The Tour’s Fastest Bike Is a Bianchi: Mike Teunissen’s Winning Oltre XR4
At the Stage 1 finish line, the 2019 Tour de France yellow jersey would go not to Peter Sagan and his Specialized S-Works Venge, but to Team Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen and his Bianchi Oltre XR4. The aero road bike features a fully integrated cockpit, complete with a Vision Metron 5D flattened aero bar, and a carbon fibre frame engineered to reduce vibrations over the grueling stages. Bianchi offers builds with Shimano Ultegra and Dura-Ace (Di2 and mechanical), SRAM Red eTap AXS, and Campagnolo Super Record drivetrains; Teunissen’s bike had Dura-Ace Di2 and, notably, rim brakes.
At the current exchange rate, the Tour’s fastest Oltre XR4 (with Fulcrum wheels instead of Dura-Ace) will run you R153,100. Jumbo-Visma’s apparel sponsor is AGU, which sells replica team kits, socks, and gloves for anyone looking to jump on the early Teunissen bandwagon.