Mmmm! Isn’t it pretty? We’ll use any excuse to slap a pic of the Bianchi Oltre up on the Road.cc homepage. It is one of the most gorgeous race bikes out there (as defined by us, obviously; and we’re right). Today, we actually have a good reason to feature it: Bianchi have provided the whole Vacansoleil-DCM team with a special edition Oltre for the Giro d’Italia, and this is it.
The finish is mostly Bianchi celeste, of course, but with Vacansoleil-DCM’s darker blue team colour on the extended seat tube and fork. Then there are some subtle pink details – pink, of course, being the colour of the Giro lead rider’s jersey and the official colour of the race.
The limited edition bike also displays a celebrative logo commemorating the 60th anniversary of Fausto Coppi winning both the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year – that’s 1952, if your maths isn’t all that. The logo features the Tour’s yellow jersey and the Giro’s pink one.
We’ve covered the technology behind the Oltre plenty in the past and that hasn’t altered. So yes, you’re absolutely right, it’s just a new paint job.
But, ooh, it is pretty!
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.