NEW Bikes & Cool Tech From The Giro D’Italia 2017

NEW Bikes & Cool Tech From The Giro D’Italia 2017


– It’s the morning of the first stage of the 2017 Giro d’Italia. We’re going to check out
some tech here, at the start, and there has also been
a bunch of very cool tech in the run up to the race. Let’s go and have a look. (smooth jazz music) Okay, so here’s another
very, very cool spot. Back at the Dubai Tour in February 2017 Dan spotted a Cervelo bike
underneath a hidden paint job, and this looks like the next step. This looks very close to a
finished production model. It’s called the Cervelo R
Series, as far as we can tell. Still awaiting confirmation
on the definite name of that. I think, actually, my
favorite detail on this bike is the shape of the seat post and the way the seat post bolt clamp is just so neatly
integrated into the frame. That’s very, very slick, very cool. Don’t focus on my neck, it’s really burnt. (smooth jazz music) We are clearly at the FDJ Team and on the roof of, I think Team Car Two, they have got a spare bike
for one of the riders, Sebastien Reichenbach and that spare bike looks to
me very much like it is a brand new Lapierre model, as yet unseen, but signed off by the
UCI because all bikes used in UCI races have to
be signed off by the UCI. I think it’s the Lapierre Aircode Two. It’s got silver head tube decals, which makes it different
from the other ones. There we go. Brand new tech, here at the Giro. Right, so we have just bumped
into the guys from Fizik and every year at the
Giro they try to bring something special and something custom out for their shoe-sponsored riders. This year is no different. This is the Fizik R1B Climb edition. It’s inspired by the hills of the penultimate stage of the Giro. This big one here, that’s Monte Grappa. This one here is Asiago and
they’re really special to Fizik because this is where they
themselves test their products and love to ride. They’ve got guys like Rohan
Dennis and Geraint Thomas using these shoes. So the penultimate stage could well be where the race is
decided and could well be where either one of those guys power on to one of their very
first Grand Tour podiums or Grand Tour victories even. I think they’re nice. Very, very cool. Chances are that you can’t
miss the Guerciotti bikes of the CCC Sprandi
Polkowice team in the dark. Those are nice, but very bright. I grew up watching the Tour
de France in the late ’90s and early 2000s and you
may well disagree with me. But I think that anything
with the Cipollini name on it is pretty damn cool. Bianchi, the bike sponsor of LottoNL-Jumbo are one of the iconic
Italian cycling brands and their color, the
signature Bianchi Celeste, is also one of the
iconic colors of cycling. So I think it’s really cool to see the Celeste Bianchi bikes in the peloton at the Giro d’Italia. Another interesting point
on the LottoNL-Jumbo bikes, is that they’ve got some
of the newer, the 2017, Shimano Dura Ace wheels. And they’re also still using
some of their older stock. So wheel are something that
constantly get recycled by teams that need to have a lot of them just in case of breakage or punches. So some of their spare bikes
are still on the older wheels. I wasn’t expecting to
see this at the Giro, but Quick-Step have got
two riders on this brake. They’ve got their team leader
for the GC, Bob Jungels on this. He has got the newer version
of Shimano’s disc brake rotors and also his teammate, Iljo
Keisse has got the older version of Shimano’s disc brake rotor system, Now I find this fascinating because I think it makes Jungels
the first ever team leader at a Grand tour to be using disc brakes. The conditions here are dry,
so it means to me that maybe he’s actually going to be using discs for nearly every stage of the
race, if not all of them. Very, very cool stuff. Another iconic Italian
bike vendor after Bianchi is called Colnago. Colnago, back in the World Tour of 2017 being ridden by UAE Fly Emirates Team. This is Rui Costa’s bike. Classic Italian bike at
the biggest Italian race. And also they’re using these very nice power2max powermeters. Right, so behind me on
the Lotto Soudal Team car, you can see that one bike
stands out from the rest. That is Adam Hansen’s. Adam is one of the more interesting riders in the pro-peloton especially when it comes to bike setup. So the cranks are not Campagnolo, they’re 180 millimeters long. The chain ring, I’ve got
no idea how big it is. It looks like it’s massive. Probably bigger than the chain rings that the rest of the guys
on the team are riding. Yeah, just very interesting
bike setup, very unique. So Bora-Hansgrohe and one of the other Specialized sponsored teams
have actually got two types of Specialized advantage here at the Giro. One of them has got matte paint and the other one has
a really glossy finish. So the matte paint is actually
a weight saving measure. It save 100 to 200 grams depending
on the size of the frame. And when you’re trying
to get a really light, really aero bike, that really
does make the difference and gets the bike down towards
that lower UCI weight limit of 6.8 kilograms. Katusha are a fully SRAM sponsored team. We can see they’ve got SRAM
RED eTap on their bikes, they’ve got the Zipp wheels as well. But pretty interesting change
in how teams approach gearing and products kind of occurred
over the last few years, but for the SRAM teams this
has especially occurred now because SRAM WiFli which gives
the rear mech a longer cage which means it’s better able to cope with the large cassettes, was released for SRAM RED
eTap at the start of the year, so these rear mechs can
now cope with gearing up to a 32 tooth at the back,
meaning that even on the worst, the hilliest, the hardest
stages at the Giro, the team mechanics of Katusha
won’t actually have to change anything about the bike itself except for a few little adjustments. Filippo Pozzato is one
of the most flamboyant personalities in the pro-peloton, and that is reflected in his bikes. In fact, I think you can probably see our filmmaker’s reflection
on the reflection on the back of my head in this bike because it’s that shiny. He’s got this incredible blue one and also on the next
team car, just over here, he has got this one, which is silver and bronze. And I think, I think
very, very good actually. I really, really like this one. So I said that Pozatto
was a flamboyant character and that was reflected in his bikes there on the roof of the car, but it turns out he’s also
got another bronze race bike and this is his podium just
kind of gettin’ around bike. It’s a Wilier Superleggera. I love, absolutely love the
classic kind of old-school steel, Columba steel styling. I just think that’s a
very, very cool bike. But I’d love to see him race it actually. But imagine that he
probably wouldn’t do that. The Trek Domane behind me, I actually got very excited when I saw it on the roof of the car, because I thought it must be a
new model, they’re hiding it. I don’t think it is, I
think it’s a Trek Domane. The Trek team are sponsored by Lee Jeans, so yeah, it’s not a paint job, I guess, it’s like cover? Something like that. Anyway, let us know what you
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