Celeste is back
A modern day beauty for a modern day champion
By the Cyclingnews technical team
Photo: © Bianchi
Coppi, Gimondi and Pantani are all names associated with Bianchi, and
in recent months, another name was added to the list: that of Jan Ullrich.
With the demise of Team Coast and its metamorphisis into what is now
known as Team Bianchi, we see the marriage of one of the most famous
names in cycling and one of its most famous colours, known ubiquitously
Edoardo Bianchi started making bikes in 1885 in his small shop in Via
Nirone, Milan. His "Safety Bicycle" was the first real modern bicycle,
and became the basis for the bikes the ordinary consumer and the extraordinary
champions ride today.
... and rear
Photo: © Bianchi
Ullrich's custom built (measuring 565 x 580mm centre to centre) Bianchi
EV3 is based on the production model EV3 that is made from a new aluminium
tubing known as EV3 Evolution. The frame differs from its predecessor
with its oversized downtube and redesigned top and seat tube profiles,
with a CNC-machined head tube housing the FSA integrated headset. A
Reparto Corse-designed forged shell houses the bottom bracket, with
CNC-machined rear dropouts and a new rear brake bridge rounding out
As with any bike from a classic European upbringing, Campagnolo are
the proud parents of Jan's EV3, with the Vicenza firm's 10 speed group
turning the bike into a modern day beauty. Up front, a Bianchi 1.125"
full carbon fork and ITM's oversized Millenium Super Over bars and stem
take care of the steering duties. Depending on the race and weather
conditions, Jan's rotating mass of choice is the Mavic Ksyrium or Cosmic
Carbone, wrapped in a Vittoria EVO KX tubular tyre.
Seating duties go to Selle Italia, with the Turbomatic 4 awarded the
task of keeping Jan's tush comfy on those six hour plus rides in the
mountains. Ullrich has long been a Time pedal user, so it was no surprise
to see their lightweight Impact Mag-Ti flippers tapped into the ends
of his lovely-jubbly 177.5mm Record cranks. And weighing in at just
7.5 kilograms, Jan's sure to be floating on the pedals come July 5.
Images by Bianchi International
Ullrich sporting his new retro-style team jersey and his Bianchi
new EV3 features heat-treated and aged EV3 aluminum tubing, with
a MegaPro Evolution oversized downtube.
full carbon Bianchi RC fork slots into a CNC-machined headtube.
rear end of the EV3 utilises CNC-machined rear dropouts and new
rear brake bridge.