In the week leading up to the start of the Giro d’Italia, we’ve been looking at the leaders’ jerseys, Bahrain-Merida’s Merida Scultura, Canyon’s women’s bikes and more

The leaders’ jerseys for the 100th Giro d’Italia have been announced. We’ve had a look at their design and reckon they just might be the classiest ever. And Giro jersey sponsor Santini hasn’t just released the leaders’ jersey collection: there’s a whole host of jerseys celebrating different stages, past winners – and the guy who comes last.

Santini’s classy Giro leaders’ jerseys

And Fizik has released a limited edition of its top-of-the-line R1B. Called the Climb Edition, it boasts pink accents of course, while Rapha has its very own take on the Maglia Rosa.

The past week we’ve had not one, but two Merida Sculturas to show you. The lightweight option for team Bahrain-Merida, we’ve had a video looking at Ion Izagirre’s team spec bike, with a mix of new and old Dura-Ace and SRM cranks to let the team run SRM’s power meter.

Vincenzo Nibali’s Merida Scultura has gold leaf accents (Photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto)

We’ve also had a look at team leader Vincenzo Nibali’s custom Merida Scultura for the Giro d’Italia It’s black and real gold leaf with the names of all the previous winners of the Giro d’Italia embossed on it – including Nibali, who’s aiming for a third win this year.

Power measurement and Canyon women’s bikes

On the subject of power meters, we’ve looked at how to use power measurement effectively in your training, talking to the experts about what to do and what not to do with all those numbers and some mistakes to avoid. And we’ve asked you whether you think that all the tech now available to cyclists helps or gets in the way of your enjoyment of the sport.

Meanwhile Strava, everyone’s favourite cycling tech, has added a feature to allow you to write about your ride, sharing ride details, gear tips and more. But for the moment it’s only opened up the feature to 36 Strava athletes to test.

Canyon’s women’s range includes 650b wheels on smaller size options

In other news, Canyon has introduced a women’s specific bike range with different geometry from the men’s and 650b wheel size options for shorter riders.

We’ve also given you our pick of bike saddlebags and kids’ balance bikes this week. And we’ve run through Brooks’ range of classic leather and new Cambium saddles.

Look out for a bumper crop of Giro tech in next week’s round-up.