Had it not been for a well-timed bike throw from Peter Sagan in Bergen, Norway, last September, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) could have been riding Colnago's aero offering in rainbow colours. Instead, Kristoff will race as European champion for the 2018 season, a title the Norwegian won in Denmark a month before the world championships.
Like Kristoff's kit, the Colnago Concept is decorated in a predominantly white finish and adorned with the blue and gold colours of the European flag. Flashes of red from the team's title sponsor and groupset provider Campagnolo add contrast to the overall build.
The Colnago Concept is the first production, aero-specific frameset from the iconic Italian frame builder. Common aero bike features such as truncated tubing, direct-mount brakes and lowered seat stays all feature on Kristoff's machine.
Following six seasons with Katusha-Alpecin, Kristoff switches from SRAM drivetrains to Campagnolo. UAE Team Emirates choose to run full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets and Campagnolo Bora Ultra wheels paired with Vittoria tubular tyres.
The Italian theme continues with a saddle from Prologo and an alloy cockpit from Deda's Super Zero line of components.
Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Alexander Kristoff's 2018 race machine.