Pinarello has enjoyed something of a dream relationship with Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) since the squad was launched in 2010, with six of the subsequent nine winners of the Tour de France triumphing on the Italian firm’s bikes.
Sir Bradley Wiggins was first in 2012, before Chris Froome took the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 titles. Geraint Thomas then became the third British winner of the Tour in 2018.
Thomas is now bidding to make it two in a row, co-leading Ineos with Colombian hot-shot Egan Bernal.
Thomas has the Pinarello Dogma F12 and F12 X-Light at his disposal in France. The Welshman won the 2018 Tour on the Dogma F10, but the F12 launched in May is said to be lighter, stiffer and, of course, more aero than its predecessor.
The F12 X-Light, meanwhile, shaves approximately 100g from the standard F12’s claimed weight of 820g (unpainted frame). With this year’s Tour touted as one of the hardest in recent history thanks to five summit finishes, three of which are above 2,000m, that may come in handy.
Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) has won six of the past seven Tours de France. Pinarello
Still, Team Ineos has sought to save additional weight by switching to Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels for climb-heavy stages, with riders ditching their sponsor-issue Shimano Dura-Ace hoops in favour of the uber-expensive, 935g wheels.
Shimano still provides the groupset components, with the entire team running Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrains.
While some teams, including the Deceuninck-Quick-Step squad of Julian Alaphilippe, have switched entirely to disc brakes, Ineos remains resolutely committed to rim brakes.
Otherwise, Fizik provides the team’s saddles and the Competition Pro Ltd tyres come from Continental.
Pinarello’s Bolide TT bike steps in for time-trial duties.