Richard Carapaz ditches gold Pinarello Dogma F to save weight

After just three days of racing at the Giro d’Italia, Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) already finds himself on the back foot after a disappointing time trial on stage 2. The Ecuadorian currently sits in 15th place at 35 seconds behind race leader Simon Yates .

So as Mount Etna looms and with the next chapter of the GC battle set to light up on its slopes, Ineos Grenadiers have unveiled the latest weapon in Carapaz’s arsenal; a new, lighter weight Pinarello Dogma F.

Carapaz has spent the season so far riding a custom painted Dogma F doused in polished gold to mark his current title of Olympic road race champion, which he won at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games last year. However, in an old school out of marginal gains tactics, the team’s bike sponsor Pinarello has provided him with a new, slightly more restrained golden theme – complete with a reworked design that the team claims is lighter.

Richard Carapaz's Pinarello Dogma F for the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Alex Duffill)

Instead of the entire top tube being covered in gold, the latest style is predominantly black, with the gold touches being used for the Pinarello, Dogma, Ineos and Grenadier logos printed about the frame instead.

However, looking at the spec of the bike, the usual narrative of reducing weight in order to meet the UCI’s 6.8kg weight limit can’t have been the primary aim.

Richard Carapaz's Pinarello Dogma F for the Giro d'Italia

Shimano’s C50 tubeless wheels aren’t heavy, but even Shimano itself makes a variety of lighter weight options (Image credit: Alex Duffill)

The difference between frame weights is unconfirmed, but it seems to have enabled the team to continue using heavier, more aerodynamic, and tubeless wheels instead of tubular, while still meeting that 6.8kg limit.

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