Three team bikes for 2012. First is Vacansoleil-DCM with a Bianchi Oltre frame. There’s a mix of FSA and Shimano components along with Fast Forward wheels. The team had been using Ridley with SRAM.
Taste is personal but if the Dutch team’s bike has a jumble of parts, I find there are too many colours on the frame too. Especially since the celeste colour of a Bianchi is part of the sport’s heritage. But I’ll wait to see the version in the sunlight, pro mechanics always make a bike look good. Note that if Bianchi is Italian by name and heritage, it belongs to a Swedish company which also owns the Gitane and Cycles Peugeot brands.
Next up is the Greenedge team bike for 2012, with the photo snapped by Sebastian Langeveld, winner of a vintage edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in March. The frame is a Scott Foil, fully equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace, including pedals, wheels and the components are by Pro, a subsidiary of the Japanese firm. The black and white finish with a small amount of green hints that the team jersey will be equally discreet.
Finally a picture below of the Garmin-Cervélo team’s new ride via Remco de Groot. No surprise with the Cervélo S5 frame but the team has switched from SRAM back to Shimano. You can see the Rotor chainset and this will be used in conjunction with the new Garmin power measurement system inside the pedals. I believe the team is bulk-buying its groupsets from the US distributor because Shimano is not a sponsor. Mavic remain a wheel sponsor.
Perhaps the biggest revelation in the photo is the name on the frame. Thomas Dekker is trying to make a comeback from a doping ban and has been riding with the development team. Now it seems he will be unveiled as a new signing for the team at this evening’s presentation of the Garmin-Cervélo squad in 2012.
A caveat, these are sneak peak photos and specifications and colours could change.