Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)
The Colnago V3Rs is one of the most memorably well-balanced rides we’ve tried in this age of all-around race bikes—those bikes that try to balance aerodynamics and low weight, while keeping things comfortable. After looking at what Alexander Kristoff gets to ride this season, though, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed that we didn’t get to try his bike. Granted, it’s the same frame we rode, but just look at the gold logo on the downtube. This bike stays Italian through and through, with Campagnolo wheels and Super Record EPS. The coolest part, though, might be the Colnago cloverleaf logos and timeless Campagnolo script logo, both in gold. These pillars of Italian cycling have never looked so good.
Off the Shelf
Colnago has done an excellent job of translating its decades of experience making steel road bikes for the world’s best into the modern carbon era (look no further than Tadej Pogačar’s 2020 Tour de France victory). But sometimes you want to tap into the original expert craftsmanship that made Colnago world renowned. Luckily, the brand still produces lugged steel frames, and they’re just as beautiful now as ever. You can pick up the Master frameset for $3,100.
Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie)
If Niki Terpstra were to stop racing right now, he could leave the pro peloton quite satisfied with both cobbled monuments under his belt. But, at 36, he’s not done yet, and he remains as likely as ever to win on the cobbles. This season, riding for Total Direct Énergie, the Dutchman gets to race aboard the Filante, Wilier-Triestina’s latest aero bike, which introduces a new level of speed to the Italian brand’s lineup. His bike comes outfitted with Dura-Ace Di2 and Ursus wheels which, painted blue, green and red, make for one of the most mesmerizing wheelsets as they spin along. And as is standard for Wilier, the bike comes with some of the most beautiful paint available.
Off the Shelf
Wilier’s mid-tier endurance model, the CENTO1NDR, has a lot in common with its more expensive relative, the CENTO10NDR, down to the same geometry and even the same kind of carbon used in the layup. You can ride it for $4,200 built with Ultegra mechanical.