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You may not have heard much about Stefan Denifl the 22-year-old Austrian rider who last year signed a two year contract with the Cervelo test Team, but after his two year stint with Team Elk Haus-Simplon, his 8th in the overall classification at the Tour of Austria and his 7th in the Bayern Rundfahrt, many feel he will be one to watch! He is a talented young rider with a passion for climbing and has the stamina to test the most experienced time trialists.

From the first day the team at Castelli met with Stefan, he had already done his homework about the innovative advantages of Castelli clothing. “A lot of riders have been talking about how fast the Cervélo kit is.” Denifl said. Stefan, who lives outside Innsbruck, often drives across the Italian border to find warmer a climate for training. Over the last three months, Stefan has already proven to be part of the Cervélo TestTeam by testing and helping in product development on the Castelli Winter 2010 collection.

Here are three of Stefan’s favourites:

MEZZO WS JACKET (New for Winter2010)

I almost couldn’t believe how light and comfortable it was and how well it kept the wind out. With a weight of only 359 g, fully windproof and with water protection, you hardly feel it on. The Windstopper® X-Lite fabric makes it warm enough for even cold rides and very stretchy in all directions. Good for a temperature range around 5°C to 12°C degrees.

Probikekit will have these as soon as they become available later in the year.

DILUVIO GLOVES

The Diluvio are my favourite gloves, they are light and amazingly warm even in very cold temperatures. You just need to wear them properly. When putting on the gloves right before heading out on a cold day, no moisture built up and my hands stayed dry (but a bit cold). But, if I put them on while my hands were still warm, they stayed that way during the full ride. Temperature range: -4°C to 10°C degrees.

These gloves will be available again next winter. It may feel like spring has called in sick, but it’s just around the corner!

MANNAGGIA!

This jacket has a fabulous “anatomic fit” and a whole range of off-season conditions. I was wearing nothing under it except for a lightweight baselayer and when going uphill, I’d regulate the temperature with the chest zip vents and undo the main zip a bit at times — it really is an exceptionally warm winter jacket, perfect for riding in cold conditions and great styling. Temperature range: -5°C to 10°C degrees.

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