Pro bike: Richie Porte's Tour de France Pinarello Bolide

56t chainring on the Australian national champion's 45cm bike

Richie Porte is one strong cog in the Team Sky's 2015 Tour de France machine, and he started this year's race aboard a custom-painted Pinarello Bolide in recognition of his Australian national time trial championship win.

Standing 172cm (5ft 8in), Porte rides a bike with extreme numbers. For instance, the cranks are a a short 167.5mm on his 45cm frame, but the chainrings are a hearty 56/44t combination. His Stages power meter can probably report some impressive numbers, too, but Team Sky isn't sharing those.

We weighed his bike at 8.39kg (18.5lb) — that does not count the rather sizable GPS transponder that riders are required to mount on their bikes this year.

The 2015 Tour started with a 13.8km time trial in Utrecht, Holland, where Porte came 65th ahead of three weeks serving as Chris Froome's super domestique.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look.

The integrated bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end: the integrated bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end
The integrated bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end: the integrated bolide bars and stem combined with the hidden brake make for a very clean front end

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Pinarello Bolide, custom paint, 45cm
  • Fork: Pinarello Bolide
  • Stem: Pinarello Bolide integrated
  • Handlebar: Pinarello Bolide integrated
  • Brakes: Pinarello Bolide integrated
  • Brake levers: Pinarello Bolide integrated 
  • Shift buttons: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and Pinarello Bolide integrated
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-28T
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 56/44T, 167.5mm
  • Power meter: Stages Cycling
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Front wheel: PRO 35 3-spoke
  • Rear wheel: PRO disc
  • Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 22mm
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione
  • Other: K-Edge TT Garmin mount

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 172cm (5ft 8in)
  • Rider's weight: 62kg (137lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 70cm
  • Tip of saddle to centre of pads: 52.5cm
  • Pad width (c to c): 17cm
  • Saddle-to-pads drop: 10cm

Stay up to date with the latest Tour tech at our Tour de France 2015 homepage and be sure to visit Cyclingnews for complete race coverage.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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