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Pro bike: Chris Horner’s Merida Reacto Evo

New team and a new bike for the Vuelta a Espana champion

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks for Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Horner.

Horner became the oldest rider in history to win a Grand Tour in 2013 but was without a team at the start of the new season after Trek Factory Racing failed to renew the 42-year-old’s contract.

But, with the first WorldTour race of the season, the Tour Down Under, already over, Horner finally found a ride for the year after signing a deal with Italian team Lampre-Merida at the end of January.

Ten days later and Horner arrived in Mallorca from San Diego to meet his new team – and his new bike. We spotted Horner astride his team issue Merida Reacto Evo as Lampre-Merida’s mechanics hastily built the veteran’s new steed ahead of his first training ride.

That gave Horner one outing to get accustomed to his new steed before lining up for day two of the Iberostar Challenge Mallorca, where he helped team-mate Sacha Modolo to victory.

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RoadCyclingUK attended Challenge Majorca with race sponsor Iberostar, staying at the Iberostar Playa de Muro hotel in Alcudia. For more information visit


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