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New Canyon Ultimate CF SLX spotted

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Nairo Quintana's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Nairo Quintana's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Bucking the trend for wider rubber, Quintana was running rock-hard 22s for the Route du Sud

Bucking the trend for wider rubber, Quintana was running rock-hard 22s for the Route du Sud (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 wheels

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 wheels (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Quintana's setup is appropriately aggressive

Quintana's setup is appropriately aggressive (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Look Keo Blade pedal

Look Keo Blade pedal (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Movistar uses Campagnolo's top-end Super Record groupset

Movistar uses Campagnolo's top-end Super Record groupset (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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All seatposts should have this

All seatposts should have this (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Fizik Antares saddle

Fizik Antares saddle (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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A race timing chip

A race timing chip (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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A substantial bottom bracket

A substantial bottom bracket (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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It's hard to say if the frame's tube profiles have changed radically

It's hard to say if the frame's tube profiles have changed radically (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Quintana doesn't need hugely wide bars

Quintana doesn't need hugely wide bars (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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The seat cluster is noticeably different looking on the new bike

The seat cluster is noticeably different looking on the new bike (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Just in case you were in any doubt

Just in case you were in any doubt (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Quintana's custom Power2Max power meter

Quintana's custom Power2Max power meter (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)
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Certified badass Nairo Quintana looks utterly unperturbed on the start line

Certified badass Nairo Quintana looks utterly unperturbed on the start line (Image credit: Matthew Allen / Immediate Media)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

While many teams use the Tour de France to showcase new bikes, all recognise that it would be madness to go into the race on completely untested kit.

The Route du Sud, held in the South of France over four days, is one of the very last races in the build-up to the Tour. It’s an opportunity for teams and riders to finalise their equipment and to get a measure of their form before embarking on three gruelling weeks of racing. For journalists, it’s a chance to spot exciting new things before they’ve officially been unveiled.

WorldTour team Movistar is home to GC contender and king of the game face Nairo Quintana. It’s sponsored by Canyon, and while some riders were on the slick Aeroad CF SLX, the Colombian climber’s bike is something new – a revised version of the ultra-light Ultimate CF SLX.

We don’t have specifics yet, but there are at least a couple of visible changes compared with the previous version. The seatstays start slightly further forward and are less blended in at the seat cluster, and if our eyes aren’t deceiving us, the fork is wider at the crown. (It’s safe to say that Canyon will claim this to be lighter, stiffer and more comfortable, because bike industry…)

Quintana is a diminutive chap at just 167cm (5ft 6in) and his frame looks tiny alongside those of much of the peloton. The bike is kitted out with a full Campagnolo EPS groupset, along with matching Bora Ultra 50mm carbon tubular wheels. Aside from its small size, the bike’s other distinctive feature is Quintana’s custom Power2Max power meter spider, which celebrates his 2014 Giro d’Italia win.

We’re attending the launch of this bike so we’ll be able to bring you more details imminently, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on the gallery above.