Fight! Bouhanni's fists on the bike at the Tour de France

Boxing French sprinter races on new Obea Orca Aero

Cofidis sprinter Nacer Bouhanni was fined on Tuesday for throwing a punch in the closing kilometers of stage 10 of the Tour de France

The French sprinter boxed growing up and still trains in the ring in the off season. 'Fight' is part of both his personal logo and a marketing campaign of his bike sponsor Orbea ("Ride. Fight. Win."). And while that is all well and good, punching someone in a bike race is in fact not okay, and the Tour jury let him know with a small fine and one-minute penalty.

You can't tape up bars any further than that. The boxing glove, 'fight' and NB initials form Bouhanni's personal logo
You can't tape up bars any further than that. The boxing glove, 'fight' and NB initials form Bouhanni's personal logo

At the Tour, Bouhanni is racing on a brand new Orbea Orca Aero, the first aero road machine from the Basque brand. 

The Orca Aero, as the name implies, is an aerodynamically faster version of the longstanding Orca race bike, with elongated profiles on the down tube and seatpost, and a sculpted seat tube reminiscent of a Cervélo S5 or a Canyon Aeroad.

Cofidis is racing on a mix of FSA and Shimano components, with wheels and cockpit pieces from FSA sister-brand Vision.

You know you're a French team leader when you don't even have a second cage on your bike. Note the plug in the upper boss
You know you're a French team leader when you don't even have a second cage on your bike. Note the plug in the upper boss

But perhaps the most striking part of his bike is the one that isn't there; like Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler, Bouhanni is racing with only a single bottle cage.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Bouhanni's Orbea Orca Aero, and and be sure to visit Cyclingnews.com for complete coverage of the 2017 Tour de France.

The Orca Aero has the integrated Di2 junction box we are seeing more and more
The Orca Aero has the integrated Di2 junction box we are seeing more and more

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.
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