The 2022 Tour de France is over for another year, and here are the bikes that were ridden to victory on each stage.
Stage 1: Yves Lampaert, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Specialized Shiv TT
Belgian classics specialist Yves Lampaert was the surprise winner of the first individual time trial, edging out compatriot Wout Van Aert to claim the race’s first yellow jersey.
Lampaert rode a Specialized S-Works Shiv TT fitted with a Roval CLX 64 front wheel and a 321 Disc wheel at the back. He used Specialized’s S-Works Turbo Clincher tyres on the wet course.
Lampaert said, “Today my set-up made the difference. I just had to ride fast and trust my tyres.”
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets.
Read our review of the Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset
Stage 2: Fabio Jakobsen, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Specialized Tarmac SL7
Tour debutant Fabio Jakobsen made it two wins in two days for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl when he out-sprinted Wout Van Aert on his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 with Roval Rapide CLX wheels and tubeless Specialized Turbo clincher tyres.
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Jakobsen was using the 3D-printed Specialized S-Works Romin Evo with Mirror saddle.
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He was also using the new S-Works Evade 3 helmet which Specialized reckons is “the most aero road helmet in the peloton”.
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Stage 3: Dylan Groenewegen, Team BikeExchange-Jayco, Giant Propel Advanced SL
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Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to victory on Stage 3 aboard Giant’s new Propel Advanced SL aero road bike. The updated model has yet to be released but it’s hardly a secret; Giant has shared pics on social media and its own website.
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This side-on pic of another BikeExchange-Jayco rider’s bike suggests Giant has tried to shed weight on the new Propel, many of the tube profiles being much shallower than previously, and the seat tube has lost its cutout around the leading edge of the rear wheel – but we’ll just have to wait for the official release, whenever that is, for all the details.
BikeExchange-Jayco use wheels from Giant’s Cadex brand and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets.
First rest day
With three stages complete, here’s how things are shaping up in terms of wins.
Stage 4: Wout van Aert, Jumbo-Visma, Cervelo S5
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Wow! That’s a classy way to defend the yellow jersey. After finishing second on the first three stages, Wout van Aert went clear on his Cervelo S5 with 10km to go and held on for the win.
This version of the S5 has yet to be officially released. It looks like Cervelo has taken advantage of changes to UCI equipment rules and deepened the profile of many elements; the head tube, down tube, seat tube and seatpost are all deeper than before.
Check out the unreleased Cervelo S5 that Wout Van Aert and Team Jumbo Visma will ride in the Tour de France
The fork legs could be a little deeper than previously too and the fork crown certainly extends further backwards. The idea is doubtless to improve aero efficiency.
Jumbo-Visma riders use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and wheels from Shimano too.
Stage 5: Simon Clarke, Israel-Premier Tech, Factor Ostro VAM
Pic © ASO/Pauline Ballet
Simon Clarke won a stage that included 11 sectors of pavé (cobbles) on his Factor Ostro VAM.
The Ostro VAM is designed as the all-rounder in Factor’s range – lightweight (the frame is a claimed 830g in a 54cm size) with aero features, such as deeply profiled tubes and an integrated fork crown.
Check out our review of the Factor Ostro VAM frameset
Israel-Premier Tech use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets with Rotor Aldhu cranks.
The wheels are Black Inc Forty Fives fitted with Maxxis tyres.
Stage 6: Tadej Pogacar, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago Prototipo
Pic © Zac Williams/SWpix.com (taken on Stage 7)
Two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar has been riding the Tour de France on a Colnago prototype frame – so far just called the Prototipo, although that’ll be changed over time – rather than the V3Rs.
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The Prototipo comes with some aero tube shapes, fully internal cable routing, a slightly sunken bottle cage mount area on the down tube, and a slimmed-down head tube.
Colnago says that this bike will need to be “as versatile as possible, suited to the needs of sprinters, rouleurs and climbers alike, and to be at the top in the different phases of a race.”
UAE Team Emirates use Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets and the wheels are from Campag too.
Stage 7: Tadej Pogacar, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago Prototipo
Pic © Zac Williams/SWpix.com
Pogacar made it two stage wins in two days on the Colnago Prototipo, easing ahead of the other climbers on La Super Planche des Belle Filles.
Stage 8: Wout van Aert, Jumbo-Visma, Cervelo S5
Pic © ASO
Wout van Aert got his second stage victory of the 2022 Tour de France by out-sprinting the climbers in Lausanne.
Although Van Aert’s bike had a green fork to mark his lead in the points classification, it’s essentially the same Cervelo S5 that he rode to win Stage 4.
Stage 9: Bob Jungels, AG2R Citroen, BMC Team Machine SLR
Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels climbed to victory on a BMC Team Machine SLR built up with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset and Campag wheels.
Second rest day
With nine stages done and dusted, here’s how things are shaping up in terms of wins.
Stage 10: Magnus Cort, EF Education-Easypost, Cannondale SystemSix
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Despite the uphill finish, Magnus Cort out-sprinted Nick Schultz to the line at Megève Altiport on an aero Cannondale SystemSix rather than the lighter SuperSix Evo.
The bike, pictured here earlier in the race when Cort was leading the King of the Mountains classification, has an eye-catching Cannondale + Palace Skateboards finish.
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EF Education-Easypost use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets with FSA PowerBox power meters, and Vision Metron wheels fitted with Vittoria Corsa tubeless tyres.
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Stage 11: Jonas Vingegaard, Jumbo-Visma, Cervelo R5
Unbelievably, Jonas Vingegaard put almost three minutes into Tadej Pogacar on the Col du Granon aboard his Cervelo R5, setting the race for the yellow jersey alight.
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Cervelo unveiled the fourth iteration of its R5 road bike last year. The new frame is said to be 16% lighter than previously with the bike as a whole slightly more aerodynamically efficient and more comfortable, particularly at the front end, Cervelo admitting that the previous model could feel harsh over longer distances.
Vingegaard's bike is built up with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Shimano wheels. We think he was using tubular tyres, the team having preferred tubs to tubeless on most stages up until now.
Stage 12: Tom Pidcock, Ineos Grenadiers, Pinarello
Tom Pidcock became the first Ineos Grenadiers rider to win a stage at this year’s Tour de France and, at the age of 22, the youngest ever to win on Alpe d’Huez.
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Ineos use the Pinarello Dogma F on every road stage, The bikes are equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets.
Ineos riders have used non-sponsor wheels on mountainous stages in previous years, but Pidcock kept the faith with Shimano Dura-Ace.
Stage 13: Mads Pedersen, Trek-Segafredo, Trek Madone SLR
Pic © ASO/Pauline Ballet
Mads Pedersen gained the first Tour de France stage victory for the recently updated Trek Madone SLR.
This is the model that features Trek’s new IsoFlow technology with a large hole in the seat tube that’s said to provide aerodynamic improvements, comfort, and a significantly lighter overall weight.
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Trek-Segafredo uses Sram Red eTap groupsets and Aeolus wheels from Trek’s Bontrager brand.
Stage 14: Michael Matthews, Team BikeExchange-Jayco, Giant Propel Advanced SL
Pic © ASO/Aurelien Vialatte
Michael Matthews won his first Tour de France stage in five years aboard the Giant Propel Advanced SL, the same unreleased model that Dylan Groenewegen powered to victory on Stage 3.
Stage 15: Jasper Philipsen, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Canyon Aeroad CFR
Jasper Philipsen got his first Tour de France stage win on a Canyon Aeroad CFR, the aero road bike that sits alongside the lightweight Ultimate at the top of the range.
Alpecin-Deceuninck use Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and wheels.
Third rest day
With 15 of the 22 stages complete, here are the standings of the various brands in terms of stage wins.
Stage 16: Hugo Houle, Team Israel-Premier Tech, Factor Ostro VAM
Israel-Premier Tech might have just saved their World Tour status with the performance they delivered on Stage 16. Houle held off remnants of the breakaway up the Mur de Muguere to make it two stage wins for the Factor Ostro VAM.
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Once again we saw a 'climbers' day won on an aero bike and Houle opted for aero wheels as well (Black Inc. 45s) rather than a pure climbing wheelset. You'll also notice that Houle's bike is fitted with a CeramicSpeed OSPW system.
Stage 17: Tadej Pogacar, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago Prototipo
Stage 17 was a battle for the ages. Pogacar won the day but Vingegaard is one step closer to winning the war. This is Pogacar's third stage victory at this year's Tour and once again he chose to ride the Colnago Prototipo fitted with 12-speed Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset and Campagnolo Bora Ultra WTO 33mm deep wheels.
Stage 18: Jonas Vingegaard, Jumbo-Visma, Cervelo R5
Vingegaard has had to wait a while for his first stage win in the yellow jersey but when he finally managed it, it was in some style and a margin of over a minute.
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Vingegaard was once again on his fourth-generation Cervelo R5 fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, Dura-Ace tubular C36 wheels and one-piece Vision Metron 6D integrated bar/stem combo which is a popular choice in the peloton.
Stage 19: Christophe Laporte, Jumbo-Visma, Cervelo S5
On a day designed for the sprinters, Laporte jumped off the front with a kilometre to go and held off the bunch. As the stage was fairly flat, all the Jumbo Visma riders opted for the Cervelo S5 aero bike. The first French stage winner of the race is a sponsor's dream, not only using the Shimano Dura-Ace wheels and groupset, but also a set of RC902 shoes.
Stage 20: Wout Van Aert, Jumbo Visma, Cervelo P5
The second time-trial stage was longer and hillier than the first so who else would win it than Wout Van Aert, the on-form Belgian powerhouse. Cervelo supplies Jumbo Visma with their P5 TT bike and Wout has his kitted out with Vision aero bars fitted to the Cervelo base bar, Shimano Dura-Ace pedals and a special Fizik Antares saddle with grip tape to stop him sliding forwards.
Jumbo Visma is one of very few teams to have the new 12-speed Dura-Ace on their time trial bikes as well as their road bikes. However, Van Aert used a Reserve 77/Disc wheelset rather than wheels from Shimano.
Stage 21: Jasper Philipsen, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Canyon Aeroad CFR
With a dominant sprint on the Champs Elysees, Philipsen bagged a second win for himself and Canyon.
Philipsen opted for the Aeroad CFR with Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, pedals and C60 wheels which were clad in Vittoria Corsa Speed tubeless tyres. Interestingly, Philipsen also had a thru-axle with a lever; we normally see them removed for aerodynamics.
With the race over for another year, let's take a look at the scores. Here are the standings of the various brands in terms of stage wins.
Despite sponsoring only one team, Cervelo has absolutely knocked it out of the park courtesy of the Jumbo-Visma riders, mopping up not only the most stage wins with their Cervelo R5, S5 and P5 bikes but also the yellow, polka dot and green jerseys.
Specialized and Canyon will be a little disappointed with the lack of stage wins compared with previous years but Factor can be pleased to score more stage wins than much larger brands.
Once again, Shimano Dura-Ace is the most successful groupset. It's fitted to far more bikes in the pro peloton than any other so this was always expected. Campagnolo outscored Sram for another year in no small part thanks to Tadej Pogacar.
Yellow and Green Jersey winning bike, Cervelo S5
As is often the case, the winners of the respective jerseys had bikes custom painted in their honour. As three of the jerseys went to Jumbo Visma, we don't envy whoever had to stay up all night painting.
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Both these bikes are fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupsets, tubular Dura-Ace C60 wheels, Dura-Ace pedals, Tacx Ciro bottle cages, and Vittoria Corsa G2.0 28mm tubular tyres, but Van Aert did miss out on the colour coded bar end plugs.
If you had the choice of any of the stage-winning bikes, which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments section below...
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