The Vuelta a San Juan has attracted some of the biggest teams in the peloton but also much smaller Continental and national teams from across South America, creating a contrast in ability and equipment.
Many of the WorldTour teams have transitioned to disc brakes during the winter and have the best electronic groupsets from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. In contrast, the riders in the smaller teams are often on different bike brands and components, with some frames showing years of use.
The lower teams
The Pro Continental teams are a step down from the WorldTour level and their kit showed it. The Israel Cycling Academy are riding on De Rosa bikes and Conor Dunne has a special white, orange and green colour scheme for his custom made bike to highlight he is Irish national road race champion.
Click or swipe through the gallery above for a full look at the tech on display at the Vuelta a San Juan.
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