Juan Ayuso is off to a flying start at the Tour de Romandie, where UAE’s 19-year-old Spanish rider placed tenth in the opening prologue and has been riding smart to move up into fifth overall after stage 2.
Here’s a look at his Colnago V3RS, which is a mix of traditional (tubulars, 53/39 ring, Colnago) and new school (aggressively angled-in shifters).
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Juan Ayuso isn’t phased by his number plate.
Nope, he didn’t crash. Ayuso, like an increasing number of WorldTour riders these days, just rides with his shifters twisted inwards for a narrower frontal profile of his hands and arms.
Ayuso’s bar isn’t wide to begin with, and the levers bring his arm width in another few centimeters.
For professionals, Deda’s Alanera bar comes in a host of stem length and bar width dimensions that aren’t available to consumers.
This is not a sight you would have seen on Colnagos in the ’50s and ’60s — or even in the first two decades of this century.
It’s rare to see a timing chip not wrapped in a portion of an inner tube this year.
Ayuso is racing on Pirelli tubulars.
Prologo’s CPC has long been used on its saddles, and now we’re seeing it pop up on time trial cockpits, too.
This V3R3 has already seen some dings to the top tube in its service.
As with Campagnolo, Look’s pedals aren’t as commonplace as they once were.
Elite’s carbon cages are commonplace in the WorldTour.
Campagnolo went 12-speed, with Super Record, before SRAM or Shimano did.
Spain and Italy, unite!
Ayuso runs a 53/39 on his SRM-equipped Campagnolo drivetrain.