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Race Tech: Tour of California, February 19, 2008, Bikes from stage one of the Tour of California

Fabian Wegmann's bike was normal looking enough
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Shimano's electronic Dura-Ace group
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Previously machined aluminum bits
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The overall configuration is largely unchanged
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The front derailleur boasts a similarly updated appearance
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Cage plating is thick
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The composite shell looks like it fits more precisely
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The electronic Dura-Ace levers
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Shimano devotees with be happy to see
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Hoods look like production bits as well
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Hmm… was there a logo here?
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Levers still include gear indicators
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In spite of their finished appearance
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Gerolsteiner mechanics fitted the battery
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The battery's location required that the seat tube-mounted
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As you'd expect, there are multiple cable connections
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More connections can be found on the down tube.
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Don't worry, electronic Dura-Ace looks to still be
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Astana hits the road
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Levi Leipheimer won the Tour of California last year
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Stars, stripes and red, white and blue livery
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Astana may be the capitol of Kazahkstan
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Some Astana riders were equipped
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while others opted for the lighter SRAM Red crankset.
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Astana rider José Luis Rubiera
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The Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 tubular
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Even the team's number holders are carbon…
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…but its steerer tubes are not.
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Rooftop racks here in the US
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Saunier Duval-Scott's Scott Addict bikes
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A fleet of Scott Addicts
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Saunier Duval-Scott preferred to run
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Full carbon tubular rims are laced
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The carbon braking surfaces were handled
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Saunier Duval-Scott's David Cañada
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Cañada's bars were heavily wrapped
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Very unusually, though, Cañada's bars are also fitted
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Camelbak bottles debut in the ProTour
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Some old habits die hard.
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Rock Racing megastar Mario Cipollini
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Anyone care to guess
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Cole Products is Rock Racing's official wheel sponsor.
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The rest of Rock Racing's crew
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Say what you want about how Rock Racing
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Rock Racing logos are littered throughout.
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Another Rock Racing logo can be found
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Neon green is the color of choice
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Team bikes are fitted
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Quick Step tackled Stage 1
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The S-Works Tarmac SL2
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Quick Step has swapped last year's Fulcrum wheels
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The Roval wheels use a number of interesting features
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Specialized has gotten Quick Step
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The developer of the Speedplay pedal, Richard Bryne
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Richard Bryne poses with Jen Voigt
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Toyota-United has swapped over to Fuji Bicycles
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Deep-section wheels were a popular choice
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Toyota-United's wheels are a mix
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Credit Agricole soldiers on
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Team High Road raced
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All bikes were equipped with GPS transceivers
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Tom Ritchey made an appearance
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Team CSC's Bobby Julich warms up
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It seems that the richer the town
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'Old iron' may be back in vogue in northern California
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The Continental tyres - not singles or tubulars
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