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Hugh Carthy's new 'Euphoric' Cannondale time trial bike: gallery

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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

Hugh Carthy's 'Euphoric' Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

The paint theme is said to celebrate people from different backgrounds and nations coming together (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

One of the theme's neat finishing touches (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

The bike is kitted out with Vision's best go-faster tech, including the Metron TFE cockpit (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

The front wheel is a Vision Metron 81 SL, complete with tubeless Vittoria Corsa speed tyres and Muc-Off valves (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

CeramicSpeed's OSPW system is fitted too, which is said to be worth 2.4 watts in drivetrain efficiency (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

The frame's aerodynamic details might be plentiful, but it's soon to be superseded by a new model (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

These Speedplay pedals come from the old crop of stock, prior to Wahoo's takeover of the pedal brand (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

While most of the groupset comes from Shimano's Dura-Ace range, the brakes are supplied by FSA (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

The Vision Trimax bar foregoes bar tape in favour of grip tape (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

With the absence of disc brakes, quick release skewers keep the rim brake wheels where they belong (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)
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Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT bike from the Giro d'Italia

No bottle cage is currently fitted, but Carthy cleverly used this space to hold his race GPS tracker (Image credit: Gruber Images | Ashley Gruber & Jered Gruber)

Just seven months after the close of the previous edition, the 2021 Giro d'Italia got underway on Saturday. 

Returning to its normal early-summer position in the calendar, the race kicked off with a flat 8.6km prologue around the city of Turin. To the surprise of no one, the sub-9km time trial was obliterated by Filippo Ganna, riding the course aboard a stunning new metallic blue time trial bike in 8:47, beating Edoardo Affini into second place by 10 seconds. 

The Italian's bike might have captured the imaginations of the Tifosi, but it wasn't the only new bike on show in Turin. We've already covered Eolo Kometa's stealthy unbranded non-sponsor bikes in our time trial tech highlights, but a few days ahead of the Grande Partenza, it was announced that EF Education-Nippo's bikes were given the Euphoria treatment along with their changeout kit.

The team's GC hope, Hugh Carthy, posted a respectable time of 9:35, 38 seconds down on Ganna and 21 down on arguably the best-placed GC contender, João Almeida. Shortly after the opening stage, we got up close and personal with Carthy's all-new colourful creation. 

Despite the fact that riders such as Rigoberto Urán have been using an all-new Cannondale time trial bike at recent races, the model being used at the Giro d'Italia is the same Cannondale SuperSlice that has been in existence for over half a decade. No details have been given as to when the new bike will launch, so this kaleidoscopic colour scheme could well be a fitting final hurrah for the outgoing model. 

Starting with a blue base coat, Carthy's bike is given a blocky pattern of various colours across the top half of the frame. The Cannondale logo remains in its usual position on the down tube, but in keeping with the theme, it is finished in a contrasting yellow. The top tube is where the majority of the design takes place, with those blocks of colour travelling from the head tube to the seat tube. 

The bike is kitted out with plenty of go-fast tech from Vision, including the Metron TFE carbon fibre cockpit which is fitted to the Trimax carbon base bar. Vision also supplies its Metron wheels. Upfront, Carthy was using the 81mm deep, Metron 81 SL clincher. At the rear, it's unclear whether Carthy was using the Trimax disc, or the hyper-expensive Metron TFW disc, which retails for €4,820.00.

These were shod with Vittoria's Corsa Speed tubeless tyres, likely fitted with Vittoria's Air Liner too. 

The shifting comes courtesy of Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, however, the jockey wheels on the rear derailleur have been swapped for the watt-saving OSPW (Over-Sized Pulley Wheels) from CeramicSpeed. Although, as reported in our tech highlights, Tejay van Garderen was actually using a similar product from Muc-Off. 

When it comes to stopping power, instead of using Shimano's own rim brake calipers, Carthy's bike is actually fitted with the direct-mount rim brake calipers from FSA. FSA also takes care of the chainset, which integrates the NG Eco power meter from Power2Max. 

Carthy's pedals come courtesy of EF's sponsor Speedplay, although despite the recent relaunch of Speedplay within the Wahoo Fitness portfolio, the pedals in use are the older, now-superseded version of Speedplay's Aero pedals. 

Hugh Carthy's Cannondale SuperSlice TT: Specification
FrameCannondale SuperSlice TT
GroupsetShimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2
Brake leversShimano Dura-Ace Di2 mechanical
Brake calipersFSA Direct Mount Caliper
Front wheelVision Metron 81 SL
Rear WheelVision (Metron TFW / Trimax)
Base barVision Trimax base bar
ExtensionsVision Metron TFE
Power MeterPower2Max NG Eco
PedalsSpeedplay Aero
TyresVittoria Corsa Speed TLR
Tubeless ValvesMuc-Off
ComputerGarmin Edge 1030 Plus
Bottle CagesN/A
BottlesN/A
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Josh Croxton

Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.