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Sure, we’ve all looked at every square millimeter of Lance Armstrong’s Trek by now, but what is his main rival riding at this Tour?
Jan Ullrich’s Bianchi EV3 is based on the production model EV3 that is available in shops, but as you might guess, it differs slightly from its commercial counterpart.
Jan Ullrich’s EV3 features an oversized downtube and somewhat more-swaging on the toptube and seattube for improved aerodynamics. Custom built, Ullrich’s EV3 sports a 56.5cm seattube with a 58cm toptube.
A CNC-machined headtube houses an FSA integrated headset, while the forged bottom bracket shell holds a Campagnolo Record bottom bracket. CNC machined rear dropouts and improved brake bridge are the finishing touches to Ullrich’s bike. A Bianchi full-carbon fork tops off the frame.
The bike features a no-nonsense Campagnolo Record group. Where other teams are experimenting with 2004 (and even 2005) componentry, Ullrich sticks to the products that are time-tested.
While Ullrich has been riding Mavic Ksyrium or Cosmic Carbone wheels for most of the stages, his contract allows him to race the mountain stages on the phenomenally light ADA carbon/Kevlar wheels. Vittoria EVO KX tubular tires grace all his wheels. From the looks of events on the climb to Luz-Ardiden today, Ullrich’s wheel choice didn’t hurt his bike-handling one bit.
A comfortable, but heavy Selle Italia Turbomatic four saddle provides Ullrich all-day comfort, while a Time Impact pedals are his pedal of choice.