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The Dutch World Tour team to ride all Bianchi Countervail models: Oltre XR4, Specialissima, Infinito CV and Aquila CV
Robert Gesink's win at Vuelta a Espana
Bianchi has continued its investment in the World Tour cycling scene by renewing its sponsorship deal with Team LottoNL-Jumbo. In 2017, Bianchi will supply the Dutch team with four high-end models from the Bianchi Countervail family to provide specific advantages and maximum performance under the various racing conditions: Oltre XR4, Specialissima, Infinito CV and TT Aquila CV.

The collaboration between Bianchi and the Dutch World Tour began in 2014 with the formerly named Belkin Team. The partnership has proved successful throughout the important events of the road cycling season, from the Cobbled Classics to the Grand Tours. Two years ago, Lars Boom (returning to the team in 2017) and the Infinito CV took first place in the exciting fifth stage of the Tour de France, which included some of the Paris-Roubaix’ cobbles. In 2015, Robert Gesink finished 6th overall at the Tour de France, and Steven Kruijswijk finished 7th in the Giro d'Italia's GC, and improved this result the following year. Team LottoNL-Jumbo stood out as one of the strongest teams at the 2016 Giro d'Italia, with Steven Kruijswijk wearing the leader's pink jersey for five days and eventually finishing 4th overall just off the final podium, and Primoz Roglic winning the Chianti ITT. More 2016 top results came from Robert Gesink, who won the queen stage of the Vuelta a España, and Dylan Groenewegen, who emerged as one of the top sprinters around, claiming eleven wins including the Dutch Road National title.
Dylan Groenewegen
Bianchi is one of the few companies in the world capable of supplying its World Tour team with four different carbon racing models, all of them featuring Bianchi's exclusive Countervail® vibration-cancelling technology. Countervail viscoelastic material cancels 80% of road vibrations, leading to maximized control, reduced muscular fatigue and increased rigidity and peak power over long distances.

The Countervail technology was applied to LottoNL-Jumbo’s Bianchi models in various ways to provide specific advantages for different racing conditions:
  • Oltre XR4: a top-of-the-line aero bike, it’s designed for maximum aerodynamic advantage and control at high speeds;
  • Specialissima: the ultralight frame for GC riders, it’s extra stiff for increased traction and stability at high speeds, and maximum control on the descents
  • Infinito CV: the ideal bike for the Classics, it provides remarkable control on uneven surfaces and reduces muscular fatigue;
  • Aquila CV: the ultimate time trial machine, it’s designed to increase power output and rider's energy, with maximum control with each pedal stroke
Steven Kruijswijk
In 2017, LottoNL–Jumbo will once again present a highly competitive team, mixing experienced and talented riders throughout the season. Robert Gesink and Steven Kruijswijk will be the team’s top riders for the Grand Tours, with the latter making another run for the Giro d’Italia title. Among key supporting riders for the leaders, there will be the experienced Belgian Jurgen Van Den Broeck as well as the Italian Enrico Battaglin and New Zealand’s George Bennett (who finished 10th overall at the 2016 Vuelta a España). Lars Boom will also return to lead LottoNL-Jumbo in the cobbled races, while Dylan Groenewegen will be joined by Spaniard Juanjo Lobato to compete in the Monuments and Classics.
Sep Vanmarcke
"The extension of our relationship with Team LottoNL-Jumbo is the result of our positive experience with their riders and performance staff over the past years: the feedback from the team has greatly contributed to the consistent improvement in our CV models’ performance. We are proud and happy to continue collaborating with them, and to test and further develop our current and new racing products" - Bianchi CEO Bob Ippolito stated.

"In recent years, we've had a strategic cooperation with Bianchi and the team, especially in the time trials," said Team LottoNL-Jumbo's General Manager Richard Plugge. "This resulted in two national titles in the time trial, a victory in the Giro and a fifth place in the team time trial at the world championship. We can now structurally compete for top positions in the time trials. They gave attention to every discipline and developed other models, as well."
Treviglio (Italy), 2016, October 22nd
Primoz Roglic
Photo: 1) Robert Gesink's win with Oltre XR4 in Vuelta a Espana's queen stage (Credits Bettini Photo); 2) Dutch National champion Dylan Groenewegen riding Oltre XR4 (Credits Bettini Photo); 3) Steven Kruijswijk wearing the maglia rosa and tackling Alpe di Siusi uphill ITT with Specialissima at Giro d'Italia (Credits Bettini Photo); 4) Sep Vanmarcke with Infinito CV (Credits Bettini Photo); 5) Primoz Roglic riding Aquila CV to top the Chianti ITT at Giro d'Italia (Credits Bettini Photo). 



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