Christophe Laporte's custom Orbea Orca

Special paint job for the Tour de France

While Geoffrey Soupe is riding a not-yet-released 2017 Orbea Orca at the Tour de France, Christophe Laporte and the rest of his Cofidis teammates are on the current Orca model, but with custom paintjobs that show off the Spanish bike brand's custom capabilities.

Normally a lead-out man for Nacer Bouhanni, Laporte was able to get into the mix himself on stage 11 of the Tour. With the unlikely trio of race leader Chris Froome, points leader Peter Sagan and his teammate Maciej Bodnar up the road, Laporte took second in the field sprint behind Alexander Kristoff to finish fifth on the day, a solid result for the young rider.

Orbea already offers four different Cofidis bikes for consumers, and the company now also has a MyO custom program where you can click on different sections of the frame and pick from a handful of colors. 

Cofidis riders all have a new paint job on their Orbea Orcas to promote Orbea's MyO custom program: Cofidis riders all have a new paint job on their Orbea Orcas to promote Orbea's MyO custom program
Cofidis riders all have a new paint job on their Orbea Orcas to promote Orbea's MyO custom program: Cofidis riders all have a new paint job on their Orbea Orcas to promote Orbea's MyO custom program

In addition to the new color scheme, Laporte also has his name and a French flag motif painted on the top tube, as you do when you're a French rider at the Tour de France.

FSA cranks (with a SRM power meter) and cockpit components complement the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components and Metron 55 tubular wheels from FSA's sister company Vision. 

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Laporte's bike, and be sure to visit Cyclingnews.com for complete coverage of the 2016 Tour de France.

The MyO program lets customers pick out different designs: The MyO program lets customers pick out different designs
The MyO program lets customers pick out different designs: The MyO program lets customers pick out different designs

Ben Delaney

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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.
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