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Euskaltel-Euskadi show off a new Orbea at the Vuelta, or is it two?

Will Strickson
18 Aug 2021

Long awaited return of the Orange Tide to the Vuelta a Espana celebrated with fresh design of the Orbea Orca OMX, and maybe something else

Euskaltel-Euskadi are finally back at the Vuelta a España, we all love to see that. Sadly they're no longer sporting the Catlike helmets but we'll have to make do with a special edition bike instead.

The Basque ProTeam, nicknamed the Orange Tide, are racing the Vuelta on a freshly designed 'raw carbon' Orbea Orca OMX with orange streaks on the frame, forks and bar tape.

Orbea, which is based in the Basque Country and has supported the team – and the Euskadi Foundation, which works to promote and develop Basque cycling – since its inception, says the raw finish of the bikes also saves over 80g. Handy.

The brand has also announced that the new team colourway of the Orca OMX will also be available for the general public to buy.

That's not all though, two of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team are riding something different with a flashy white and orange frame with blue text that includes a few seemingly random numbers.

It's also what seems to be a more aero frame, which is especially noticeable in the size of the head tube and down tube and the shaping of the seatpost and stays.

We'll certainly be on the lookout over the next couple of weeks.

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