Speaker 1: Sebastián Molano is a 25-year-old
Colombian cyclist who currently rides for the UAE Team Emirates. He started his career
on the track but now his strength is in bunched sprints on the road. In fact, he won three
stages in the Tour Colombia 2.1 just this year. Enough about the rider though. What
about the bike? UAE Team Emirates, are the latest in a long
line of teams lucky enough to be able to ride bikes from Italian brand Colnago. Molano chooses
their aerodynamic concept model, a frame that saves him 20 watts compared to the flagship
C64 model at race pace, but does weigh in a little more at 990 grams for the frame.
Now, technically this bike should probably be called the Concept 2 because Colnago’s
first Concept was just that, a collaboration in 1986 with Ferrari. It was one of the first
carbon bikes and it had a gearbox with internal gears.
Anyway, back to the future, this one as you can see is not Ferrari red but in a custom
black color for the team with the UAE logo in red as well as the team’s flag. Now, it’s
a very simple design but in my opinion, it’s super nice, especially with that matching
stem which is from Deda and also the Prologo saddle which is the Scratch MS model.
Now, interestingly Molano and the team have opted for rim brakes which is quite a striking
choice when most of the peloton are using disc brakes these days. Undoubtedly rim brakes
are still lighter and perhaps still easier for pro mechanics to work on but it’s certainly
not anything to do with Colnago who were actually one of the first brands to put discs on road
bikes, even commissioning their own brakes before SRAM and Shimano made their own.
Molano measures in at 1.83 meters tall and uses a size 53 frame, which is on the small
side for his height. To get the reach he needs, he’s got a 140-millimeter stem. The handlebars
are 40 centimeters wide and have internal wired routing and, like the bike, are very
aesthetic with a clean look. Like the stem, they are Deda as well, wrapped with black
Colnago handlebar tape. The bike is fitted with a 12 speed Campagnolo super record groupset
and the team use Campagnolo Bora WTO wheels. In this case, Molano has opted for a 45-millimeter
rim depth. Although they’re not Super Aero at just 1,496 grams for the pair, they are
plenty light enough for the hilly Columbia 2.1 race. They’re shod with Vittoria Corsa
Tubeless Graphene 2.025-millimeter tires that supposedly are one of the fastest tire setups
currently in the pro peloton. As for the chainset, Molano is using standard 53/39 chainrings
with a 172.5-millimeter Super Record carbon cranks fitted with a Stages Power meter. Pedals
are Carbon KEO Blades from Look. 12-speed cassette is an 11/29 in this case, although
of course, that will change daily to respond to different terrain and stages being ridden.
Now, some final extra details to mention. We see here that he has a blue-chip on the
right fork blade that serves to keep track of his time during stages of the tour of Columbia,
as well as his number, number 14. Finally, the bike is complete with black and white
Carbon Elite Vico bottlecages. Make sure you let us know in the comments section what you
think of Sebastián Molano’s bike. Remember that if you want to see any more of our pro
bikes, you can find them all in the GCN app. [music]
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