Giro d'Italia time trial tech gallery

Hidden SRAM wireless TT shifters, wild shoe covers and more as teams break out the go-fast gear

The Giro d'Italia opened this year with a team time trial, and the world's best teams rolled to the start line with the fastest possible gear their sponsors could provide. Most notable was the somewhat-masked appearance of SRAM's wireless time-trial shifters for its not-yet-released electronic group. SRAM-sponsored AG2R had Focus Izalco Chrono bikes with shift buttons on the extensions and base bar wrapped underneath the bar tape.

SRAM declined to comment on the shifters, but we were able to photograph them from several angles. It appears they could function in the same way as the SRAM electronic road shifters, with a single button being used on each side — left shifts the rear derailleur up, right shifts the rear derailleur down and both buttons pressed at the same time moves the front derailleur.

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo had bespoke time-trial bars on his Focus Izalco Chrono that provided him an ultra-low position. Pozzovivo, who won stage 3 of the Giro del Trentinto using SRAM electric, crashed out of the Giro on stage 3. Pozzovivo previously told Cyclingnews that he likes electric shifting.  "When you get used to it, it feels easier than mechanical gears," Pozzovivo told Cyclingnews.

Pozzovivo also had sram's wireless groupset on two focus izalco chrono tt machines. this looks to be the wireless receiver box, here mounted to a garmin-type bracket on one of the tt extensions: pozzovivo also had sram's wireless groupset on two focus izalco chrono tt machines. this looks to be the wireless receiver box, here mounted to a garmin-type bracket on one of the tt extensions
Pozzovivo also had sram's wireless groupset on two focus izalco chrono tt machines. this looks to be the wireless receiver box, here mounted to a garmin-type bracket on one of the tt extensions: pozzovivo also had sram's wireless groupset on two focus izalco chrono tt machines. this looks to be the wireless receiver box, here mounted to a garmin-type bracket on one of the tt extensions

Wires from four SRAM shifters feed into this junction box, which may communicate wirelessly with the derailleurs 

For a detailed look at the bikes and gear of the Giro d'Italia team time trial, look through the gallery above. 

And for in-depth coverage of the Giro d'Italia 2015 — including daily live coverage — please visit Cyclingnews

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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