Diego Ulissi lined up at the Tour Down Under alongside former world champion Rui Costa as joint team leaders of UAE Team Emirates.
Built from the original Lampre-Merida set-up at the end of the 2016 season, UAE Team Emirates have one of the strongest Italian contingents in the peloton despite being registered in the United Arab Emirates.
The Italian connections continue with the team equipped with bikes from the legendary frame builders Colnago and have the choice of the C60, Concept or V2-R road models.
UAE Team Emirates pair their frames with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets, Campagnolo Bora Ultra wheels, Vittoria tubular tyres, cockpits from Dedacciai, bottle cages from Elite and saddles from Prologo.
Look pedals, a Power2Max power meter and a Garmin computer mount, from France, Germany and the United States respectively, were the only components on the bike not from Italy.
Ulissi opts for the V2-R frameset from the Colnago line-up, which sports direct mount rim brakes and a semi-aero design. Launched last June, the bike also features a threaded bottom bracket and a proprietary D-profile seat post.
Frame: Colnago V2-R monocoque carbon fibre, size 48s
Fork: Colnago V2-R monocoque carbon fibre
Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record direct mount
Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record direct mount
Brake/shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-29
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record with Power2Max crankset, 53/39, 172.5mm cranks
Wheels: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa, 25mm tubular
Handlebars: Dedacciai Superleggero, 410mm
Stem: Dedacciai Superleggero, 135mm
Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
Saddle: Prologo Scratch 2 CPC Airing Nack
Seat post: Colnago V2-R
Bottle cages: Elite Vico Carbon
Rider’s height: 1.75m
Saddle height from BB (c-t): 720mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 480mm
Top tube length (c-c): 518mm
Tip of saddle nose to handlebars: 560mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.13kg