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Bikes of the Tour: Part 1

By Paul Mirtschin

Le Tour 2003 has seen a number of new bikes and components rolled out, as well as minor tweaks to the already fantastic velo's. So as we do every year, Cyclingnews will showcase the bike of the peloton, bringing you the bikes that the pro's ride as they make their way around France in this centenary Tour.


Colour me celeste
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Jan Ullrich's Bianchi XL EV3 is truly a one of a kind, being the only Bianchi on the team with the matt black and celeste paint-job.

As with a number of bikes in the peloton this year, the Bianchi bikes are outfitted with Campagnolo's 2003 Record 10-speed gear in all its glory, with matching Record cranks. ITM bars and stem help keep the Bianchi carbon forks pointing in the right direction, with Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL Tour de France wheels doing the rolling.

  • Frame: Bianchi
  • Fork: Bianchi Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-Speed with Campagnolo Record cranks
  • Wheels: Mavic
  • Pedals: Time
  • Handlebar: Itm
  • Stem: Itm


Carbon composite
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As we mentioned in the latest Tech News, Gilberto Simoni is riding what will become the 2004 Cannondale CAAD8, sporting an aluminium lugged carbon fibre frame. It isn't just the frame that has carbon either, with Time carbon forks, Cinelli carbon bar/stem combo and Campy's Record 10-speed group.

Mavic supply the Cosmic Carbone wheels, and Time once again supply the pedals.

  • Frame: Cannondale
  • Fork: Time
  • Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-Speed with Cannondale Hollowgram cranks
  • Wheels: Mavic
  • Pedals: Time
  • Handlebar: Cinelli
  • Stem: Cinelli

Team Telekom

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Team Telekom continue to run the deep pink, and deliciously wavy, Pinarello Dogma as they have done all year.

Campagnolo once again supply the 10-speed Record group, and also supply the Neutron wheels. Deda Newton bars and stem as well as Time Impact pedals round out the package.

  • Frame: Pinarello Dogma
  • Fork: Pinarello Onda
  • Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-Speed with Campagnolo Record cranks
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Neutron
  • Pedals: Time Impact
  • Handlebar: Deda Newton 31
  • Stem: Deda Newton

Team CSC

Colour coordinated
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Colour coordination can mean a lot when publicising a team, and a bike won't get much more colour coordinated than the Team CSC Cervelo, The red, white and black frame is perfectly matched to the ZIPP 404 wheels, and FSA's Team CSC carbon cranks make sure that nothing looks out of place.

CSC is one of the few teams still running a 9-speed group, not making it onto Shimano's 10-speed pilot program.

Easton supply the bars and stem, and Speedplay supply their red Zero pedals.

  • Frame: Cervélo R2.5
  • Fork: Cervélo Wolf
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9-Speed with Fsa Carbon Pro Team Issue cranks and SRAM chain and cassette
  • Wheels: Zipp 404
  • Pedals: Speedplay Zero
  • Handlebar: Easton Ea70
  • Stem: Easton Ea70


Global domination
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Brad McGee likes his Lapierre, so much so he imports them into Australia. Brad's Ultimate Scandium framed bike is one of the lucky few to be on Shimano's 10-speed Dura-Ace pilot program, running the gear that will eventually be made available to the public in a few months time.

Shimano have also supplied the "Lance" pedals as well as the new WH-7800 wheels, only recently unveiled to the public and perfectly matching the new Dura-Ace.

ITM's bars and stems are team issue at FDJeux.com, adding a little bit of Italian to the mix.

  • Frame: Lapierre
  • Fork: Lapierre Carbon
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 10-Speed with 10-Speed Dura-Ace cranks
  • Wheels: Shimano
  • Pedals: Shimano
  • Handlebar: ITM
  • Stem: ITM


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