We’re at the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under and have visited the start and finish of the Down Under Classic — the precursor to the race itself — and stage one of the race to bring you the latest and greatest race tech from the first event of the WorldTour calendar.
Clearly not wanting to be outdone, the same bike with a budget focussed Shimano 105 build was, for some reason, seen being loaded up as a spare to the roof of Decuninck – Quick-Step’s team car at the start of stage one.
105 in the pro peloton!BikeRadar / Immediate Media
All the computer mounts
Several teams in the WorldTour have partnerships with brands to provide mounts for the computers. By far the most prominent is K-Edge, alongside proprietary mounts from the computer brands themselves.
However, somewhat unexpectedly, Astana Pro Team lined up for stage 1 with a different computer mount on each bike, two of which we’ve never even seen before!
In a sport where teams are so frequently uniform, this was a somewhat bizarre way to open its 2019 WorldTour account.
Dimension Data uses computer mounts from Rotor, who also supplies its cranksetsBikeRadar / Immediate Media
ANGI and a koala
From Bang & Olufson earpieces and ANGi crash detectors to a Koala on the back of Manuele Boaro’s helmet, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the on-helmet accessory.
High-end HiFi manufacturer Bang & Olufson supplies Quickstep with radio earpieces that neatly integrate into the team’s Ekoi sunglassesBikeRadar / Immediate Media
We spotted someone we never expected to see at the start of stage oneBikeRadar / Immediate Media
Click through to see our full race tech gallery from the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of his tandem, Cecil, cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.