Tejay van Garderen has made a promising start to his Giro d’Italia debut as he leads BMC Racing in the Italian Grand Tour — and after stage 5 he currently sits in 9th, ten seconds behind GC leader Bob Jungels.
Van Garderen’s teammate and Tour de France hopeful, Richie Porte, took the overall victory at last month’s Tour de Romandie and van Garderen rode in support of the Australian. Cyclingnews took the opportunity to take a closer look at van Garderen’s bike during the week long Swiss stage race.
The BMC Teammachine SLR01 has remained unchanged for nearly four years and despite this, continues to perform at the highest level. BMC Racing Team’s bike for the 2017 season sees an update in groupset and wheels only, with the latest electronic groupset from component giant Shimano.
The entire BMC Racing team was running Dura-Ace 9100 series wheelsJosh Evans / Immediate Media
The Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 groupset is complete all but for the crankset. SRM’s power meter is yet to be paired with the latest Dura-Ace crankset and with this, Van Garderen is equipped with 9000 series Dura-Ace cranks. As well as the cranks, the bike is also equipped with Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals.
Van Garderen runs his 175mm cranks alongside 53/39 chainrings and an 11-30T Dura-Ace cassette.
A Fizik Aliante VSX saddle sits atop the Teammachine SLR01 ‘D’ carbon seatpost, whilst 3T supplies the cockpit and handlebar tape.
Rider height: 1.86m / 6ft 1in
Rider weight: 72kg / 158lb
Saddle height, from bottom bracket (c-t): 775mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 555mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (at stem): 585mm
Head tube length: 163mm
Top tube length: 560mm
Complete bike specifications
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
Brake/gear levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-30T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 with SRM power meter, 53/36T chainrings, 175mm crank length