Oliver Naesen rode a custom steel framed Eddy Merckx bike on stage 21 of the Tour de France

Ride marks the launch of the new Eddy Merckx steel bike range

Oliver Naesen was riding the new Eddy Merckx Corsa Road Rim steel bike for the final Tour de France stage into Paris. He swapped the usual carbon Stockeu69 ridden by AG2R La Mondiale for the Corsa to mark the launch by Eddy Merckx Cycles of its new high end steel MyCorsa range.

Naesen’s Corsa Road Rim bike is made of a mix of Columbus Spirit HSS lightweight steel and Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing. The rest of Naesen’s thoroughly modern spec consisted of a Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical groupset, with a Rotor 2inPower crank power meter, Look Kéo Blade Carbon pedals and a KMC chain.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.