About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


Mega Tech Gallery: Race bikes for all 22 Tour de France teams

Every member of the pro peloton has access to a dedicated time trial machine, plus at least two or three road bikes. Aero, lightweight, compliant – there’s usually a bike that focuses specifically on one of those coveted characteristics. Here are some – but certainly not all – of those beautiful race machines.

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Analysis: Do disc brakes belong in the pro peloton?

There are strong arguments — and advocates — on both sides of this debate. But one thing seems clear, disc brakes are coming to top level racing whether people like it or not.

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2014 Tour de France: Kittel wins finale in Paris, Nibali secures yellow

The 2014 Tour de France wraps up with another stage win for German Marcel Kittel, and the crowning of overall champion Vincenzo Nibali.

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2014 Tour de France: Garmin’s Navardauskas grabs solo Stage 19 win

After losing its GC leader, then losing a stage win 10 meters from the line, Garmin-Sharp finally breaks through.

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2014 Tour de France: Stage 18 Results

Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali grabbed his fourth stage win at this year’s Tour de France on Thursday. He now has a 7-plus-minute lead over second place.

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Tour de France Tech: Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Team Machine SLR01

Bike of choice for the top American in this year’s Tour de France.

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2014 Tour de France: Stage 17 Results

Contador who? Team Tinkoff-Saxo may have lost its GC leader, but it continues to impress at the Tour de France. On Wednesday, Rafal Majka snagged his second stage win a day after teammate Michael Rogers got one of his own.

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Tour de France Tech: Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod

Get an up close look at the bike that’s been looking back at you during the Tour de France.

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Review: Pactimo Summit Jersey and Summit Raptor Bibs

Reasonably priced combo with classic styling and top-line functionality. Find out why.

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2014 Tour de France: Stage 16 Results

Aussie Michael Rogers grabbed a hard-fought win at the end of stage 6 from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on Tuesday. It was the first Tour de France win for the Tinkoff-Saxo rider.

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Tour de France: Day in the life of a Team Mechanic

There’s no such thing as downtime for the men who keep the bikes of the Tour de France peloton running smooth.

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Tour de France Tech: New lightweight Mavic road shoes spotted

It’s sheer speculation at this point, but it sure looks like Mavic has a new pair of ultra-light road shoes in the pipeline.

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Tour de France Tech: Froome’s Pinarello F8 and Contador’s Specialized Tarmac

On the first rest day of the 2014 Tour de France, RoadBikeReview pays tribute to two bikes (and their riders) who will be getting more than 24 hours of downtime.

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Tour de France Tech: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized S-Works (Shark) Tarmac

Get an up-close look at the bike that’s leading the 2014 Tour de France.

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First Look and Ride: 2015 Giant Defy endurance road bike line

Giant has unveiled its fully revamped Defy endurance road bike line. The big story: disc brakes and a bump-absorbing integrated seatpost.

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Tour de France Tech Gallery: Bike set-ups for stage 5′s cobblestones

Before the stage 5 battle on the cobblestones kicked off, RoadBikeReview was at the start, scoping out the various equipment changes and modifications teams made, hoping to take some of the sting out of this testing day.

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2014 Tour de France Photo Gallery: Shoes of the pro peloton

While team’s typically mandate riders remain sponsor correct at every turn, footwear is often the exception for reasons of fit and occasionally fashion. Here’s a look at some of the fancy (and plain) footwear that’s turning pedals.

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Tour de France Video: Reigning champ Chris Froome pedals through Eurotunnel

Team Sky rider becomes the first man to complete the crossing from Great Britain to France via a bicycle.

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Tour de France Gallery: Marcel Kittel’s yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Take a tour of the special maillot jaune edition of stage 1 winner Marcel Kittel’s aero road bike.

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Tour de France Video: Chris Froome meets his fans

Team Sky leader and 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome pulls in big crowds — especially in the U.K. where this year’s race kicked off.

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Tour de France Tech: Giro unveils new aero road helmet, super light lace-up shoes

With equal emphasis on fashion and function, Giro unveiled a new aero road helmet and a pair of super light lace-up road shoes on the eve of the Tour de France.

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Tour de France Tech: New Bell Star Pro aero road helmet

The Belkin pro cycling squad has a new weapon in its fight for Tour de France glory. Find out all the details.

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Tour de France Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge

Take a tour of the bike that just might win stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France.

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Tour de France Photo Gallery: Yorkshire ready for race’s arrival

All along the 190.5km stage 1 route from Leeds to Harrogate, yellow, green and polka dots are ubiquitous. Window art, lawn decorations, painted bikes, and even the occasional painted sheep (live ones) dot this hilly landscape.

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First Look: $20,000 Specialized S-Works McLaren Tarmac

Only 250 are being offered worldwide, including several which will be raced by various Specialized sponsored riders at the upcoming Tour de France.

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