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2002 Tour de France bikes pt. 2

Tour bikes: Part one, part two, part three, part four, part five

By Anthony Tan

European editor Tim Maloney's hard at work (sort of), wandering around "Tour Central" and snapping some droolsome shots of the hottest bikes in the peloton. Some of these are team specials, and of those, some might just make it into production for the 2003 season and beyond. Now brace yourselves, and please, use your handkerchiefs if you involuntarily start dripping saliva on your keyboards.

Vlodomir Gustov's Fassa Bortolo Pinarello Prince LS. With Dedacciai U2 tubing and integrated 1 1/8" headset, this baby's even lighter than its predecessor. Top-of-the-line Pinarello carbon Vola forks, Monocoque carbon rear seat stays, Deda Elementi Newton stem and bars, Shimano's ubiquitous Dura-Ace group, Selle Italia Flite Gel saddle to cushion out the bumps and Vittoria CX tubulars glued onto Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL's.

Patrice Halgand's Jean Delatour Scott. Aluminium's still the go at Le Tour, with Halgand's Scott using 7000 series aluminium and Topkey full carbon 1 1/8" non-integrated headset. Popular MTB manufacturer Ritchey have matured to roadie-status, supplying their top spec WCS bar and stem combo to the JD boys, with Shimano kitting the squad out with the Dura-Ace group and hoops. Flite saddle is once again by Selle Italia.

Santiago Perez's Kelme Look KG386, featuring a high-modulus carbon fibre frame coupled with their HSC3 straight fork for tight steering. The popular lads in green and blue use ITM Millennium stem and bars, Dura-Ace group and wheelset combo (not shown), rolling on Vittoria CX rubbers and are perched upon... you guessed it, Flite saddles. Blanco's a fearsome climber and needs his setback, so Look's custom seatpin come in handy.

Raivis Belohvosciks' Lampre-Daikin Fondriest Top Level. Deda Alu 107 frameset with Mizuno Domina carbon fork, Deda Magic bars and stem, Campagnolo Record group with 32 hole Campy hubs on FIR's hula hoops. Belohvosciks' bum rests on a very traditional-looking Selle San Marco saddle and enjoys rolling on Vittoria CX tyres. See detail for Fondriest's "Progressive Shock Absorber" carbon triangle and "Monobox" bracket.

Raimondas Rumsas' Lampre-Daikin Fondriest Don Racer. Same paintjob, different bike. Full carbon frame with non-integrated Mizuno Fiandre fork, Deda Spectrum carbon fibre bars and Deda Mag00 magnesium stem. Rumsas gets the special treatment with the Record carbon cranks and Selcof carbon fibre seatpost. The Italian connection is complete with the Selle San Marco saddle and Vittoria CX tyres. Is Don. Is good.

David Moncoutie's Cofidis MBK. Very French, very purdy. Columbus Airplane main triangle with Time carbon fibre rear triangle and Time Avant Carbon fork with 1 1/8" integrated headset. It's the year 2002 but the ITM Millennium bar and stem combo is as popular as ever. Lovely jubbly Campagnolo 10 speed group and Campy Neutron wheels. Selle San Marco's MBK team issue Concor saddle rounds out the package.

2002 Tour de France bikes pt. 1
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