Bianchi's Oltre goes electric plus a more affordable Colnago and Fizik's custom saddle service

The e-Oltre weighs just 11kg in its lightest guise while the Colnago V4 features V4Rs styling at a lower price point

Bianchi / Michelin / Colnago / Fizik
(Image credit: Bianchi / Michelin / Colnago / Fizik)

For fans of road racing, the urge to own a bike just like the pros can be strong. So strong in fact that it’s been known (wink, wink) for some of us to end up with a bike we can neither really afford or ride comfortably. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This week we feature two bikes that look just like something you’ll see fly by in the peloton during this year's Tour de France but with two significant differences that make them better suited to the masses. 

The first up is Bianchi’s newest electric bike, the e-Oltre. It does a stellar impression of the bike ridden by the Arkéa–B&B Hotels team but has a rear hub motor that allows us mere mortals to make it up the climbs. Then there’s the Colnago V4. It borrows much from Tadej’s V4Rs but is more sensibly priced for those of us who have to actually pay for our bikes.

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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.