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La Passione RVV Collection Review

05/26/2021 12:07

Tom Boonen became a brand ambassador for La Passione at the beginning of this year. His career achievements include winning some 150 races, including six stage victories and a Green jersey at the Tour de France, two stages at the Vuelta a España, a World Championship, five E3 Harelbeke, four Paris-Roubaix, three Gent-Wevelgem, and three editions of the Tour of Flanders.

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So it’s only fitting that La Passione recently released their RVV Collection (in partnership with Flanders Classics) inspired by Ronde Von Vlaanderen (RVV) … De Ronde … Flanders. According to Boonen:

“The Ronde is one of the most spectacular shows on the Earth and is also the perfect mix of adrenaline and effort. The routes, the fans, and the riders are unique and racing there will give you a whole new set unforgettable feelings.”

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La Passione RVV Jersey$120

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The RVV Collection is inspired by the Tour of Flanders and this is apparent throughout the jersey graphics.

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The RVV Collection is an official collaboration between La Passione and Flanders Classics who organize De Ronde as well as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Scheldeprijs, and Brabantse Pijl

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The graphic on the right sleeve evokes the cobbled climbs aka hellingen that are the trademark of the Tour of Flanders 

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The front of the jersey depicts the sawtooth race profile of the course

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The back of the jersey lists all of the climbs with their distance and gradient

The RVV jersey is the same design and construction as the La Passione Duo jersey I previously reviewed. And that’s a good thing IMHO because I said: “All in all, the Duo jersey is a stylish and functional jersey.”

Construction-wise, the body of the RVV jersey is five panels: two front panels (joined by a full-length zipper, two side panels, and a back panel — with all the panel seams serge stitched. The sleeves are set-in with raw cut ends (meaning no seams or gripper). And the collar is race ready, low cut.

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Raw cut sleeves

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Low cut collar

La Passione uses three different types of stretch fabric for the jersey. The front panels, sleeves, collar, and pockets are a lightweight “solid” fabric (but not the exact same fabric). The side panels are “open mesh.” And the back panel is “micro mesh.” The result is a very breathable jersey that can wick away moisture.

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The differences in fabric are more apparent when held up to light

The relatively porous fabrics used in the RVV jersey create a natural air conditioning effect. As a result, it’s definitely well suited for warm/hot weather. In cooler temps, a base layer is probably warranted.

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The RVV jersey is very lightweight … another indicator that it’s meant for warm/hot weather

The design of the RVV jersey is what you would expect: full-zip in front, gripper on the inside back to help keep it in place, three rear pockets. If anything is missing, it’s a secure zipper pocket that more and more jerseys have.

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Full zip front with gripper on the back hem

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The back flap at the bottom (L) makes it a little easier to insert the zipper pin into the box and the back flap at the top (R) keeps the zipper from rubbing against your skin on the front of your neck

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Cam-lock zipper means (L) up to zip up or down and (R) down to keep the zipper in place

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Three rear pockets plus a reflective strip to aid with visibility in low light/at night

Fit-wise (on my 5′ 8″, 130 pound ectomorph build), the RVV jersey is body hugging with moderate compression race fit. Not so tight that I felt like I was being squeezed in.  But tight enough that I felt like I was being snugly wrapped around. I certainly didn’t have to worry about any material flapping around in the wind. But I was still able to move around freely and comfortably.

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Of course, it’s a full zip jersey

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Laser cut sleeves grip my skinny-ish arms

La Passione RVV Bib Shorts$170

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Like the RVV jersey, the RVV bib shorts’ graphics are about De Ronde.

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The partnership between La Passione and Flanders Classics

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The race route profile on the left leg

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In case you weren’t sure which race the RVV collection is all about

Like pretty much all other bib shorts, the RVV bib shorts are a tried-and-true don’t-fix-what-isn’t-broken design:

  • Relatively high cut front
  • Y-back
  • Wide straps
  • Wide leg gripper panels

To the naked eye, the RVV bib shorts look a lot like both the La Passione Prestige and Prestige Lightweight bib shorts. But a look at some of the specs of all three reveals differences.

  • The Prestige bib shorts use a 57% Polyamide/43% Elastane fabric in the main body and 84% Polyamide/16% Elastane for the bib straps with a spec’ed weight of 200 grams
  • The Prestige Lightweight bib shorts use a 59% Polyamide/41% Elastane in the main body and 85% Polyester/15% Elastane for the bib straps with a spec’ed weight of 175 grams

The RVV bib shorts’ specs are actually the same as the La Passione Club bib shorts:

  • 78% Polyamide/22% Elastane in the main body and 94% Polyester/6% Elastane with a spec’ed weight of 190 grams

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My RVV bib shorts weighed in lighter than spec

The Y-back of the RVV bib shorts is also different. It’s just a little bit wider. How it joins with the shorts part at the back is different: a shallow downward curve rather than a more pronounced upward curve. And per La Passione, the material that joins the mesh to the Y-back is different to reduce the extension and balance the elasticity to provide a better, more comfortable fit.

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You can visually see the differences between the RVV Y-back (top) and the Prestige and Prestige Lightweight bib shorts (bottom)

One thing that’s the same (design-wise) for the RVV, Prestige, and Prestige Lightweight shorts is that the bib straps are seamed on the Y-back portion but are laser cut, lay flat on the front (joined by flat stitching).

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Hybrid bib straps: seamed in the back but laser cut, lay flat in the front

In terms of construction, the legs of the RVV bib shorts consist of 2 panels each (so 4 total) plus the leg gripper panels (that are textured with silicone dots on the inside for grip). And there’s a single panel at the back that connects to the mesh of the Y-back. Flat stitch seams join all the panels except for a short section of serge stitching from the front of the chamois.

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La Passione spec 7.5 cm for the leg gripper width, but I measured 7 cm

Speaking of the chamois, La Passione uses the same chamois aka pad (made by Elastic Interface) as in their Club bib shorts — the Joker.  Unlike a lot of other chamois, the Joker has a very curved shape. According to La Passione, the preformed construction of the chamois/pad better suits the Lycra used in the RVV bib shorts (which is the same spec as the Club bib shorts).

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The chamois itself has a very lightly ribbed surface, different density/thickness padded sections, and a full length center channel for perineal relief and better blood flow. An interesting aspect of the chamois is that it’s two pieces (left and right) connected with a seam down the center. But instead of stitching, the pieces are joined together by ultrasonic technology so they lay flat — as a result, I couldn’t feel the seam and it didn’t cause any discomfort.

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The seam that connects the two halves of the chamois

La Passione doesn’t spec how long a ride the chamois is good for, but my experience riding in their Club bib shorts (same chamois) is 6 hours and change without any butt or other down under bits issues (and feeling like I could keep riding as long as my legs felt like it).

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Because of its curved shape, it wasn’t that easy to get the chamois to lay flat(ish) for this pic 

As far as fit goes, the RVV bib shorts have firm compression (which means they don’t just slip on; they require a little tugging and pulling) and were comfortably tight. I could feel them holding me in but not so tight as to feel constricting. (It’s worth noting that even though a lot of other manufacturers use as many as 10+ panels in their bib shorts  — based on the theory that more panels provide better fit — La Passione uses many fewer panels but they still conform to your shape and hug firmly.) The wide leg gripper sections gripped without squeezing too much and creating the dreaded sausage effect. And I’ve now ridden in enough different bib shorts that I can feel (and appreciate) the difference in comfort between laser cut, lay flat bib straps and seamed bib straps — you almost can’t feel the former. Call me spoiled.

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High-ish cut front and wide bib straps

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Wide-ish Y-back

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Wide leg gripper section but no sausage effect

Maiden voyage

My first ride in the RVV kit was a 65 mile “rouleur” ride with almost 2,500 feet of accumulated elevation gain.  Definitely “Classics” terrain.  Oh … and in 90F heat (we’re having some early summer weather here in Babylon on the Potomac). I wouldn’t ordinarily wear predominantly black (or dark) kit on such a hot day, but the RVV jersey was about as good as it gets in terms of ventilation and moisture wicking in that kind of heat. There was no avoiding it being hot, but I never felt like I was overheated. I never felt the need to completely un-zip my jersey and I really appreciated how comfortable the low cut collar was. And the RVV bibs were more than comfortable — both in the saddle and (more importantly) at our beer and food truck stop along the way. I could barely feel the bib straps to the point where I pretty much forgot I was wearing bib shorts and the chamois/pad provided enough padding for comfort but also enough firmness/density so as not to be squishy/soft. Suffice to say that I was suitably impressed.

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Channel your inner Tommeke

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I love when a brand does special edition kit celebrating a particular race or rider. In the case of the La Passione RVV Collection, it’s a way to stand out in the crowd on a group ride without resorting to loud colors or busy graphics. The black and gray kit is a classic look. But the splashes of yellow give it some color to catch the eye. If it’s possible, the kit is bold and understated at the same time — which isn’t a bad way to characterize the Tour of Flanders. Yes, iconic and decisive cobbled climbs such as the Kwaremont and Paterberg stand out. But there are also endless miles of winding narrow roads that are more sublime but just as characteristic of the race.

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Although the La Passione RVV kit is all about De Ronde, it’s also hard to not think about it as “Tornado” Tom Boonen kit too. He is, after all, a brand ambassador for La Passione. With three wins, he is tied for the most wins at the Tour of Flanders — along with Achiel Buysse, Eric Leman, Johan Museeuw, (all Belgians); Fiorenzo Magni (Italy); and Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland). Boonen also has a second place at De Ronde to his name to put him third on the list of most podium finishes. And then there are some epic clashes with Fabian Cancellara aka Spartacus on the cobbled climbs at Flanders.

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Even though Classics season has segued into stage racing season, you can still celebrate De Ronde and the exploits of La Passione brand ambassador Tom Boonen with their new RVV jersey and bib shorts. Channel your inner Tommeke!

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GIRO’21 Week# 2 Rant: Snakes & Ladders Set Up Punishing Final Days

05/26/2021 0:03
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Giro Rest Day Rant: The first sixteen stages of the 2021 Giro d’Italia have been full of surprises, but maybe Egan Bernal in pink isn’t so much of a shock. Ed Hood looks back at the second week of the Italian Grand Tour to give us his perspective so far.

# You can see the ‘First Rest Day Rant’ HERE. #

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No sign of back problems for Egan Bernal

STAGE 11:
What is it Stevie Winwood sang? ‘If you see a Chance, Take it!’ Mauro Schmid must have that on his play list. That’s the thing about cycling, you can go from ‘just another face in the peloton,’ to ‘star’ in just a few short hours, if you have the legs and Lady Luck decides it’s your day. Chapeau! to the 21 year-old from chocolate box lid cute, Bulach in Northern Switzerland on his first professional victory. And if I was Qhubeka team Principal, Doug Ryder I’d have ordered a large brandy last night. . .

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Mauro Schmid – Big win for Qhubeka Assos

Bernal? A surprise he tightened his grip on the maglia over the sterrate? Not if you remember he was twice on the podium of the world junior cross country mountain bike championships and more recently, third in the Strade Bianche. To lapse into ‘EuroPro speak’ for a moment; ‘for sure, it’s still a long way to Milano,’ but as each day goes past the Colombian looks more and more like, ‘the man.’ Especially with that ‘Britless’ team of ‘ItaloMonsters’ like Ganna, Moscon and Puccio behind him.

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Carthy is up there

But if you’re a Brit, nice to see Hugh Carthy and Simon Yates quietly move up to fourth and fifth on GC with none of the responsibility which the young INEOS man carries.

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Remco Evenepoel – Back too soon?

Remco? Firstly, let’s remember he’s not 22 years-old until January; secondly, this is his first Grand Tour – sure, he won San Juan, The Algarve, Burgos and Poland last season but the longest of those was San Juan at seven stages including a short TTT and thirdly – let’s remember that ravine he went over in Lombardia. The Giro is his first race back since that horror on 15th August 2020. He’ll be back, stronger, wiser and perhaps a little more humble?

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Gino Mäder – Last man standing

And who anchored the classement on this memorable day? Only fitting it was another Suisse; Gino Mäder 170th @ 26:27. And to close with another song lyric, as ‘Van the Man’ says; ‘You’re only King for a Day. . .’

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STAGE 12:
Another good day for a French team, AG2R this time, on another tough day where the GC men let the ‘Attacante’ have their time in the sun. Tough day, tough winner, Italian Andrea Vendrame – who paid his dues at Androni for three seasons – didn’t win the Tro Bro Leon two years ago ‘cos he’s a cissy and on this day of 212K, four categorised climbs and very little flat road, he was bravest, strongest and ultimately, fastest.

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Andrea Vendrame – The bravest, strongest and ultimately, fastest

And on the subject of, ‘tough’ – Chapeau to ‘Purple People Eater’ and former Italian Elite Road Race Champion, Giovanni Visconti, fifth on the stage at 38 years-of-age.

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‘Purple People Eater’ – Giovanni Visconti

But it was a day to forget for several riders; early maglia rosa, Alessandro De Marchi and Marc Soler joined Mikel Landa and Pavel Sivakov in the ranks of the, ‘big names crashed out.’ Whilst Gino Mäder, Kobe Goossens, Fausto Masnada and Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) all succumbed to injury and/or illness. A hard day at the office, with Stage 11 winner and ‘King for a day,’ Mauro Schmid 162nd of 164 finishers @ 27:10 today. The Giro giveth – and the Giro taketh away. . .

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STAGE 13:
Dave and I were in Torino in 2016 for the final stage of the Giro when Giacomo Nizzolo ‘won’ his last stage in the race; the Fife contingent of the UCi jury – that’s Dave and I – were happy with how the sprint was conducted but sadly the rest of the panel voted us down and the big chap went from first to 12th albeit didn’t stop him from taking home the ciclamino jersey.

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Nizzolo – Another for Qhubeka

We had a chuckle to ourselves about how 2021 race juries would handle Van Linden v. Basso, Kelly v. Vanderaerden or Abdou v. Cipo. Nizzolo has been 11 times second in Giro stages before today – and whilst I was turning up the righteous indignation levels about Caleb Ewan ‘chucking it,’ big Giacomo was quietly thinking to himself; ‘Ahhhhh!’

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Nizzolo took the win with a very long sprint

The other big news of the day is that PEZ soothsayer and mentor, Viktor has a new hero. Generally his heroes are to a template – big, strong, non-climbers and Belgian. However, the mould is broken and Vik has his first Italian hero since ‘Super Mario’ called ‘time.’ Edoardo Affini is the man.

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Edoardo Affini – Vik’s new hero

A product of the excellent SEG Racing Academy he went World Tour with Mitchelton-Scott but has really began to flourish since he joined Jumbo Visma. It took all of Nizzolo’s speed and skill to beat Affini to the line after the man from Mantua in Lombardy, ‘did an Ekimov’ and attacked inside the red kite from way out. Nizzolo himself said that when he saw the gap he believed he was sprinting for second place. Chapeau! Giacomo and Edoardo. And ANOTHER brandy for Mr. Ryder.

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STAGE 14:
Where to begin – on a stage that even confirmed, ‘non-climbing fan’ Vik admitted made compelling viewing? Let’s start with the man we closed on yesterday, Edoardo Affini; one of an 11 strong early breakaway group from which the eventual winner would emerge, Affini worked himself into the tarmac to ensure that the move would succeed, setting things up for team mate and co-escapee, George Bennett.

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No luck for Bennett

However, Bennett along with fellow breakaway strongmen, Mollema and Tratnik were out-foxed by the man we’re going to talk about in a moment, Lorenzo Fortunato. Bennett finished an eventual seventh then rode back down the hill to chaperone Affini to the line – a beautiful gesture and one which reminds you why this sport is so special. It was also ‘illegal’ as riders aren’t supposed to cover the same part of the parcours twice – but even the hardest line UCi guy would surely turn a blind eye on this occasion. And again, the Giro transforms a man’s life in a single afternoon. Fortunato was a promising junior with 11th and 8th placed finishes in the World Junior Road Race Championships. As an u23 rider he got two stagiaire placements, in 2016 with Tinkoff and in 2017 with Bardiani before signing a contract with Neri Sottoli – Sella Italia – KTM in 2019; the following season the team became Vini Zabu KTM and this year he signed with Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso’s EOLO Kometa team.

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Stunning ride from Lorenzo Fortunato

It’s perhaps easy to say that there’s nothing in his palmarès to suggest that he’s an ace climber; however, top 10 placings on the daunting Genting Highlands stage of last year’s Tour of Langkawi and earlier this year in the tough Alto del Naranco stage of the Vuelta Asturias say much about his climbing prowess. EOLO have more than, ‘honoured the Pink Race’ – they’ve been in many of the ‘moves of the day’ and the man who most thought would be the danger man on the Zoncolan, Fortunato’s team mate and co-escapee Vincenzo Albanese – but who succumbed to the gradient – wore the climbers’ jersey on stages two and three, Chapeau! EOLO-Kometa.

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By far the strongest team

On the subject of teams, Bernal’s squadra is by head shoulders the strongest team in the race – every one of them strong and totally focused on the job. Their Man, the meek and softly spoken Bernal undergoes a transformation in the closing kilometres of mountain stages, becoming a snarling assassin, punishing his Pinarello in search of every second.

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Yates didn’t have Bernal ‘on the ropes’

For a spell in the final on the Zoncolan it looked like Simon Yates may have the Colombian on the ropes – that was until Bernal again demonstrated why he’s, ‘The Daddy’ on this Giro – impressive. But a good day for Yates who moves onto the ‘virtual’ podium in second spot but not do good for Vlasov, who slid to fourth. Remco slipped one place but is still within sight of the podium, he’s at 3:52 whilst current third placed Caruso is 1:51 behind Bernal.

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The Zoncolan was the hero

Any lingering dreams of a Nibali renaissance disappeared on this day as he haemorrhaged 12 minutes; and whilst Bardet moved up one place into the top 10, he’s doing a pretty good impersonation of the Invisible Man. Zoncolan, too hard, a circus? Maybe – but terrific entertainment nonetheless.

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STAGE 15:
That’ll be an XO brandy for Mr. Ryder please – three stages in five days – CHAPEAU!

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Stage win No.3 for Qhubeka

Let’s talk about Victor; ‘back in the day’ holders of the world hour record were usually smooth stylists – Coppi, Riviere, Anquetil, Bracke, Ritter, Moser [much as I love him, it’s difficult to say Merckx was a ‘stylist’]. But Victor isn’t in that mould, he brings to mind an escaped bull, causing havoc on the High Street. His win in the 2018 European Time Trial Championships was memorable for his desperate battle with his machine to snatch the title by one second from the man who’s now a key Bernal henchman at INEOS, Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain. Victor was twice Euro TT champion and twice Belgian TT champion, standing on the Worlds podium in 2018.


Worlds’18 TT podium – Tom Dumoulin, Rohan Dennis and Victor Campenaerts

But his last win against the watch was two years ago in Tirreno as a new generation of ‘chronomen’ has arrived, headed by the monster that is Filippo Ganna; then there’s Wout Van Aert, Stefan Kung, Remco and a rejuvenated Rohan Denis. Rather than let the grass grown under his feet Victor has reinvented himself as a ‘baroudeur.’ In this role he’s not actually racked up the wins but has certainly, ‘shown the flag’ for his sponsors and entertained the fans; even if his style – or lack thereof – makes purists cringe. But today his aggression finally paid off with an aggressive, entertaining and well deserved win. CHAPEAU Victor!

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Maybe not a ‘stylist’

Tomorrow it gets REALLY serious; 212K, 5742 vertical metres including the Passos Pordoi and Giau but there is a long descent to the line which might save a few skins. . .

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STAGE 16:
If there were any doubts about Egan Bernal’s class – his talent speaks for itself – they were dispelled when the Colombian removed his rain jacket as he entered the Cortina finish and stuffed it up the rear of that beautiful pink jersey which he displayed and honoured to the full. CHAPEAU Senor!

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Stage win and overall time

You could argue that the organisers shouldn’t have chopped the percorso from 212 to 153 K but it was no bad thing given the weather conditions; riders ‘back in the day’ when ‘men were men’ were simply not as skinny as they are now and with just one monster passo the damage was bad enough, never mind another two horrors with their associated rain frozen descents.

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Not the best conditions

Going back to ‘doubts,’ if there were any about who was the strongest man in this race, Bernal dispelled those too with a masterful display on the heart breaking slopes of the Passo Giau. In the snakes and ladders game of Grand Tour racing, Roman Bardet found a ladder, cast off the cloak of invisibility and took second place on this hardest of days, climbing up to seventh on GC.

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A good day for Bardet and Caruso

A good day too for Damiano Caruso, moving up to second on GC – and Hugh Carthy now on the virtual podium in third spot, albeit the Brit obviously expected more from this day.

The snakes?
It was an anaconda for Simon Yates, dropping off the podium from second to fifth. No classement snake slide for Vlasov, staying fourth on GC but slipping down on time to a distant 4:18.

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Not the Giro Yates had planned on

Caruso will be happy to defend second spot but Carthy and his hugely experienced DS, Charly Wegelius will still have designs on pink. The 11.5 kilometres to the Sega di Ala finish on Wednesday could give them the opportunity? But realistically it’s difficult to see anyone but the slight Colombian in pink come Milano.

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The happy Bernal family

Ciao, ciao.

Stage 16

 

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 16:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 66:36:04
2. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 2:24
3. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 3:40
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 4:18
5. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 4:20
6. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 4:31
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 5:02
8. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:17
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 8:20
10. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 10:01
11. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 12:45
12. Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation at 15:10
13. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ at 16:23
14. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 18:10
15. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 21:50
16. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 23:50
17. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 27:10
18. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) BikeExchange at 27:12
19. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 28:07
20. Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 36:47
21. Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa at 37:07
22. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 38:22
23. Tanel Kangert (Est) BikeExchange at 38:52
24. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) BikeExchange at 39:38
25. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 42:27.

 

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Wahoo Revamps Popular ELEMNT BOLT

05/26/2021 0:02
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The new ELEMNT BOLT from Wahoo Fitness, the market leader in connected devices, boasts a crisp, color display, and expanded navigation features. Like all Wahoo devices, the new BOLT, available for sale today, maintains the easy to use, intuitive interface, and connectivity that makes Wahoo ELEMNT computers the choice of the world’s top cyclists and triathletes.

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The new ELEMNT BOLT introduces a 64-color, high-contrast screen, making it easy to focus on ride data. The 2.2” inch screen is made of durable, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Now featuring Smart Navigation (previously available only on the ELEMNT ROAM), the ELEMNT BOLT automatically reroutes riders who stray from their planned route, lets riders change destinations, route back to the start, and retrace their rides right from the computer, without having to use their phone. An updated user interface offers customizable, color-highlighted fields to make it simple to focus on specific data metrics. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the backlight to make sure that the screen is always easy to see, even on dawn patrols or dusky rides.

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The aerodynamic, low-profile body carries on the sleek design of the original BOLT. Quick View LEDs on the top of the screen provide turn-by-turn directions, signal approaching Strava Live segments, and provide notifications. With a 15-hour runtime and onboard memory increased to 16GB, the BOLT is designed to make exploring simple with millions of miles of roads and trails already preloaded. When paired with the Wahoo ELEMNT app, riders can easily customize their data screens, sync routes, and analyze data. BOLT’s waterproof body (IPX7) stands up to the rainiest rides or a botched creek crossing.

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“BOLT has always been known for its sleek form factor, as well as its ease-of-use,” said Wahoo ELEMNT Product Manager Megan Powers. “We’re excited to add features that Wahooligans have been clamoring for, including a thoughtful use of color on the display, and Smart Navigation in a package that looks great on any bike. Like all of our ELEMNT GPS devices, BOLT integrates into the whole Wahoo ecosystem, whether you’re using the Multisport Handover mode to seamlessly track data in triathlon, or to control your KICKR.”

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Since it was first launched in 2017, the ELEMNT BOLT has been embraced by road cyclists, triathletes, and mountain bikers, thanks to a sleek shape that’s at home on any cockpit. Like all Wahoo devices, ELEMNT BOLT is trusted for its reliability and intuitive operation. For the 2021 season, 11 professional cycling teams will race and train with BOLT, including BORA-HANSGROHE, Deceuninck-Quick Step, AG2R, Arkea Samsic, Alpecin-Fenix, Ale BTC Ljubljana, Rally, Team DSM, Cofidis, Trek Segafredo, and Team Twenty24. Some of the world’s best triathletes will also ride with BOLT including Jan Frodeno, Lucy Charles, Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, Heather Jackson, and Sarah Crowley.

The new ELEMNT BOLT (MSRP $279.99) is available for purchase today at Wahoo dealers and at Wahoofitness.com.

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