Canyon Aeroad CFR is still Movistar's flat-stage bike despite the new Ultimate going aero

Movistar's veteran Basque climber Gorka Izagirre will hope to fly high in the Pyrenees. Here we look at his weapon of choice for the flatter stages

Gorka Izagirre's Canyon Aeroad
(Image credit: Dan Cavallari)

As the Tour moves into the Pyrenees Movistar’s Gorka Izagirre won't lack for support. The Basque climber will just hope he has the legs to match the enthusiasm of the passionate fans, many who cross the border decked out in the orange of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, who Izagirre rode for between 2010 and 2013.

Izagirre is likely to tackle the famed slopes of the Col d'Aubisque, Peyragudes and Hautacam on Canyon's redesigned, lightweight and more aerodynamic Ultimate. However, the Aeroad CFR is clearly very much in the picture, a bike he used during the flatter stages of the Tour's opening week and to which he will most likely revert.

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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. 

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