The 95th edition of the Giro d'Italia was decided on it’s final stage, a 28.5km individual time trail through the streets of Milano. The urban percorso had a bit of everything; wide open boulevards, tram tracks and pave’ and plenty of technical turns through the Lombard capital. It was a close race with ex-Gary Fisher mountain biker Ryder Hesjedal winning his first Grand Tour by just 16 seconds over Purito Rodriguez. Molto Bene, Sei Grande Ryder!
Ryder Hesjedal’s Cervélo's P5, ready for battle in the final TT. Ryder’s bike is equipped with Mavic;s new CX-1 wheels up front and full-carbon Comete in rear shod with with 21mm (re-labeled Veloflex) Mavic tubulars, Shimano Di2 shifting and Rotor 3D+ cranks and solid Rotor Q-Rings for TT’s . The P5 has Magura’s hydraulic MT8 rim brakes up front and under the rear chainstays.
The P5 has a 3T integrated bar and stem set-up developed just for the TT bike.
Integrated seatmast on Ryder Hesjedal’s Cervélo's P5 with fi'zi:k Ares TT saddle.
Astana’s Kevin Seeldraeyers Specialized Shiv has a specially modified full carbon Selle Italia SLR Tekno saddle with non-slip grippy material to help keep the Belgian rider in place.
Euskatel-Euskadi’s Pierre Cazaux rides this Orbea Orca TT rig in team livery. Euskatel uses Shimano DuraAce 7900 Di2 and Shimano wheels shod with Vittoria CX SC 23mm wide tires.
Cazaux sits on a Selle Italia SLR saddle with a clipped nose to meet the UCI's 3:1 ratio requirements.
Cazaux cockpit has Vision TT bars and FSA stem with Shimano Di2 TT shifters.
Vacansoleil’s Thomas DeGendt has a sensational last two stages at the Giro, winning the penultimate stage atop the 27oom+ climb of the Stelvio, then powering to 5th in the final TT to take 3rd overall. The strong Belgian had this Bianchi Pico Crono rig for Milano, a carbon monocoque frame with Super Aero full carbon fork, oversized and perforated chain stays and horizontal rear drop outs.
DeGendt has a FSA Vision aero bar set-up connected to Shimano 7900 mechanical derailleurs and Vision shifters.
We first met Saxo Bank mechanic Pascal Riedel when he was an apprentice to Julien DeVries at Team Z and was working on Greg LeMond’s carbon fiber Calfee (with LeMond decals) at the 1991 Tour DuPont. Two decades later we ran into the friendly Frenchman who is now spanning wrenches on the SaxoBank Specialized Shivs. The Saxo Shiv sported a new Specialized TTS time trial-saddle
Paolo Guerciotti showed up in his Guerciotti-Selle Italia cyclocross team support vehicle, a Ferrari 430 cabriolet.