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

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crowds

Huge crowds lined the grand place in Ypres, awaiting the arrival of the 22 teams contesting the Tour de France.


device-charging

Besides prepping the bikes, team staff need to keep all the electronics charged and ready. This set-up was spotted in the undercarriage of the Cannondale team bus.


edddy-and-bernard

Three of the sports greatest champions, Belgian Eddy Merckx, France’s Bernard Hinault and Bernard Thevenet, helped kick off the festivities ahead of the stage 5 start.


europcar-bottle-holder

Europcar team bikes were outfitted with a sliver of sandpaper on the bottle cages in hopes of keeping water bottles in place during the cobblestone sections.


fdj-pulsium

Like many teams, riders on the FDJ.fr squad switched from their normal race bikes to endurance models. In this case it’s the Lapiere Pulsium, which has a small elastomer in the lower rear section of the split top tube that helps soak up road vibration.


froome-chain-stop

Reigning Tour de France champ Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma K had both a standard chain catcher and this extra stopper wedged tightly between the frame and chainrings. It wasn’t enough to keep him in the race.


froome-rings

Despite the increased potential for dropping his chain, Froome opted to stick with the ovalized rings he runs on his normal race bike set-up.


garmin-grease

Garmin-Sharp mechanics were busy before the stage applying a little extra grease to thwart the effects of the wet and often dirty roads.


garmin-mechanical

Normally Garmin-Sharp bikes are outfitted with full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic drivetrains, but on this day the team opted for old reliable mechanical shifting systems.


katusha-mud-flap

Team Katusha bikes sported these rudimentary mud flaps to help alleviate the effects of road spay.


long-reach-brakes

All the FDJ.fr bikes were sporting these long-arm Shimano brakes, which provide the extra tire clearance needed to run larger tires.


nibili-wheels

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Roubaix was equipped with Specialized/FMB 28c tires wrapped around Cormia Viva carbon hoops.


opqs-30s

The largest tires spotted were these 30c tubular that were spec’d on some of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step bikes.


opqs-tires-spesh

Stage 5 of the Tour de France was run on some of the same roads as the famed Hell of the North, which of course necessitated Paris Roubaix edition tires.


opqs-tread

Tires on the Omega Pharma-Quick Step bikes had a little extra tread.


opqs-zertz

All riders on the three Specialized sponsored teams (Astana, OPQS and Tinkoff-Saxo) choose the Roubaix and its ride smoothing fork and seatstay Zertz inserts.


opqs-zipps

Big ride-smoothing tires were the order of the day for all 22 teams contesting the 101st edition of the Tour de France.


orica-wheels

The Orica team’s set-up looked distinctly old school with large and supple tubulars wrapped around these unmarked carbon hoops.


sky-dogma-k

Richie Porte and the rest of his Sky teammates rode the Pinarello Dogma K bike instead of their usual Dogma F8s.


sky-rattle-stop

In an effort to rattling at a minimum, mechanics for Sky added a small strip of electrical tape around the valve stems.


tinkoff-bartape

Current — and commanding — race leader Vincenzo benefited from an extra wrap of bar tape.


top-tube-info

Riders on the Cannondale team kept informed of both the location and distance of each cobbled section, plus information on how hard each was from medium to very difficult (in French).


trek-fmb-tires

All riders on the Trek Factory Racing team switched over to the more compliant Domane bikes, which were dressed with FMB Paris Roubaix edition 27c tires.

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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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