Pro bike check: Domenico Pozzovivo’s Factor Ostro Vam
He may be the oldest rider in the Giro, but his ride is thoroughly modern.
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When Domenico Pozzovivo signed his first pro contract nearly two decades ago, carbon was a new wonder-material in his Colnago bike, tires were glued to rims, brakes meant cork pads grasping rims, and shifting needed physical metal cables to work.
Fast forward to 2023 and the oldest rider in the Giro d’Italia is racing aboard a Factor Ostro Vam bike that, other than the two wheels and general double-diamond frame design, would be unrecognizable to his neo-pro self in 2005.
We took a closer look at the 40-year-old Israel–Pemier Tech rider’s aero race bike for the Giro d’Italia. It’s built with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Black Inc. wheels and cockpit, an FSA crankset, and a Selle Italia saddle.
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