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Pro bike: Wilco Kelderman's Bianchi Oltre XR2

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Wilco Kelderman’s (Team Belkin) Bianchi Oltre XR2

Wilco Kelderman’s (Team Belkin) Bianchi Oltre XR2
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Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 brakes have been lauded for their stopping power

Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 brakes have been lauded for their stopping power
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The Oltre XR2 has a very defined hourglass-shaped head tube

The Oltre XR2 has a very defined hourglass-shaped head tube
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Bladed spokes on the Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels

Bladed spokes on the Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels
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The mount for Kelderman's Pioneer head unit

The mount for Kelderman's Pioneer head unit
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The Bianchi Oltre XR2: it’'s got Kelderman’s name on it

The Bianchi Oltre XR2: it’'s got Kelderman’s name on it
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Kelderman uses a San Marco Concor Team saddle

Kelderman uses a San Marco Concor Team saddle
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Standard aluminium twisted dossard holders for Belkin riders

Standard aluminium twisted dossard holders for Belkin riders
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 front derailleur

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 front derailleur
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A pair of Tacx Uma Carbon bidon cages

A pair of Tacx Uma Carbon bidon cages
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 levers looking neat

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 levers looking neat
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A Pioneer power meter in the Shimano Dura-Ace cranks

A Pioneer power meter in the Shimano Dura-Ace cranks
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Kelderman carried over the 11-28 cassette from yesterday’s medium mountain stage to Col du Béal

Kelderman carried over the 11-28 cassette from yesterday’s medium mountain stage to Col du Béal
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The bike was shod in Vittoria Corsa SC tyres

The bike was shod in Vittoria Corsa SC tyres
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Neat cable ports next to the Bianchi badge

Neat cable ports next to the Bianchi badge
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A couple of steerer spacers and short stem on Kelderman’s cockpit

A couple of steerer spacers and short stem on Kelderman’s cockpit
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FSA provides Team Belkin with bars and stems – in this case a 110mm stem and 420mm wide bars

FSA provides Team Belkin with bars and stems – in this case a 110mm stem and 420mm wide bars
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Kelderman's shoe-worn crank

Kelderman's shoe-worn crank
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Wilco Kelderman has been touted as the next star of Dutch cycling. The label usually comes attached to a big bag of public expectation, but the 23-year-old Belkin rider appears to be carrying it lightly this season. He took seventh at the Giro d'Italia in May – only his second grand tour – and is currently third at the Critérium du Dauphiné where he was almost able to match the pace of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo-Bank) up the slopes of the Col de Béal yesterday.

Kelderman is riding the very stiff Bianchi Oltre XR2, an all-round race bike in a standard team setup. That means Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 throughout, FSA components and, for him, a San Marco saddle tipped slightly forward.

The frame – ridden by most of the team’s stage race group – is a size 57cm. The frame is designed to be as stiff as possible, but there are some nods to comfort: the Oltre XR2 is built with slim seatstays to reduce road vibration and reduce weight without losing power transfer.

Kelderman is built in the Dutch mould – tall and very slender – meaning most of the kit sizes are on the lengthy side too – especially concerning leg measurements. Saddle to the centre of the bottom bracket is 788mm for example.

The bike, though an all-rounder, makes a significant nod to aerodynamics. Cables are internally routed and the front end's sculpted tapered head tube keeps frontal area to a minimum.