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California Pro Bike: Bling’s Giant TCR Advanced SL

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (VN) — Aussies are known for getting to the line quickly in a bunch sprint. The latest two-wheeled bullet to come out of the land Down Under is Michael “Bling” Matthews. He’s already the current U-23 world champion thanks to a final kick in Geelong that left Taylor Phinney and others in his wake.

The 5-foot-10 20-year-old rides, like all his Rabobank teammates, a Giant TCR Advanced SL. This will soon change though, as Giant is about to announce a new top-of-the-line road machine. For now he’s rolling on a full Shimano-equipped Giant with Di2 sprint shifters, prototype carbon pedals and C35 mid-section wheels. Fi’zi:k handles saddles and Tacx takes care of carrying bottles.