George Bennett’s Bianchi Oltre XR4

Not-yet-released Bianchi features aero updates

Lotto-Jumbo is racing a not-yet-released aero bike at the Tour de France. George Bennett and his teammates are on the Bianchi Oltre XR4, in iconic celeste blue, which has several new features compared to its predecessors.

The Bianchi Oltre XR1 and XR2 both feature oversized, bladed tubes, a recessed fork crown and hourglass-shaped head tube that tapers smoothly back into the lowered top tube.

The Bianchi Oltre XR4 keeps those basic characteristics, but takes the aero advantages even further. The XR4 is equipped with deeper tubing as well as more integration around the headset, seat clamp and rear dropouts.

The new swooping forks are equipped with direct-mount Dura-Ace brakes and the design shares similarities with the latest forks on the Pinarello Dogma F8.

Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 direct-mount brakes offer perhaps the best rim-brake power on the market: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 direct-mount brakes offer perhaps the best rim-brake power on the market
Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 direct-mount brakes offer perhaps the best rim-brake power on the market: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 direct-mount brakes offer perhaps the best rim-brake power on the market

The new bike also features a redesigned rear end, with the chainstays dropping beneath the rear axle.

Countervail carbon technology reduces vibrations throughout the frame structure offering a comfortable ride, Bianchi claims.

The Lotto-Jumbo Oltre CR4 is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, a Pioneer power meter and Dura-Ace C50 wheels. George Bennett opts for a climbing switch satellite shifter on his bars for use whilst climbing.

FSA SL-K stems are popular with pros as they offer drops up to -17 — good for getting a low position: FSA SL-K stems are popular with pros as they offer drops up to -17 — good for getting a low position
FSA SL-K stems are popular with pros as they offer drops up to -17 — good for getting a low position: FSA SL-K stems are popular with pros as they offer drops up to -17 — good for getting a low position

The Italian frame is finished with FSA bars and seatpost, and a Selle San Marco Aspide Racing saddle completes the bike.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see more of the New Zealander’s bike.

Bianchi has an XR1, an XR2 and, soon, an XR4. What happened to the XR3? We have no idea: Bianchi has an XR1, an XR2 and, soon, an XR4. What happened to the XR3? We have no idea
Bianchi has an XR1, an XR2 and, soon, an XR4. What happened to the XR3? We have no idea: Bianchi has an XR1, an XR2 and, soon, an XR4. What happened to the XR3? We have no idea

Josh Evans

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Josh has been a fan of road racing since a youngster, partly due to an obsession with a certain Texan during his earlier years. Josh is now based in Bristol via running a popular cycling cafe in Surrey near where he grew up.
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