Team bikes, tech, news and results from the 2015 Tour de France
We've been scouring the pits for tech news and pro team bikes from the 2015 Tour de France and here's what we've spotted.
With Chris Froome's overall win confirmed, the final drama of the 2015 Tour's was supplied by André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who edged out Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) on the Champs-Élysées in a thrilling climax to this year’s race.
With the 2015 Tour de France almost over, we took a look at some of the secret gear that the pros – or more correctly, their mechanics – go to great pains to conceal from the eyes of the world.
Stage 20 was the fourth day of climbing through the Alps. This year's penultimate stage took riders up the legendary l'Alpe d’Huez where Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) soloed his way to victory, as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finally showed what he can do, finished second and picking up time on yellow jersey Chris Froome (Team Sky). Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) was third.
Froome showed signs of weakness for the first time in this Tour. He countered multiple attacks, but was unable to go with Quintana on the decisive move on the l'Alpe d’Huez. Quintana picked up over a minute as Froome finished fourth to secure the overall title.
Stage 19 took the riders into the Alps for a third straight day, and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) launched a daring escape with 62km remaining, ultimately crossing the finish solo and redeeming what has otherwise been a disappointing Tour for him. Chris Froome (Sky) retained his maillot jaune with just three stages left but not without conceding valuable seconds to Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
- Related: Nibali's Specialized S-Works Tarmac.
It was fireworks on the final ascent of Stage 14, with MTB-Qhubeka's Steven Cummings taking a historic win on Mandela Day while Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana battled for seconds in the general classification a few minutes behind. Froome would ultimately gain another second over the wispy Columbian, further padding his lead as the race heads into the third and final week.
Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez soloed impressively to victory in Stage 12 – though the torrid time the Spaniard previously endured in the Pyrenees had already laid waste to his GC dreams. In terms of those overall standings, Chris Froome kept his rivals at bay to maintain a commanding lead.
There was joy for team Tinkoff-Saxo as Majka spun to victory after a solo push at Stage 11, the second day of racing in the Pyrenees. Dan Martin managed to take the second spot after a supreme effort on the Col d’Aspin, but it was a bad day for Astana as Nibali lost contact with the yellow jersey group, losing valuable seconds.
Chris Froome launched an explosive attack to take the Stage 10 victory at the first major summit finish of this year’s Tour de France at La Pierre-Saint-Martin. The Team Sky racer strengthened his position as the man to beat as he rode away from other GC contenders, putting more than a minute into Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who was beaten for second by Froome’s teammate Richie Porte.
We profiled Nairo Quintana’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX just before this year’s Tour.
Powerhouse teams BMC and Team Sky both had strong performances in the Tour de France stage 9 team time trial with BMC taking the victory and Team Sky coming in close behind. This put Tejay van Garderen well within striking distance of Team Sky's Chris Froome, who remains in yellow.
Alex Dowsett's Movistar team finished third on the stage, just 4 seconds behind BMC. We profiled Dowsett's Tour de France Canyon Speedmax CF time trial bike, a speed weapon if ever there was one.
Mark Cavendish came good for the win in Stage 7 after an excellent sprint to defeat Andrei Greipel and Pete Sagan. Cavendish's team bike is a Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS which we have all the details of.
Stage 6 of the Tour de France saw more cobbles and more crashes as the Tour peloton raced through north western France to finish in Le Havre. Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) won the stage but his teammate and yellow jersey wearer Tony Martin crashed and broke his collarbone, opting not to continue in the Tour.
We also took a close look at Ryder Hesjedal's Cannondale SuperSix EVO that he piloted to the finish, albeit nearly five minutes down on the winner.
Andrei Greipel won stage 5 into Amiens aboard his green Ridley Noah SL. Greipel is making a serious bid for the green jersey this year, but Peter Sagan might have something to say about that.
The cobbles of stage 4 saw a change to overall classification, with Tony Martin winning the stage and taking the yellow leader's jersey in the process. This 'Paris-Roubaix' style stage saw a wide range of bikes used by the different teams, including some interesting tubular tricks and tubeless setups.
Stage 2 winner Andrei Greipel was sporting a green Ridley team bike at the start, matching his green jersey as leader of the points classification. Speaking of team bikes, we profiled Luke Rowe's Sky Pinarello Dogma K8-S as well.
On the gadget side, we saw Chris Froome testing a new Stages power meter at the Tour, and we've also got details, pricing and the release date of the new GoPro Hero4 Session camera that's being used by riders at this year's Tour de France.
For all the bikes and tech from the 2015 Tour, browse through our list of articles below.
Tour de France 2015 race details
The 2015 Tour de France will include just 42km of time trials but eight mountain stages, making it a race for the climbers and giving French riders Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and Jean-Christophe Peraud a chance of winning the legendary yellow jersey.
The 2015 Tour de France starts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on Saturday, 4 July, with a 14km time trial stage. There is no final time trial before the riders head to Paris. Instead the last battle for the yellow jersey will be on the 21 hairpins of L'Alpe d'Huez in the Alps on Saturday, 25 July, before the riders fly to Paris for the final stage on a new circuit in the heart of the city.
This page is where you can find out all the latest news and updates on the 2015 Tour de France. For complete race coverage, visit Cyclingnews.com's Tour de France page.