2022 WorldTour bike trends: new tech we've spotted in the first three races

We take a look at the bikes and equipment that shone the brightest during the past week of racing

Aleksandr Vlasov in the yellow jersey at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
(Image credit: Getty / Dario Belingheri)

Traditionalists may say the racing season doesn’t truly begin until the ‘opening weekend’ double bill of Omloop Het Neuwsblad and Kurne-Brussles-Kurne. However, there’s always meaningful competition ahead of this late February date in Belgium. Including this past week, no less. 

We’ve seen three stage races of note in the shape of Etoile de Bessèges in France, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain and the Saudi Tour in, well, Saudi. 

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.