Steel and Grit

Steel is real: Eddy Merckx Corsa

Today's stage to the cobble streets on the Champs-Elysees is never without fanfare. AG2R rides the Belgian brand Eddy Merckx. Working with Columbus, Oliver Naesen will ride on the new Corsa, made completely from Columbus steel. According to Eddy Merckx Cycles: The Corsas are welded from a combination of Columbus Xcr (stainless steel) and Spirit HSS (high quality and light steel). The design contains a few clear references to the bike with which Eddy won the Tour of 1969.

"You have a bike that is very close to your favourite carbon racer, but cycles so much more comfortably and is therefore 100 times better."
-Oliver Naesen

Eddy riding his De Rosa on the Puy-de-dome. 1969 TdF