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Vuelta a San Juan: Rarely seen bikes alongside WorldTour tech – Gallery

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Omar Mendoza of Colombian team Medellin-Inder races aboard a Berria BR

Omar Mendoza of Colombian team Medellin-Inder races aboard a Berria BR
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UAE Team Emirates are one of just two WorldTour teams who use Campagnolo drivetrains

UAE Team Emirates are one of just two WorldTour teams who use Campagnolo drivetrains
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A closer look at the Shimano 105 drivetrain

A closer look at the Shimano 105 drivetrain
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Medllin-Inder pair their Berria bikes with Vittoria wheel and tyre combinations

Medllin-Inder pair their Berria bikes with Vittoria wheel and tyre combinations
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Berria bikes was founded by former pro David Vitoria, who raced for the iconic Rock Racing team and BMC Racing

Berria bikes was founded by former pro David Vitoria, who raced for the iconic Rock Racing team and BMC Racing
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Oscar Sevilla has a custom painted Berria

Oscar Sevilla has a custom painted Berria
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The Berria BR features direct mount TRP brakes

The Berria BR features direct mount TRP brakes
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While Bianchi's Oltre XR4 is raced at the WorldTour level by LottoNL-Jumbo, earlier models of Bianchi's frameset are still being raced on at the top level in South America

While Bianchi's Oltre XR4 is raced at the WorldTour level by LottoNL-Jumbo, earlier models of Bianchi's frameset are still being raced on at the top level in South America
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United Healthcare Pro Cycling race aboard Orbea Orca's with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 groupsets

United Healthcare Pro Cycling race aboard Orbea Orca's with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 groupsets
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The majority of the Movistar Team raced aboard Canyon Ultimate framesets over the Aeroad model

The majority of the Movistar Team raced aboard Canyon Ultimate framesets over the Aeroad model
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Stage 3's individual time trial resulted in road bikes being converted into time trial machines for the stage

Stage 3's individual time trial resulted in road bikes being converted into time trial machines for the stage
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Bora-Hansgrohe mechanics work on the team's Specialized Tarmacs

Bora-Hansgrohe mechanics work on the team's Specialized Tarmacs
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Lluis Mas' of Caja Rural's De Rosa Protone

Lluis Mas' of Caja Rural's De Rosa Protone
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Riders from the Argentina national team warm up ahead of the time trial

Riders from the Argentina national team warm up ahead of the time trial
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Daniel Zamora's Colner Calypso

Daniel Zamora's Colner Calypso
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Movistar's hybrid road/time trial set up ahead of stage 3's time trial

Movistar's hybrid road/time trial set up ahead of stage 3's time trial
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Remi Cavagna of Quick-Step Floors wears an ice vest ahead of the time trial in an attempt to keep his core temperature down

Remi Cavagna of Quick-Step Floors wears an ice vest ahead of the time trial in an attempt to keep his core temperature down
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While Shimano Dura-Ace is de rigour in the WorldTour peloton, plenty of Pro Continental teams use Ultegra and 105 still clearly has acceptable performance

While Shimano Dura-Ace is de rigour in the WorldTour peloton, plenty of Pro Continental teams use Ultegra and 105 still clearly has acceptable performance
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Mauricio Knapp of the Brazil national squad shows off his machine

Mauricio Knapp of the Brazil national squad shows off his machine
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UAE Team Emirates can race on Colnago's C60, Concept or V2-R models

UAE Team Emirates can race on Colnago's C60, Concept or V2-R models
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Israel Cycling Academy have distinctive blue metallic flecks on their De Rosa framesets

Israel Cycling Academy have distinctive blue metallic flecks on their De Rosa framesets
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Gold KMC chains also catch the eye on the Israel Cycling Academy De Rosas

Gold KMC chains also catch the eye on the Israel Cycling Academy De Rosas
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Caja Rural riders in discussion ahead of the race

Caja Rural riders in discussion ahead of the race
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Greg LeMond won the Tour de France aboard a Bottechia, now Androni-Sidermec-Bottechia race them at the Pro Continental level

Greg LeMond won the Tour de France aboard a Bottechia, now Androni-Sidermec-Bottechia race them at the Pro Continental level
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Bottechia bikes have a long, Italian heritage

Bottechia bikes have a long, Italian heritage
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Trek-Segafredo use the Trek Madone as the team's aero option

Trek-Segafredo use the Trek Madone as the team's aero option
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Peter Stetina represents his home state of California on the top tube of his Madone

Peter Stetina represents his home state of California on the top tube of his Madone
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Sindicato Empleados Publicos of San Juan had some special wheels for the race

Sindicato Empleados Publicos of San Juan had some special wheels for the race
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Along with the colourful wheel decals, the Dynatek frames also caught the eye

Along with the colourful wheel decals, the Dynatek frames also caught the eye
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Gaston Javier of Sindicato Empleados Publicos of San Juan raced aboard an CKT 398

Gaston Javier of Sindicato Empleados Publicos of San Juan raced aboard an CKT 398
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Dullio Ramos of the Argentina national team races on the lesser know Drag Bluebird

Dullio Ramos of the Argentina national team races on the lesser know Drag Bluebird
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The Bluebird is Drag's aero offering and has similar design features to more well known aero models

The Bluebird is Drag's aero offering and has similar design features to more well known aero models
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Dayer Quintana's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX in the eye-catching Movistar Team colours

Dayer Quintana's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX in the eye-catching Movistar Team colours
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Brazil also had a national team at the race

Brazil also had a national team at the race
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One of the riders raced with a 55-tooth outer chainring from ROTOR

One of the riders raced with a 55-tooth outer chainring from ROTOR
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You could be forgiven for thinking the new Merida Reacto was a time trial bike in its own right

You could be forgiven for thinking the new Merida Reacto was a time trial bike in its own right
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Alongside the Tour Down Under and Mallorca Challenge, the Vuelta a San Juan attracts some of the sport's biggest names as they begin their seasons and test their form.

Seven WorldTour teams made the journey to South America, and while Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) abandoned ahead of stage 1 with illness, Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) all tested their legs and showed off their new 2018 kit. 

With the WorldTour having started in Australia, much of the 2018 WorldTour tech has already been documented. Alongside the more common tech, however, the Vuelta a San Juan showcased bikes from the lower-league South American teams, as well as rising stars from the continent representing their country in their national colours.

Shimano's dominance in the WorldTour sees 16 of the 18 WorldTour teams using at least some of the Japanese component giant's parts, and thus a sea of black, shiny Dura-Ace R9100 series drivetrains. Mauricio Knapp, representing the Brazil national squad at the race, continues the Shimano trend. However, while his colleagues at the race equip their bikes with Shimano's flagship Dura-Ace groupsets, Knapp runs the budget-friendly 105 groupset.

Stage 3 of the race was a 14.4km individual time trial and with many teams travelling from Europe to the race, regular road bikes were used in conjunction with time trial wheelsets and aero helmets.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see the tech on show in Argentina.

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