The Tour de France is over for another year (sob!) so let's have a look at the bikes that were ridden to each stage and category win.
Now, before anyone says it, we know that it's the strength of the rider and the tactical decisions they make that determine results, but this is just a bit of fun, and who doesn't like an excuse to ogle high-end road bikes?
Stage 1: Fernando Gaviria, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Venge
Quick-Step’s Fernando Gaviria became the first wearer of the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour de France after sprinting to victory in Fontenay-le-Comte on the new Specialized S-Works Venge, a disc brake bike that’s designed solely for electronic shift systems.
Stage 2: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe, Specialized S-Works Venge
Different rider, same bike. Three-time world champion Peter Sagan won the sprint on his personalised Specialized S-Works Venge, gaining the yellow jersey in the process.
Stage 3: BMC Racing (team time trial), BMC Timemachine
BMC Racing won the 35.5km (22.1-mile) team time trial on BMC Timemachine bikes fitted with disc rear wheels and three-spoke front wheels from Shimano’s Pro sub-brand. BMC has just launched a version of this bike with disc brakes but the team riders were using rim brakes.
Stage 4: Fernando Gaviria, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Venge
Crikey! It’s Fernando Gaviria for the second time and a Specialized S-Works Venge (see above) for the third time. This is getting silly!
Stage 5: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe, Specialized S-Works Venge
Well, that’s four road stages and four wins for riders on the new Specialized S-Works Venge. Whereas stages one, two and four were classified as flat, this one to Quimper was hilly.
Stage 6: Dan Martin, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago V2-r
At last, another brand gets a look in on a road stage, Dan Martin taking the stage on his Colnago V2-r (the Tweet above relates to Stage 9, but it's the same bike). It’s an aero road bike with direct mount brakes and a claimed frame weight of 835g – the same as the V1-r but with extra stiffness, according to Colnago.
Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2015, won over the cobbles on his Trek Domane SLR Disc (it's actually Bauke Mollema's bike in the video Tweet, above), a bike with front and rear IsoSpeed that’s specifically designed to filter our vibrations on all kinds of rough roads.
Julian Alaphilippe won the first mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France in Le Grand-Bornand on a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6. The sixth generation Tarmac has a focus on reduced weight, improved comfort and frame stiffness and, for the first time, reduced drag.
Spanish rider Omar Fraile won the hilly 188km (117-mile) stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende on his Argon 18 Gallium Pro, a bike that’s designed to be lightweight and stiff as opposed to aerodynamically tuned. It has a claimed frame weight of 794g (size medium, painted, including hardware).
Stage 15: Magnus Cort, Astana, Argon 18 Gallium Pro
Nairo Quintana took a solo victory on the Col du Portet on his Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Movistar riders have the choice of the Aeroad CF SLX aero road bike or the Ultimate CF SLX, which is the lightweight option.
Here is the Canyon Ultimage CF SLX belonging to teammate Alejandro Valverde.
It was Norway's Alexander Kristoff who outgunned the rest to take the most prestigious sprint of them all on the Champs Elysees.
Stage wins by brand
If the Tour de France had a constructors' championship like Formula 1, Specialized would have won it. Like Canyon, it supplies bikes for two teams competing in the race. These are the number of stage wins per bike brand:
Argon 18 2
General Classification: Geraint Thomas, Team Sky, Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light & Bolide
Dan Martin launched attack after attack on his Colnago V2-r, earning himself a stage victory and eighth place in GC.
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.
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