18 February 2021
Bianchi kicks off 2021 racing season in style
New Bianchi Specialissima disc debuts in the race and wins the Australian road title with Team Bike Exchange’s expert rider Cameron Meyer
The 2021 season got off to the best possible start for Bianchi and Team BikeExchange. Cameron Meyer retained the Australian Road Race Championship title on Sunday, February 7th, 2021. With his Specialissima, the Team BikeExchange rider came away with the victory on the line after a close sprint, and will now sport the green and gold jersey of Australian Champion for the second consecutive year.
In the women’s race, Team Bike Exchange took a one-two with Sarah Roy‘s solo-victory ahead of her teammate Grace Brown. On the 104,4 km route, Sarah Roy took her first national road race title thanks to a decisive attack with 30 km to go.
GEORGIA WILLIAMS ONE-TWO IN NEW ZEALAND
On Sunday February 14th, 2021, Georgia Williams won the New Zealand Road Race Championship, 130,8 km from Cambridge to Cambridge, doubling up her time trial triumph on Friday February 12th, 2021. After an aggressive start with her Oltre XR4, the Team BikeExchange rider won a two-way sprint with Kate McCharty, taking her second national road race title. In Time Trial Championship, Williams retained the title aboard her Bianchi Aquila for the third straight year.
DURBRIDGE CLAIMED SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING
Australian rider Luke Durbridge achieved the overall win at the Santos Festival of Cycling on Sunday January 24th, 2021. The Australian rider won the first stage, 106,8 km from Seppeltsfield to Tanunda on Thursday January 21st, 2021, thanks to an 80-kilometre solo break with his Oltre XR4. Durbridge took the final GC with two-minute margin over Luke Plapp and 2:31 on Chris Harper.
TEAM BIKE EXCHANGE WARMED UP FOR THE SEASON IN VALENCIA
Waiting for the start of the European season, Team BikeExchange concluded its training camp in Valencia. Both men’s and women’s squads trained together for the first time in their new colours. Simon Yates, Michael Matthews, Amanda Spratt and their fellow teammates had the opportunity to extensively test the new Bianchi models available to them: Oltre XR4 (aero), Specialissima (all-rounder) and Aquila (time trial).
The new Team BikeExchange racing machines’ look stays loyal to the Italian design, with renewed and more aggressive graphics. The marque’s signature celeste is joined by a new turquoise-celeste shade that adds an element of modernity, and these two are contrasted against carbon black – emblematic of the company’s approach to innovation and marginal gains. The result is a dynamic, forward-thinking colour scheme which creates the effect of colours flashing diagonally through the frame. All bikes feature new Reparto Corse cockpit and seatposts.