Race-ready Colnago Prototipo breaks cover

A black Colnago Prototipo in a warehouse
(Image credit: Colnago)

As referenced in its name, the Colnago Prototipo is a new prototype race bike from the Italian bicycle maker. For now, it will be available exclusively to riders of UAE Team Emirates in five different trim grades but will soon be narrowed down to one option based on rider feedback. The Prototipo will be raced by the team at the 2022 Tour de France where Tadej Pogačar will look to defend his title.

The Slovenian has already been out and about sampling the Prototipo as part of the development process, but the whole team will now have access to the bike for in-competition testing from today - as part of the final testing phase ahead of sign-off. UAE Team Emirates riders will now be able to choose between the Prototipo and existing Colnago V3Rs depending on the race parcours.

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB