Michael Matthews will ride a custom painted Bianche Oltre XR4 in the upcoming Tour de France, with a frame featuring the traditional hues Celeste, gray, green, pink and purple which all react differently to different lighting conditions.
The frame that the Team BikeExchange rider will use to travel the roads of France was designed by the Reparto Corse racing division of Bianchi. The design features iridescent inserts on the Bianchi logo on the down tube and on the Oltre XR4 logo found on the top tube.“My Oltre XR4 is gorgeous, thanks to this hand-painted Italian paint job,” Matthews said. “For the way I ride and the stages I can do well in, this bike has it all: it’s super aerodynamic and it sprints fast. It’s a Reparto Corse model so I know it gives me the best performance a pro rider could ask for. The frame is super sculpted, thin, and everything is hidden and integrated, it’s just beautiful. ”
The word “believe” is also inscribed on the top tube, to remind Matthews to watch during one of cycling’s toughest races.
“I like this slogan because it’s important to fight and believe in yourself in a sport as physically and mentally difficult as cycling,” said Matthews. “In a race where there are tough times, a little slogan like this can make a difference. I have to believe in myself, I can push hard and, I can make my dreams come true ”
This season is not the first time that the three-time Tour de France stage winner has climbed aboard a Bianchi. The Australian rode a branded bike until victory at the U23 World Championships in 2010 and now his team have signed Bianchi as their bike sponsor.