ratio though

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chrisonabike replied to Creakingcrank | 4 months ago
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Creakingcrank wrote:

Even the Pope doesn't enjoy that much mass.

laugh

It's only Ascension Day once a year so he can get away with it.

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belugabob replied to Rendel Harris | 4 months ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

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Maybe he’s a Colnago man?

Surely his Holiness must ride a Genesis Croix de Fer?

I heard he wanted to trade it in for a pedalo...😉

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thax1 | 4 months ago
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Makes sense for the modernisation of the Roman Catholic faith. Ticked off women's ordination, married priests and same-sex relationships. Now they need to embrace the deep stuff such as disc brakes and fully integrated cabling.

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marmotte27 replied to thax1 | 4 months ago
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All progressive that I am, I'll lobby him for an en-cycle-ical on such traditional values as steel frames and rim brakes.

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