To win a Grand Tour you have to be competitive in all terrains, or at least limiting the damage where you not excel.

Spanish national champion Alejandro Valverde, who finished 23rd in the 2016 Giro d’Italia stage one time trial (24 seconds behind the winner and current holder of the pink jersey, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin), relies on the Canyon Speedmax CF SLX to optimize his chances of bringing home the Maglia Rosa in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

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The Speedmax has very clean lines and no cable outside its frame, and Canyon said it has improved the older version making it faster and reducing the frame and fork weight by 180g. The  company also says the brakes have been improved from the old version as well.

The Speedmax CF SLX time trial model – which differs from the triathlon version for mounting the UCI legal water bottles instead of the frontal fairings – has still got a gear box in front of the seat tube, a small compartment suitable for spare inner tube or gels.

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Team Movistar captain’s steed mounts a Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset, with a 56-44 chainset (and the Power2Max power meter on the crank), and a 11-28t cassette. The wheels are both Campagnolo Bora Ultra: a rear disc and a 80 mm rim in the front with Continental Podium TT 22mm tyres.