Last year Alejandro Valverde favoured the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX on all parcours, but this year he simply fancied a change and has switched to Canyon’s new lightweight and more comfortable Ultimate CF SLX. The new Ultimate is designed to be considerably more comfortable than the Aeroad.

Alejandro Valverde's top tube has white and red stripes, and his title

Alejandro Valverde’s top tube has white and red stripes, and his title

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The rest of the Movistar team have matte navy blue bikes but Alejandro Valverde has predominantly gloss white to represent his status as national champion and UCI number one ranked rider. The top tube has yellow and red stripes of the Spanish flag and his national title written too.

Valverde's 00 Antares Saddle

Valverde’s 00 Antares Saddle

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Valverde rides a size small, with a 120mm proprietary stem, while his saddle is rather bling Fizik Antares 00 slammed right forward on the carbon rails. Pedals are Look Keo Blade carbon. The bike is fitted with a complete Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset with a Power2Max power meter on the crank.

Custom Lizard Skins Bar Tape

Custom Lizard Skins Bar Tape

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There are lots of nice details on this bike. The Lizard Skins bar tape feels great and has cool custom Movistar team finishing tape. The Campagnolo Super Record hoods are Movistar green too.

Power2Max Powermeter and a full Campag Super Record Groupset

Power2Max Powermeter and a full Campag Super Record Groupset

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Wheels are Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Tubulars fitted with the very popular 25mm Continental Competition Pro Ltd Tubulars. The tyres that most of the pro peloton are riding this year. Valverde is a rider known for gutsy performances and incredible consistency throughout the year. Will we see the GC contender swapping his white bike for a pink or yellow one this season?

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  • Mike Prytherch

    Good to see that somebody is getting a delivery from Canyon 🙂