This article originally published on BikeRadar
Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) has been the Italian Pro Continental squad's most prolific winner this season, taking nine of the team's 11 victories. Highlights coming into his Tour of Britain debut include a brace of prestigious victories in late August, at the Memorial Marco Pantani and the Coppa Bernocchi.
Previous incarnations of the squad have ridden Colnago bikes, but this year the team swapped for the MCipollini RB1000 frame decked out in Colnago components. Designed by the Mario Cipollini, one of the all-time sprinting greats, the frame is an out-and-out race machine with a strong sense of its own style – much like the Lion King himself.
Looks aside, Modolo – also a rapid sprinter – appears to have made the most of its sure-footedness and good power transfer, qualities that have revealed themselves in reviews. It's no featherweight, however, and Modolo's model came in at 7.42kg (16.3lb).
The monocoque frame's aesthetic is muscular: the chunky tubes and nosecone on the head-tube add up make it an aggressive-looking proposition and, whether you like that or not, there's no denying it's one of the most striking machines in the peloton.
Will Modolo bring extra attention to the frame by capturing his tenth win at the Tour of Britain? The 26-year-old has the form, but time will tell.
Check out our image gallery, right, for details on his MCipollini RB1000.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: MCipollini RB1000, 51.5cm
Headset: Integrated, 1½"-1¼" tapered
Stem: Deda Zero100 Servizio Course 130mm
Handlebars: Deda Newton Shallow 420mm (c-c)
Tape/grips: Prologo OneTouch
Front brake: Campagnolo Record D-Skeleton
Rear brake: Campagnolo Record D-Skeleton
Brake levers: Campagnolo Record 11s Ergopower Ultra-Shift
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11 EPS
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11 EPS
Shift levers: Campagnolo Record 11s Ergopower Ultra-Shift
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11, 11-25
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 11 Ultra Torque 53-39T
Bottom bracket: BB30
Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 2
Front tyre: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX Tubular, 23mm
Rear tyre: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX Tubular, 23mm
Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro
Seat post: Integrated
Bottle cages: Elite Mio Sior (2)
Rider's height: 1.80m (5' 11")
Rider's weight: 67kg (147lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 726mm
Saddle setback: 73mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 515mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 500mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 592mm
Head tube length: 127mm
Top tube length: 560mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.42kg (16.3lb) w/o computer