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Louis Meintjes' Colnago V2-R is about as Italian as it gets

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Louis Meintjes' Colnago V2-R

Louis Meintjes' Colnago V2-R (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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All Italian everything (except the computer)

All Italian everything (except the computer) (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Gear and brake internal routing via the top tube

Gear and brake internal routing via the top tube (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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The iconic Italian brand is emblazoned on the down tube

The iconic Italian brand is emblazoned on the down tube (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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The V1-R had its rear brake located underneath the bottom bracket, the V2-R's rear brake is in the traditional location

The V1-R had its rear brake located underneath the bottom bracket, the V2-R's rear brake is in the traditional location (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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An improved bottom bracket design claims to have increased stiffness by 13 per cent versus the V1-R

An improved bottom bracket design claims to have increased stiffness by 13 per cent versus the V1-R (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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The now common D-profile seat post improves comfort whilst riding

The now common D-profile seat post improves comfort whilst riding (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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A cut-out saddle adds extra flexibility to the saddle

A cut-out saddle adds extra flexibility to the saddle (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Even the Elite Vico Carbon bottle cages are Italian

Even the Elite Vico Carbon bottle cages are Italian (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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The new integrated seat post clamp is an update on the traditional clamp that its predecessor, the V1-R, featured

The new integrated seat post clamp is an update on the traditional clamp that its predecessor, the V1-R, featured (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Standard 53/39T chainrings and a Power2Max power meter for Meintjes

Standard 53/39T chainrings and a Power2Max power meter for Meintjes (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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You might think Colnago would position their 'club' logo slightly lower so it doesn't clash with the internal cable routing port

You might think Colnago would position their 'club' logo slightly lower so it doesn't clash with the internal cable routing port (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Gum-wall Vittoria Corsa 25mm clincher tyres

Gum-wall Vittoria Corsa 25mm clincher tyres (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Unlike Shimano or SRAM, Campagnolo has thumb shifters in conjunction with the lever shifters

Unlike Shimano or SRAM, Campagnolo has thumb shifters in conjunction with the lever shifters (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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The Dedacciai alloy cockpit is finished with a Barfly out-front computer mount

The Dedacciai alloy cockpit is finished with a Barfly out-front computer mount (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Louis Meintjes opts for a Garmin Edge 520 computer

Louis Meintjes opts for a Garmin Edge 520 computer (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Louis Meintjes runs 172.5mm cranks

Louis Meintjes runs 172.5mm cranks (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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UAE Team Emirates' bikes are equipped with Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals

UAE Team Emirates' bikes are equipped with Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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One of the key features on the Colnago V2-R is the direct-mount brakes

One of the key features on the Colnago V2-R is the direct-mount brakes (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Meintjes' perch is a Selle Italia SLR Superflow Team Edition saddle

Meintjes' perch is a Selle Italia SLR Superflow Team Edition saddle (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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Meintjes opted for an 11-29 cassette for stage 4 of the race

Meintjes opted for an 11-29 cassette for stage 4 of the race (Image credit: Josh Evans)

This article was originally published on BIkeRadar

Colnago launched its V2-R last month, and Louis Meintjes is racing one for UAE Team Emirates at the Tour de France.

An update from Colnago's V1-R, the V2-R features improved bottom bracket stiffness, a new head tube layup, an integrated seat clamp and direct-mount brakes, which allow tyre clearances of 28mm.

Excluding the computer, computer mount, pedals and power meter, the Team UAE Emirates edition Colnago has Italian everything. Campagnolo provides the Super Record EPS groupset, and the Campagnolo Bora Ultra wheels are paired with Vittoria tubulars.

Louis Meintjes' Colnago V2-R

A Dedacciai alloy cockpit and Selle Italia saddle continue the Italian trend, while Garmin and Barfly provide the computer and out-front mount respectively.
Meintjes runs standard gearing of 53/39t chainrings and an 11-29t cassette, and opts for 172.5mm cranks.

The UAE Team Emirates riders have a choice of the Colnago V2-R, C60 or the aerodynamic Concept framesets for the Tour de France.

• Frameset: Colnago V2-R
• Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record direct mount
• Brake/shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
• Front/rear derailleurs: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
• Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-29t
• Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
• Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record with Power2Max power meter, 53/39t, 172.5mm cranks
• Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35
• Tyres: Vittoria Corsa 25mm tubular
• Handlebars: Dedacciai Zero100 alloy
• Stem: Dedacciai Zero100 alloy
• Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
• Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Superflow Team Edition
• Bottle cages: Elite Vico Carbon
• Computer: Garmin Edge 520
• Other accessories: Barfly out-front mount