Primož Roglič’s Bianchi Aquila CV time trial bike

Here’s the bike that put Primož Roglič in the race lead at the Tour of Britain yesterday

(Image credit: Andy Jones 2014)

All photos: Andy Jones

Yesterday, Team LottoNL-Jumbo blitzed the 14km Tour of Britain stage five team time trial, winning by 16 seconds to put Primož Roglič in the race lead by six seconds.

LottoNL-Jumbo use FSA Vision TT bars with a Pioneer head unit and Dura-Ace Di2 shifters

Roglič’s Bianchi Aquila CV TT bike in Bianchi’s famous celeste livery includes the brand’s proprietary Countervail anti-vibration technology, originally developed for NASA. There’s a Vision Trimax Carbon SI J-bend aerobar from team sponsor FSA, which features internal cable routing.

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Front brake is shielded by long carbon cover that extends from the head tube down the fork legs

Apart from the sponsors’ logos on the seat tube and stays, the décor of Roglič’s Aquila is the same as the retail machine, which can also be ordered with Bianchi’s Tavolozza custom paint scheme.

While rear brake is hidden under a protrusion from the bottom bracket shell

Brakes are hidden away out of the airflow – the front V-brake in a recess under an aero fairing and the rear behind a protruding area under the bottom bracket shell.

Dura-Ace chainset comes with a Pioneer dual sided power meter

The bike is kitted out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 mechanicals and the dual sided Pioneer power meter used by Team LottoNL-Jumbo. There’s a deep section Dura-Ace front wheel, while the disc rear wheel is from Shimano’s component brand Pro. Although unmarked, Roglič’s tyres appear to be grapheme containing Corsa tubs from team tyre sponsor Vittoria.

The retail Bianchi Aquila comes with a Fizik Mistica stubby saddle, but Roglič prefers to ride on a Fizik Antares, as used on his Bianchi road bike.

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