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Ze­fal Vin­tage bot­tle cage £12.99, chick­en­cy­clekit.co.uk

Bikes such as th­ese are all about the small de­tails, so while it might seem fussy, bot­tle cage choice is im­por­tant, as you def­i­nitely need wa­ter in Tus­cany, and a skinny steel bike will be com­pletely un­der­mined by any­thing other than a proper metal cage. All the bet­ter if it’s fin­ished with lit­tle wraps of leather. Bel­lis­simo.

Ash­mei KOM jer­sey £129, ash­mei.com

As far as dress­ing for the con­di­tions goes, this jer­sey was on point. Our early start was cool and the KOM kept me warm, but as the tem­per­a­ture climbed I didn’t over­heat. Ash­mei says that’s down to the merino wool mix. All I know is it’s in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able. And most im­por­tantly, it matched the De Rosa’s Rosso red per­fectly.

Quoc Night shoes £219, quocpham.com

I like the look of lace-up cycling shoes but of­ten find they bite into the foot. I had no such is­sues here, pos­si­bly due to the lac­ing pat­tern that dou­bles over in two ar­eas up the foot to give more solid an­chor points. The sup­ple up­pers had that cos­set­ted trainer feel, while the com­pos­ite sole felt stiff enough for ef­fi­cient ped­alling.

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