This week the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia kicks off with a TT in Bologna. The course is quick and flat until it kicks up into a nasty climb for the last 2km, reaching 20% gradients at one point. The favourite seems to be Primoz Roglic, but I’d imagine that the likes of Tom Domoulin, Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali will all be looking for the strongest start to the tour. You can check out our range of TT bikes here, with this particularly flashy Parlee TTiR Disc.
The recently rebranded Team Ineos will also be looking to pick up where Team Sky left off with a strong showing at the Giro. Led by a young and fresh team of riders with the big names of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas left out in order to focus on the tour as well as Egon Bernal out with injury. With riders like Pavel Sivakov, Tao Geoghegan Hart and a grand tour debut for Eddie Dunbar this is a chance for some of the lesser known Ineos riders to make a name for themselves within the team. Although I suspect that this somewhat weakened team will present itself as an opportunity for other riders such as Tom Dumoulin and Simon Yates who have both missed out on the Maglia Rosa to Team Sky in recent years.
With a new name came a new bike for Team Ineos as well - the Pinarello Dogma F12. Lighter, stiffer and in both rim and disc brake options, it is in keeping with Pinarello’s dedication to being the best of the best. We will have to wait and see if the F12 can match the F10 in terms of winning capabilities though. Whilst we wait impatiently to get our hands on one in store this means that there are great deals to be had on the now older F10 and F8. Check out this Dogma F8 built with Ultegra Di2, and also take a look at some of the F10 builds we’ve done in the recent weeks here. With builds starting from £4,500 you can get tried and tested Grand Tour pedigree for significantly less than retail.