Massive Tour of Flanders tech gallery

Unreleased bikes, tubular choice, tire pressure and more from the 100th Ronde

Although the Tour of Flanders is steeped in history and tradition, there is always room for new things. At the 100th running of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, unreleased Trek and Pinarello bikes were raced alongside an entire fleet of Merida Scultura Disc machines, and waxed chains were spun through electronic and mechanical drivetrains alike.

Click through the sizable gallery above for a close look at the Pinarello K8, the new Trek Domane, the specific tubular pressure methodology of a few teams, riders’ saddle preferences and much, much more.

Be sure to check out Cyclingnews.com for complete coverage of the 100th Tour of Flanders.

On many teams, each rider has a specific front and rear pressure: on many teams, each rider has a specific front and rear pressure
On many teams, each rider has a specific front and rear pressure: on many teams, each rider has a specific front and rear pressure

Air pressure is specified for each Astana rider, front and back. Pressures across the team were set between 5.2-6.2bar / 75-87psi, with the tubulars expected to soften a bit after a few hours of racing before the riders hit the cobbles

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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