Team Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff won the Tour de France field sprint on stage 11 behind the highly unusual configuration of the yellow jersey (Chris Froome), the green jersey (Peter Sagan) and the green jersey’s teammate (Maciej Bodnar) who went clear with Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas with 12km to go in the windy stage. As Kristoff continues his hunt for a stage win, we take a look at the current version of his trusty Canyon Aeroad CF SLX.
While some riders switch bikes to fit the stage — a cobbles bike for Paris-Roubaix, an aero bike for the flat stages, a lightweight bike for the mountains — Kristoff goes all aero, all the time. The bike he is racing at the Tour is quite similar to what he used at the cobbled classics of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Kristoff and his Russian team raced on Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 last year, but this year Katusha has SRAM’s new wireless Red eTap group. Despite the change from Shimano to SRAM, Shimano direct-mount calipers remain (albeit unbranded), for a simple reason: SRAM doesn’t yet make direct-mount brakes, which the Canyon frame requires.
SRAM sponsors Katusha, but doesn’t yet make a direct-mount brake, which the Aeroad requires, so the team uses unbranded Dura-Ace calipers instead: SRAM sponsors Katusha, but doesn’t yet make a direct-mount brake, which the Aeroad requires, so the team uses unbranded Dura-Ace calipers instead Nick Legan / Immediate Media
The other unbranded piece of kit is the nearly solid Rotor chainring, which Kristoff and his teammates have been using off and on this season.
Check out the gallery above for a closer look at Kristoff’s Aeroad CF SLX, and be sure to visit Cyclingnews for complete coverage of the 2016 Tour de France.