A Visit to the Masi Shop, 2003
Text and Photos by David Cooper
I had to circle almost the whole building to find the Masi shop. It was late in the day, and Alberto was the only one in the shop (that is his Mercedes parked in front). I recognized him immediately. Our conversation used my entire vocabulary of Italian and his of English. I did manage to communicate that I owned a Grand Criterium, and was a fan. It was during the Tour de France so a TV was on showing the race in progress. Nothing else was happening, but Alberto did communicate that it was ok for me to take any photos that I wanted. I managed to ask him if it was possible to see the inside of the Vigorelli but it was locked. I found it easy to imagine the noise and excitement of race day.