This year’s Tour de France has delivered its fair share of excitement. Thanks to the course and the riders, the racing was as spectacular as ever. But the scenery and the speed aren’t the only draws for cycling fans – the bikes that the stars race on are just as captivating as the battle being waged on the roads each day.
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Whether it’s prototype aero frames or custom paint jobs, the Tour is where all the very best kit gets showcased to the world. We’ve been following the race and getting the low-down on the rigs of the star riders, the new developments they're trying out and the set-up quirks they insist on to make their time in the saddle that little bit easier.
Scroll through our mega gallery above for a taste of all 22 of the pro bikes we’ve featured over the past three weeks. You can find more detail on each bike in its individual Tour de France 2016 Pro Bikes gallery, but below you’ll find a little more on the bikes of the yellow and green jersey winners:
The yellow jersey — Chris Froome
Little has changed on Chris Froome’s 56cm F8 frame since he began riding it in 2014. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components and wheels handle the going and the stopping. The cockpit is comprised of a PRO handlebar and stem, while saddle duties are taken care of by a Fizik Antarest.
Personalised equipment touches include Osymetric chainrings, Nokon brake-cable housings, a custom Di2 climbing switch and a bespoke 3D printed chain catcher. Froome also has a prototype dual-sided Stages power meter.
The custom rhino logos were there from the first stage but more yellow accents appeared as the race progressed and Froome’s hold on the yellow jersey tightened.
The green jersey — Peter Sagan
Sagan’s Venge ViAS frame is relatively low-key but special touches for the Slovak World Champion include rainbow stripes on his wheels, gold jockey wheels in his rear mech and custom colour accents on his pedals and saddle.
Where his bike differs the most is the dimensions. Sagan rides a 56cm frame that’s paired with a 14cm stem. He elevates his saddle all the way up to 76.1cm but spins those mighty legs on relatively short 172.5mm cranks.
The Manx Missile had a hugely successful Tour, defying naysayers who said he's past his prime to deliver four stage wins and repeatedly pip German rival Marcel Kittel to the line. His bike of choice was the Cervelo S5, featuring Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifting, deep-section Enve wheels and Continental Competition Pro LTD tires in a 25mm width.
Movistar's main GC contender had a relatively quiet Tour by his standard, finishing in third behind Frenchman Romain Bardet. The Colombian rode a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX featuring Campagnolo EPS shifting, a Power2Max power meter and a a pair of prototype Campagnolo Bora 50 wheels.