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2002 Tour de France bikes pt. 5

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

By Paul Mirtschin

Cyclingnews' European editor Tim Maloney and correspondent Christopher Henry continue to follow the peloton snapping shots off as they go. And in part five of Tour Bikes we have a look at both bikes and some of the components found on them.

And to start off we have a few shots of Lance Armstrong's time trial bike. As mentioned in Tour Bikes 4, the OCLV HC carbon frame and Air Foil fork is the same one that Trek sells to the public. Here we get a good look at the Mavic disc wheel along with the rest of the bike. We also mentioned that Hed have been supplying the USPS team with some time trial bar/stem combo's, but as you can see here, Lance is sticking to the Deda time trial bar/stem combo.

We grabbed a shot of FSA's Bonjour special edition crankset a few weeks back, and it still causes drools here in the office after all that time.

Only 150 cranks will be made available to the public, and will come in both Shimano Octalink 9 speed and ISIS Drive 10 speed versions. But the Bonjour team riders didn't have to line up to get theirs. Is this the future of cranks?

When you hit the big time, they put your name on your bike. Brad McGee's got his name on his Lapierre team issue frame, but Shimano are yet to put it on the Dura-Ace components he's using.

Peter Luttenberger's Tacconi Sport-Tonello Carrera team time trial bike. An aluminum frame with full carbon fiber downtube and rear triangle makes for a very light frame and the FSA Carbon cranks won't hurt the weight either.

Early in the year we broke the news of Lance Armstrong testing Shimano's new "LOOK style" pedals, and how Lance was raving about them. Well here they are in all their glory. Quite a few of the teams are now using these, and you can bet a lot of the punters will be chasing them when they are released.

Don't take too much notice of the carbon rear, or of how it softens out the road... Just take some time to view the fantastic paintwork on the seat-tube. Then wonder how much it would cost to get one done yourself.

Gian Matteo Fagnini's Team Deutsche Telekom Pinarello Prince LS. Quite a mouthful of a name and a very nice bike. Frame is a Dedaaccai U2 with carbon fiber seatstays and the forks are Pinarello Volas. The bar and stem combo is by 3T this time, and I must admit I quite like the machined clamp area of the stem. Campagnolo Record is stamped all over the group and the wheels also have the Campagnolo name. And it's a very pretty pink.

Here's the cockpit of Karsten Kroon's Rabobank Colnago C-40 that we looked at back in Tour Bikes 3. From this angle you get a better look at the ITM Millennium bars and stem as well as Kroon's Shimano Flightdeck computer.