With Samuel Sanchez still recovering from his Giro d’Italia exploits, it was down to Spaniard Igor Anton to take team leadership reigns at Euskaltel-Euskadi and aboard a brand new Orbea Orca to boot.

We’re informed that the new version is lighter, stiffer and more aero over the previous Orca.

The dual compatible (mechanical or electronic) frame was rigged up with a full Shimano sponsorship package, a standard 53/39 with a pair of 170mm cranks and a 11/28 cassette.

Di2 cabling now takes an interesting route thanks to a removable front cable guide wedge. With no need for large cable arches, the wiring on display between battery, mounted underneath the chainstay and rear mech, is minimal thanks to a neat exit point at the bottom of the seat stay.

What is less common is the lack of power data Anton has access too – running just a simple Polar speedo/heart rate set-up.



Customised carbon number mount



The front wedge can be swapped out for mechnical cabling



Minimal Di2 wiring on display

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