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Spotted: Visma-Lease a Bike race a new Cervelo P5 at Volta Algarve

Wout van Aert and teammates raced a new unreleased Cervelo time trial bike we think is a new P5.

Ronan Mc Laughlin
by Ronan Mc Laughlin 17.02.2024 Photography by
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The Cervelo P5 has been among the benchmark World Tour time trial bikes over the past half-decade or so since its last update. But as in any sport, standing still is falling behind, and it seems Cervelo now has a new P5 with the entire Visma-Lease a Bike squad racing the new bike in today’s Volta Algarve time trial stage.

The stage result didn’t go Visma or Cervelo’s way in the Algarve, but the new bike, although appearing similar at first glance, features plenty of updates. Van Aert, Vingegaard, and their Visma teammates will be hoping those updates prove to be upgraded, although, on the face of it, many of them appear to be targeting gravitational forces rather than aerodynamic drag. That’s a trend we expect to see gather at pace in coming months and years as many race organisers turn to ever hillier time trials in an attempt to add some spice to the race of truth.

Escape Collective contacted Cervelo for comment on the new bike, but unsurprisingly, the brand didn’t want to reveal too much just yet, simply stating, “At this stage, we cannot comment in detail; the team is testing a new TT bike.” Nevertheless, in the meantime, we can speculate: here’s what we think we see in the new bike.

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