While riders were tackling yesterday’s tough 10.4km time trial in Lyon, won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), mechanics were busy prepping road bikes for today’s lumpy stage, which finished atop the Col de Béal.
Froome (Sky) made it two from two, proving his is adept against the clock as he is climbing mountains. It was his first win aboard the Pinarello Dogma F8, which was released at the end of the Giro.
Only Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) could match the British rider’s high cadence pace, and crossed the line in the same time.
Trek also chose the stage to debut its new, yet-to-be-launched road frame.
Many riders opted for a 28-tooth ring in their cassette to cope with the interminable hills they faced over today’s 156km stage.
Check out the gallery to see all the bikes and tech.