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

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Benefits of wearing the yellow jersey? Fame, usually fortune, and whole bunch of yellow kit and gear. The first recipient of such bounty at this year’s Tour de France was German sprinter Marcel Kittel, who snagged the opening stage and 2014’s first maillot jaune. Awaiting Kittel the morning of stage 2 was this nifty number from team sponsor Giant. Alas, Kittel was nowhere near the front of the race at the end of stage 2, so this bike will have to go back in the closet for the time being.

KITTEL’S GIANT PROPEL ADVANCED SL PHOTOS

Marcel-Kittel-Propel

Kittel’s weapon of choice is the Giant Propel Advanced SL, a wind cheating aero road machine dressed with lots of yellow touches.


Marcel-Kittel-Propel-Saddle

The integrated seatmast saves a claimed 45 grams over a standard set-up, improves ride feel, and enhances aerodynamic performance.


Marcel-Kittel-Plate Marcel-Kittel-SRM

Career Tour de France stage wins are noted on each rider’s number plate. Kittel upped his number to five on the first day of the race. That also earned him a yellow colored SRM display to mount on his bars. Apparently he prefers not to see his watts while racing.


Marcel-Kittel-Propel-Wheel

Being on a team co-sponsored by Shimano means access to all the Japanese company’s offerings, including top-tier Dura-Ace C50 carbon hoops.


Marcel-Kittel-Stem Marcel-Kittel-Levers

Kittel’s set-up is decidedly sprinter’centric. He’s uses a massive 135mm Pro Sprint stem and Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting with sprinter buttons so he can switch gears while in the drops.


Marcel-Kittel-Name Marcel-Kittel-Routing

No mistaking whose bike it is. Cable and electronic shifting wires are neatly routed internally to further enhance aero performance.


Marcel-Kittel-Brakes

Stock set-up on the Propel are composite integrated brakes front and rear. But because top-end stopping power is so important, and the composite models are less-than-perfect, the team uses these custom alloy versions.


Marcel-Kittel-Big

For at least one morning Kittel was big man on race. The yellow jersey has since been passed on, but expect the burly German to feature prominently in every sprinter-friendly stage between here and the finale in Paris.

KITTEL’S GIANT PROPEL ADVANCED SL GALLERY

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

Yellow bar tape is a must for the yellow jersey holder.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting drivetrain.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Stock set-up on the Propel are composite integrated brakes front and rear. But because top-end stopping power is so important, and the composite models are less-than-perfect, the team uses these custom alloy versions.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Stock set-up on the Propel are composite integrated brakes front and rear. But because top-end stopping power is so important, and the composite models are less-than-perfect, the team uses these custom alloy versions.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

He's uses a massive -- and stiff -- 135mm Pro Sprint stem.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

His stage win earned him a yellow colored SRM display to mount on his bars. But apparently he doesnt like to look at his watts output while racing.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Cable and electronic shifting wires are neatly routed internally to further enhance aero performance.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Being on a team co-sponsored by Shimano means access to all the Japanese company's offerings, including top-tier Dura-Ace C50 carbon hoops.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

The integrated seatmast saves a claimed 45 grams over a standard set-up, improves ride feel, and enhances aerodynamic performance.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Career Tour de France stage wins are noted on each rider's number plate. Kittel upped his number to five on the first day of the race.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

No mistaking whose bike it is.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting with sprinter buttons allow him to switch gears while in the drops.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Kittel runs a smaller frame size, but makes up for it with a long stem.
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Marcel Kittel's yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL

Weapon of choice is the Giant Propel Advanced SL, a wind cheating aero road machine dressed with lots of yellow touches.
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Marcel Kittel

For at least one morning Kittel was big man on race. The yellow jersey has since been passed on, but expect the burly German to feature prominently in every sprinter-friendly stage between here and the finale in Paris.
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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.


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