Having ridden his way into a hugely creditable seventh overall in the 2014 edition of the Giro d’Italia, Wilco Kelderman came out fighting once again at the prologue of the Criterium du Dauphine, where he managed to finish fifth. We caught up with his Bianchi Oltre XR2 ahead of the road stages to check it out.
Kelderman’s Bianchi runs relatively standard equipment meaning you should be able to build a good replica should you wish. Shimano sponsored, the bike runs the latest generation of Dura-Ace, in electrical form, naturally. With Bianchi being an Italian company the home country flavour seems to continue with the components: FSA alloy bar and stem, Selle San Marco saddle and Vittoria’s Corsa SC amber wall tyres.
What you won’t be able to buy in the shops, at least not yet, is the Pioneer power meter designed for 9000 Dura-Ace chainrings, which also has a Stages box mounted on the inside of the left hand crank.
The team have been very impressed with the unit, which you might expect them to be, but they seemed genuinely pleased with some of the metrics Pioneer can offer, such as the left and right leg power as a percentage balance but also a display that shows just where in the pedal stroke the power is made and whether there is any genuine lifting with the foot on the up stroke.
Along with this, providing the head unit has been logged into the home wifi network, it’ll automatically upload ride data so that the you can examine it later or in the case of Kelderman, it can be studied by the team’s coach.
Finally, for readers who grew up in the 1980s, the Oltre XR2’s name has nothing to do with the hot Ford hatchback but is the second generation of the Xtreme Racing. All the same, we’re hoping they choose to integrate something for the next generation just to get the XR2i name on people’s lips.