Kruijswijk grazes win in pink with Specialissima
The 99th Giro d'Italia uphill ITT stage 15, 10,9 km from Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi (Northern Italy) on Sunday, May 22nd re-affirmed Dutch Steven Kruijswijk and Bianchi Specialissima among the main protagonists of the race. Team LottoNL-Jumbo's rider in pink jersey delivered a strong performance on his exclusive black Specialissima with celeste inserts and pink handlebar tapes, placing second by 16 hundreths of second behind the Russian Alexander Foliforov. Both clocked 28:39, 23 seconds faster than Alejandro Valverde, 40 than Esteban Chaves, 47 than Ilnur Zakarin and 2:10 than Vincenzo Nibali.
The impressive result achieved on the Alpe di Siusi allowed Kruijswijk to strengthen his GC lead, with a 2:12 advantage on Chaves and 2:51 on Nibali.
Bianchi’s Specialissima frame changed the game in the ultralight frame category thanks to the special tuning process of MSC's patented Countervail® integrated vibration cancelling system for cycling, developed for NASA by Materials Sciences Corporation. The new Bianchi’s Countervail® ultralight carbon formula is specifically tuned to smooth out the inherent nervousness of ultralight frames. Excellent traction and stability at high speeds makes Bianchi's Specialissima ideal tackling different types of surfaces during fast accelerations and super high-speed corners when maximum power and control are essential.
In addition to Specialissima, Bianchi supplies Team LottoNL-Jumbo with three more bikes: Oltre XR.2, Infinito CV and TT Aquila CV bikes.