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Bikes of the Tour: Part 2, L'Alpe d'Huez

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.

Lightweight climber
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Christophe Brandt's Merckx is another of the Campagnolo powered bikes of the Peloton. It runs the Record 10-speed group, along with the alloy 10-speed cranks, wheels and pedals.

Deda Elimenti provide the Newton bar and Newton 31 stem, while Mizuno handles the fork duties.

The Merckx SCIII sloping frame hits the scales at a shade over 1.2 kg, thanks to the Easton Scandium SC7000 tubing used.

Frame: Eddy Merckx SCIII
Fork: Mizuno
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-Speed with Campagnolo Record cranks
Wheelset: Campagnolo
Pedals: Campagnolo
Handlebar: Deda Newton 31
Stem: Deda Newton 31

Carbon collection
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Jean Delatour

The Jean Delatour team had a lot of input into the design of the 850-gram Scott C1 Carbon Concept bike, which uses a special carbon lay technique called the Shock Dampening System.

Yuriy Krivstov's frame is outfitted with Shimano's Dura-Ace 9-speed group, along with Shimano's new WH-7701 wheels. Ritchey bars and stem sit up front on top of a 280 gram C1 SL carbon fork.

Frame: Scott USA C1
Fork: C1
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9-Speed with Shimano Dura-Ace cranks
Wheelset: Shimano
Pedals: Shimano
Handlebar: Ritchey Wcs
Stem: Ritchey Wcs

All those curves
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Fassa Bortolo

Like Team Telekom, Fassa Bortolo choose to ride the Pinarello Dogma. And apart from the Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL Tour de France wheels, the bike is outfitted with the same Campagnolo 10-speed group and Deda Elimenti Newton bars and stem.

Selle Italia provide the seat, while Vittoria supply the rubber.

Frame: Pinarello Dogma
Fork: Pinarello Onda
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-Speed with Campagnolo Record cranks
Wheelset: Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL Tour de France
Pedals: Time
Handlebar: Deda Newton 31
Stem: Deda Newton 31

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In part one of the Bikes of the Tour, we looked at the Cannondale CAAD8 of Gilberto Simoni. But his wasn't the only interesing Canondale in the peloton.

Fabio Sacchi's CAAD7 bike was outfitted with Campagnolo's new Campagnolo Electric group. Powered by a frame mounted battery, the electronically shifted derailleurs take this classic brand-name and shoot it into the 21st century.

For more information on the electronic group, see our Tech Feature from early April.

Frame: Cannondale CAAD7
Fork: Time
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Electric with Cannondale Hollowgram cranks
Wheelset: Mavic
Pedals: Time
Handlebar: Cinelli
Stem: Cinelli


Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews


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