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Pro Bike: Carlos Ochoa's Androni Giocattoli Bianchi Sempre Pro

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Androni Giocatolli - Venezuela are using the Bianchi Sempre Pro in 2013

Androni Giocatolli - Venezuela are using the Bianchi Sempre Pro in 2013
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The team used the 23mm Hutchinson Carbon Comp tubular tyres

The team used the 23mm Hutchinson Carbon Comp tubular tyres
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The Italian term was unfazed by UCI regulations stipulating that 'lawyer' tabs could not be removed

The Italian term was unfazed by UCI regulations stipulating that 'lawyer' tabs could not be removed
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The Sempre Pro features a BB30 bottom bracket shell with the front derailleur cable passing through the lower junction

The Sempre Pro features a BB30 bottom bracket shell with the front derailleur cable passing through the lower junction
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The rear brake cable has a small alloy insert that can be removed during cable replacement

The rear brake cable has a small alloy insert that can be removed during cable replacement
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FSA supply the brakes to the Italian team once again

FSA supply the brakes to the Italian team once again
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Time Xpresso 8 Carbon pedals for Carlos Ochoa's Bianchi Sempre

Time Xpresso 8 Carbon pedals for Carlos Ochoa's Bianchi Sempre
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They might not save much weight but carbon brake shoes look the part, perhaps the mechanic could straighten this one before the stage starts

They might not save much weight but carbon brake shoes look the part, perhaps the mechanic could straighten this one before the stage starts
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Elite cages are the most popular choice for professional teams and amateurs alike

Elite cages are the most popular choice for professional teams and amateurs alike
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The team had the Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR fitted for the flatter stages

The team had the Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR fitted for the flatter stages
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Not all professionals are as flexible as Ryder Hesdejal (Garmin) or Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol), Ochoa needed a more upright position that some of his other teammates

Not all professionals are as flexible as Ryder Hesdejal (Garmin) or Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol), Ochoa needed a more upright position that some of his other teammates
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The FSA K-Force post was doing a fine job of securing the Fi'zi:k Antares saddle

The FSA K-Force post was doing a fine job of securing the Fi'zi:k Antares saddle
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A tidy race number holder was fitted to Ochoa's bike, this particular one is made from a pannier rack bracket

A tidy race number holder was fitted to Ochoa's bike, this particular one is made from a pannier rack bracket
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A 172.5mm FSA K-Force Light crankset was fitted to this Sempre Pro

A 172.5mm FSA K-Force Light crankset was fitted to this Sempre Pro
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The team mechanic tucked the front derailleur cable neatly out of the way for easy adjustment during servicing

The team mechanic tucked the front derailleur cable neatly out of the way for easy adjustment during servicing
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The rear section of gear cable is external which can make lubing the last piece of outer cable much quicker than internal systems

The rear section of gear cable is external which can make lubing the last piece of outer cable much quicker than internal systems
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Ochoa was using 420mm K-Force Compact carbon bars

Ochoa was using 420mm K-Force Compact carbon bars
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Cycleops Joule computers were installed to each of the Androni bikes

Cycleops Joule computers were installed to each of the Androni bikes
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The Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela team has enjoyed a near-perfect run at the Tour de Langkawi over the last five years with Bianchi a key partner in the most recent overall victories in 2012 and 2011 - won riding the Bianchi Oltre. The squad arrived at this year's addition without a definitive leader but that didn't mean they would pass up the chance of making it three-in-a-row.

The team has made significant adjustments to its equipment for 2013 but the frame sponsor Bianchi has remained unchanged. This year however, sees the team swap the Oltre for the Sempre Pro.

The Sempre which translates to "always" is a bike that is designed for just that, every condition and every rider. The 1,040g frame incoprates Bianchi's monocoque nano-carbon technology with UTSS (Ultra Thin Seat Stay) and a 1 1/2 - 1 1/8inch fork to produce an ensemble that is perfect for the rigours of professionals and enthusiasts alike. Sempre's utilise the BB30 bottom bracket system and internal cable routing along with electronic groupset compatibility - also seen on the Oltre.

Campagnolo has come on board as the component supplier with Super Record fitted to the entire fleet. The addition of the Italian manufacturer's ensembles complements the Campagnolo-owned Fulcrum wheels - which were used in 2012 and remain integral to the sponsorship arrangement.

Carlos Ochoa, one of the elder statesmen on the team was at the Langkawi to support the team's general classification ambitions and had his bike set-up for the opening sprint stages.

Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR tubulars were used for the first two days at Langkawi however, the team had options for when the race hit the mountains on stages three and five with the Racing Light XLR tubular also on hand in Malaysia.

Similar to last year, the squad's Bianchi bikes were fitted with a full complement of FSA components with the popular controls manufacturer delivering brakes, cranks, handlebars, stems and headsets to Gianni Savio's men.

Rounding out the bike is a CycleOps Joule head unit, which replaces the Garmin Edge 500 units used in 2012 but there is no arrangement to use the PowerTap powermeter hubs for racing. The team is also supplied with Time pedals with Ochoa opting for the Xpresso 8 Carbon model while the ever-popular Elite Sio cages keep a firm grasp of the team's bidons.

Total weight as pictured (without bidons) is 6.80kg (14.99lbs).

 

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Bianchi Sempre Pro Carbon, 57cm
Fork: Bianchi Full Carbon B4P, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2"
Headset: Fsa Orbit CE Plus integrated, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered 
Stem: FSA OS-99 CSI, 120mm x -6 degree 
Handlebars: FSA K-Force Compact Carbon, 420mm centre-to-centre
Tape/grips: FSA 
Front brake: FSA Gossamer Pro w/ carbon-specific cork pads
Rear brake: FSA Gossamer Pro w/ carbon-specific cork pads
Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record 
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record, clamp-on 34.9mm
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 
Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-25T
Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: FSA K-Force Light with silver AL7075 CNC chainrings, 172.5mm, 53/39T 
Bottom bracket: BB30 ceramic
Pedals: Time Expresso 8 Carbon
Front wheel: Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR tubular 
Rear wheel: Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR tubular 
Front tire: Hutchinson Carbon Comp, 23mm 
Rear tire: Hutchinson Carbon Comp, 23mm 
Saddle: Fi'zi:k Antares w/ carbon rail 
Seatpost: FSA K-Force SB25, set-back 25mm, 34.9mm 
Bottle cages: Elite Sio (2) 
Computer: CycleOps Joule

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.80m (5' 11") 
Rider's weight: 64kg (141lb) 
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 750mm 
Seat tube length, c-t: 520mm 
Seat tube length, c-c: 490mm 
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 580mm 
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 900mm
Head tube length: 160mm 
Top tube length: 540mm