After Jack Bobridge kicked off Trek-Segafredo‘s season in style by winning the Australian national road race championship at the weekend, it might be no surprise to see the new national champion on a custom-painted bike. However Trek has gone the extra mile at the Tour Down Under, giving each of the team’s riders a bike painted up in their respective national colours.
Most of the team’s riders will be on board the new Trek Madone, with the only exception being Peter Stetina, who might be targetting the hilly finishes to stages three and five with his choice of the lightweight Trek Emonda.
Aside from Bobridge’s green and gold Madone, there are some other eye-catching bikes to be seen outside the team bus, with Dutchman Boy Van Poppel, riding a lurid orange number, while Colombian Julien Arredondo and American Kiel Reijnen aboard bikes with slightly more understated navy and white paintjobs respectively.
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The bikes will receive their debuts at the People’s Choice Classic, a 51km criterium around the streets of Adelaide on Sunday, before the Tour Down Under gets underway itself on Tuesday with a 130km stage from Prospect to Lyndoch that looks likely to end in a sprint finish.
Clearly in good form given his convincing win in his national championships, Jack Bobridge looks likely to lead the Trek-Segafredo challenge, although Arredondo could provide another option for hillier stages. However they will face a stiff challenge from the likes of Simon Gerrans, who defending champion Rohan Dennis has picked as his favourite for the event, while Team Sky are also sending a strong team including five Brits.