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Tadej Pogačar’s Colnago V3Rs – VeloNews.com

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The 2020 Tour de France was a race of firsts: Neither Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates) nor Colnago bicycles had ever gained the world’s most prestigious race. That modified for each events when the Tour de France champion Pogačar rode his yellow Colnago V3Rs throughout the Champs-Élysées on Sunday.

Whereas Pogačar turns 22 in the present day, September 21, the storied model of Colnago dates again to 1954. Bikes made by the Italian model have been ridden to victory on the classics, the world championships, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia, amongst different locations.

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However the Tour? Effectively, that will depend on the way you depend it. Firm founder Ernesto Colnago started his profession as a mechanic after which a body builder, and a few manufacturers and riders like Eddy Merckx used his body constructing providers to nice success — however below different labels. Thus this was the primary Tour de France the place a motorcycle bearing Colnago’s title was ridden into Paris below the yellow jersey.

Pogačar solely raced this bike for at some point on the Tour de France — and it was the day that counted essentially the most. Picture: Courtesy Colnago

Colnago V3Rs, in disc and rim-brake fashions

Colnago engineer Davide Fumagalli has designed all of the Colnago bikes of the final 11 years, together with the comparatively new V3Rs.

“I prefer to name this body my little Swiss Military knife, a motorcycle you should utilize for nearly something,” Fumagalli informed VeloNews on Sunday. “We’ve tire clearance for 32mm tires, and within the disc model it’s extra aero than our [older] Idea aero bike, which is why [Alexander] Kristoff sprints with it.”

UAE-Crew Emirates sprinter Kristoff gained Stage 1 and thus the primary yellow jersey of the 2020 Tour on the V3Rs disc. The Norwegian sprinter began Stage 2 with quite a few yellow touches on his bike — bar tape, laptop, pedals, and so forth — however with the usual workforce black-and-red bike.

Pogačar’s yellow Colnago V3Rs was assembled earlier than the ultimate stage. Picture: Courtesy Colnago

Pogačar, nonetheless, rolled into Paris on Sunday astride a yellow V3Rs straight from Italy.

As he had carried out earlier within the Tour, Pogačar opted for the rim-brake V3Rs as a result of it’s a little lighter.

The V3Rs disc mannequin, with all of the workforce sponsor tools, builds as much as “round 6.95kg,” Fumagilli stated.

Firm founder Ernesto Colnago constructed numerous bikes for professionals on the world’s largest races, however a motorcycle bearing his title had not gained the Tour de France till this 12 months. Picture: Courtesy Colnago

The UCI minimal bike weight restrict is 6.8kg / 14.99lb.

The V3Rs rim model is available in slightly below that restrict, so riders have “extra psychological freedom to decide on wheels, tire, and so forth.,” Fomagilli stated.

Using the final portion of the time trial on really feel

No laptop or energy meter right here. Pogačar completed the stage 20 time trial on his highway bike, with the facility meter and laptop eliminated.

As first reported by Josh Croxton on Cyclingnews, Pogačar raced the ultimate uphill part of the pivotal time trial with out a energy meter or a pc.

As with then-race chief Primož Roglic, Pogačar began on a time trial bike — with an influence meter and a pc — after which switched to a highway bike for the steep uphill end.

It was a efficiency harking back to Fabian Cancellara, who would practice and race all year long with an influence meter like basically all professionals, however then would remove it for his most important races like Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders and simply race on really feel.

Pogačar raced the primary, flat 30km of the time trial on his time trial bike, utilizing a Levels energy meter and a pc to assist tempo himself. However then he switched to racing on a highway bike — and by really feel.

 

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