Os­car Ro­driguezõs or­bea orca omr

The Basque team’s Vuelta stage-win­ning green ma­chine

Cycling Weekly - - TECH PRO BIKE -

Or­bea was for 20 years syn­ony­mous with Euskalteleuskadi, its iconic orange bikes car­ry­ing Basque rid­ers to count­less vic­to­ries, urged up the Pyre­nean climbs by the ‘orange tide’ of fans un­til the team’s govern­ment spon­sor­ship dried up in 2013.

Five years on, Or­bea is win­ning again at the Vuelta with a new Basque team. Os­car Ro­driguez, 23, rode this Orca to a beau­ti­ful solo vic­tory in Vuelta stage 13 for Euskadi Murias — a first Grand Tour vic­tory for both rider and team surely rep­re­sent­ing a new be­gin­ning for the bike brand as well as for Basque cy­cling.

The orange gives way to the green of the spon­sor, a build­ing firm — but the Orca name re­mains, the splic­ing of ‘Or­bea’ and ‘car­bon’ that has denoted the flag­ship model since 2003.

The team can choose be­tween this bike, the Orca OMR, and the Orca Aero, which is the more aero op­tion. But for win­ning on the ex­treme gra­di­ents of La Cam­per­ona, the light­weight OMR was the ob­vi­ous choice.

Mo­ti­va­tional mes­sage on the down tube

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