Race tech: More time trial bikes from the Giro d'Italia

By James Huang, technical editor, in Amsterdam | Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8.50am

Saturday's Giro d'Italia prologue on the streets of Amsterdam yielded some exciting racing but also a wealth of tech goodies to whet your appetites. 

With the second time trial stage taking place today, here's a round-up of photographs taken as the teams prepared their aero machines for competition.

And don't worry – we still have plenty more in-depth features to come. Check out the Related Articles on the right for our Giro race and tech coverage so far.

Acqua e sapone used these time trial bikes from team sponsors bottechia at the giro d'italia prologue: acqua e sapone used these time trial bikes from team sponsors bottechia at the giro d'italia prologue

Acqua e Sapone's Bottechia bikes

Ag2R tackled the giro d'italia prologue on kuota's kueen-k: ag2r tackled the giro d'italia prologue on kuota's kueen-k

Ag2R's Kuota's Kueen-Ks

Colnago provided bbox-bouygues telecom riders with their aero flight model: colnago provided bbox-bouygues telecom riders with their aero flight model

Colnago provided BBox-Bouygues Telecom riders with their aero Flight model

BBox-Bouygues telecom rider william bonnet used his usual campagnolo ergopower levers on his time trial bike: bbox-bouygues telecom rider william bonnet used his usual campagnolo ergopower levers on his time trial bike

BBox-Bouygues Telecom rider William Bonnet used his usual Campag Ergopower levers

The alloy dropouts on bbox-bouygues telecom's colnago flight frames include built-in adjusters: the alloy dropouts on bbox-bouygues telecom's colnago flight frames include built-in adjusters

The dropouts on BBox-Bouygues Telecom's Colnago Flight frames include built-in adjusters

Cervelo's p4 continues to be one of the most striking-looking bikes in the peloton: cervelo's p4 continues to be one of the most striking-looking bikes in the peloton

Cervelo's P4 continues to be one of the most striking-looking bikes in the peloton

Cervélo testteam mechanics look to have taken care of their p4 bottle issues once and for all with a dedicated adapter plate in between the frame and bottle cage: cervélo testteam mechanics look to have taken care of their p4 bottle issues once and for all with a dedicated adapter plate in between the frame and bottle cage

Cervélo TestTeam mechanics look to have taken care of their P4 bottle issues once and for all with a dedicated adapter plate in between the frame and bottle cage

Rotor q-rings and 3d crankarms are bolted to this cervélo testteam p4: rotor q-rings and 3d crankarms are bolted to this cervélo testteam p4

Rotor Q-Rings and 3D crankarms are bolted to this Cervélo TestTeam P4

The down tube on the cervelo p4 closely follows the curve of the fork crown for smoother airflow: the down tube on the cervelo p4 closely follows the curve of the fork crown for smoother airflow

The Cervelo P4 down tube closely follows the curve of the fork crown for smoother airflow

3T have revised the moulds on their aero bars to make them uci-compliant: 3t have revised the moulds on their aero bars to make them uci-compliant

3T have revised the moulds on their aero bars to make them UCI-compliant

Carlos sastre (cervelo testteam) finished 25 seconds back but he has bigger goals in mind over the coming weeks: carlos sastre (cervelo testteam) finished 25 seconds back but he has bigger goals in mind over the coming weeks

Carlos Sastre finished 25 seconds back but he has bigger goals in mind

Carlos sastre's (cervelo testteam) fizik aliante saddle sports a textured applique for better grip while in the aero position: carlos sastre's (cervelo testteam) fizik aliante saddle sports a textured applique for better grip while in the aero position

Sastre's Fizik Aliante saddle sports a textured applique for better grip in the aero position

Garmin mechanics continue to surprise us with new ways to attach the team's computers: garmin mechanics continue to surprise us with new ways to attach the team's computers

Garmin mechanics continue to surprise us with new ways to attach the team's computers

Katusha rider mikhail ignatyev had this unnamed ridley time trial bike in reserve for the opening giro d'italia prologue: katusha rider mikhail ignatyev had this unnamed ridley time trial bike in reserve for the opening giro d'italia prologue

Katusha rider Mikhail Ignatyev had this unnamed Ridley time trial bike in reserve

Mikhail ignatyev's (katusha) unnamed ridley time trial bike looked to be either a work in progress or something that was roughly gathered up judging by the combination telescoping/integrated seatpost setup: mikhail ignatyev's (katusha) unnamed ridley time trial bike looked to be either a work in progress or something that was roughly gathered up judging by the combination telescoping/integrated seatpost setup

Mikhail Ignatyev's (Katusha) unnamed Ridley time trial bike looked to be either a work in progress or something that was roughly gathered up judging by the combination telescoping/integrated seatpost setup

Sharp points are included on both the chainstays and seatstays of mikhail ignatyev's (katusha) ridley time trial spare: sharp points are included on both the chainstays and seatstays of mikhail ignatyev's (katusha) ridley time trial spare

There are sharp points on both the chainstays and seatstays of Ignatyev's spare Ridley

Vladimir karpets (katusha) rocketed around the streets of amsterdam on this ridley dean: vladimir karpets (katusha) rocketed around the streets of amsterdam on this ridley dean

Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) rocketed around the streets of Amsterdam on this Ridley Dean

Lampre-Farnese vini sponsors ritchey have nearly every stem length and angle under the sun available when combined with their syncros off-road arm: lampre-farnese vini sponsors ritchey have nearly every stem length and angle under the sun available when combined with their syncros off-road arm

This Lampre-Farnese Vini has a stem from sponsors Ritchey's off-road arm, Syncros

The alloy block on this lampre-farnese vini front derailleur mount looks somewhat out of place but is apparently required to achieve the proper position: the alloy block on this lampre-farnese vini front derailleur mount looks somewhat out of place but is apparently required to achieve the proper position

The alloy block on this Lampre-Farnese Vini front derailleur mount looks somewhat out of place but is apparently required to achieve the proper position

The ritchey head on lampre-farnese vini's time trial bikes offers up a lot of fore-aft adjustment: the ritchey head on lampre-farnese vini's time trial bikes offers up a lot of fore-aft adjustment

The Ritchey head on Lampre-Farnese's time trial bikes offers up a lot of fore-aft adjustment

This lampre-farnese vini time trial frameset isn't found anywhere in the wilier catalogue so it's either an upcoming model or something provided just for the team - given uci technical rules, it's more likely the former: this lampre-farnese vini time trial frameset isn't found anywhere in the wilier catalogue so it's either an upcoming model or something provided just for the team - given uci technical rules, it's more likely the former

This Lampre-Farnese Vini time trial framesets isn't found anywhere in the Wilier catalogue so it's either an upcoming model or something provided just for the team given UCI technical rules, it's more likely the former.

Liquigas-Doimo are using their familiar cannondale slice bikes for this year's giro d'italia time trials: liquigas-doimo are using their familiar cannondale slice bikes for this year's giro d'italia time trials

Liquigas-Doimo are using their familiar Cannondale Slice bikes for this year's Giro

The rear brake housing is fed over and around the seat tube, presumably to tuck it in tighter against the frame: the rear brake housing is fed over and around the seat tube, presumably to tuck it in tighter against the frame

The rear brake housing is fed over and around the seat tube

Milram mechanics added a zip-tie to keep the team's garmin edge 500 computers from inadvertently ejecting: milram mechanics added a zip-tie to keep the team's garmin edge 500 computers from inadvertently ejecting

Milram mechanics added a zip-tie to keep the team's Garmin Edge 500s from ejecting

Milram are again using the walser-designed focus izalco chrono: milram are again using the walser-designed focus izalco chrono

Milram are again using the Walser-designed Focus Izalco Chrono

Milram's focus izalco chronos feature some of the sharpest stay edges around: milram's focus izalco chronos feature some of the sharpest stay edges around

Milram's Focus Izalco Chronos features some of the sharpest stay edges around

How well do sram's shifters work with campagnolo drivetrains? apparently well enough for omega pharma-lotto's sebastian lang to use a set of sram time trial shifters with his campagnolo derailleurs in a grand tour: how well do sram's shifters work with campagnolo drivetrains? apparently well enough for omega pharma-lotto's sebastian lang to use a set of sram time trial shifters with his campagnolo derailleurs in a grand tour

Omega Pharma-Lotto's Sebastian Lang used SRAM shifters with his Campag derailleurs

Quick step are using these eddy merckx ett-1 time trial frames for this year's giro d'italia: quick step are using these eddy merckx ett-1 time trial frames for this year's giro d'italia

Quick Step are using these Eddy Merckx ETT-1 time trial frames for this year's Giro d'Italia

Team sky don't just have a major media corporation backing them – they walk the walk, too, regularly recording the action for their own analysis with on-car cameras: team sky don't just have a major media corporation backing them – they walk the walk, too, regularly recording the action for their own analysis with on-car cameras

Team Sky regularly recording the action for their own analysis with on-car cameras

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