Opening Weekend tech: Women’s podium bikes from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The old adage tells us that it’s not about the bike but the rider who pilots it, and to an extent, there’s truth in it, there aren’t any truly bad bikes at the WorldTour level. Thanks to the industry’s continual push for faster, lighter, more aero and more compliant, there are certainly some better than others, but the differences are small enough that our sport remains on a level enough playing field. As a result, we can be confident that when a rider does win, it’s based on their performance on the day, not the work of scientists and wind tunnel engineers two years prior.

However, luckily for the tech nerds among us, component choice and spec can still make or break a rider’s day. With that in mind, we got hands-on with the bikes of the fastest three riders at the Elite Women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Annemiek Van Vleuten, Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes, to compare everything from framesets to cassettes.

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