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Bikes of the Tour: Part 3

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 velos. So as we do every year, Cyclingnews will showcase the bikes of the peloton, bringing you the bikes that the pro's ride as they make their way around France in this centenary Tour.

Rabobank

Boogie's bike
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Michael Boogerd's Colnago, fashionably detailed in the new Rabobank colours, has performed well for him this tour, helping him place inside the top 25 in GC at the mid-point of the Tour.

Boogie's bike is another of those running the new 10-speed Dura-Ace group, showing the world what to expect on retail bikes in the coming months.

Frame: Colnago C40 HP
Fork: Colnago Star
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 10-Speed with Shimano Dura-Ace cranks
Wheels: F.I.R. Speedlight
Pedals: Shimano
Handlebar: ITM
Stem: ITM Four

Saeco

Lightning shifts
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In part two of the Bikes of the Tour, we had a look at Fabio Sacchi's CAAD7 bike, outfitted with Campagnolo's new Campagnolo Electric group.

The electronic group has made a bit of noise with our readers, so we decided to take another look at it.

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

Gerolsteiner

Bubbly bike
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Davide Rebellini's Wilier Triestina Karbon 2 bike shows off the cream of components from companies such as Shimano, Ritchey and Ambrosio.

One noticeable difference from the bike you get in the shops is the use of a 330mm-long Shimano XTR mountain bike seatpost.

Frame: Wilier Triestina
Fork: Wilier Carbon
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed with Shimano Dura-Ace cranks
Wheels: Ambrosio
Pedals: Shimano
Handlebar: Ritchey WCS
Stem: Ritchey WCS

Euskaltel - Euskadi

Orange whip
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Alberto Lopez de Munain's Orbea is one of the stand-outs of the peloton; the bright orange and yellow paintwork is hard to miss.

Euskaltel - Euskadi is also one of the teams still running the 9-speed Dura-Ace group.

Frame: Orbea
Fork: Time
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed and Shimano Dura-Ace cranks
Wheels: Mavic
Pedals: Shimano
Handlebar: ITM
Stem: ITM

Ag2R

Penta emotion
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Andy Flickinger's Ag2R Décathlon Penta Pro is one of the 12 bikes in the peloton sporting Campagnolo parts. The entire group and wheels all sport the Campy logo.

Frame: Décathlon Penta Pro
Fork: Décathlon by Time
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-speed with Campagnolo Record carbon cranks
Wheels: Campagnolo Bora
Pedals: Time
Handlebar: ITM
Stem: ITM

Brioches La Boulangère

Got the Time?
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The first of two Time bikes, Thomas Voeckler's bike is built around the Time VX Special Pro frame. It is also one of the bikes using FSA's nifty-looking carbon cranks.

Frame: Time VX Special Pro
Fork: Time
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-speed with FSA Carbon cranks
Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Carbone
Pedals: Time
Handlebar: Deda Magic 31
Stem: Deda Magic 31

Quick Step-Davitamon

Quick Time
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The second of the Time bikes belongs to Richard Virenque. Built around the same frame as Voeckler's bike, the main differences are in the Campagnolo cranks and Mavic wheels, with the Tour de France Ksyrium's once again in use.

Frame: Time VX Special Pro
Fork: Time
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-speed with Campagnolo Record cranks
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL Tour de France
Pedals: Time Impact
Handlebar: Deda Newton
Stem: Time

Vini Caldirola-Sodi

Vini, Vidi, Vici
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Fred Rodriguez's Hercules RC frame, built from Dedacciai U2 aluminium and a Dedacciai Monobox rear carbon cage, is hung with a mixed bag of performance components. The use of Velomax Tempest II deep-dish tubular wheels stands the bike out from the crowd.

Frame: Carrera Hercules RC
Fork: Mizuno
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed FSA Carbon Pro Team Issue cranks
Wheels: Velomax Tempest II
Pedals: Miche
Handlebar: ITM
Stem: ITM Millenium

Cofidis Le Credit par Telephone

It's Millar time
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The second Décathlon Penta Pro of the day, this time belonging to David Millar.

Millar's Penta Pro is specced similar to the Ag2R Décathlons, with the exception of the cranks and wheels.

Frame: Décathlon Penta Pro
Fork: Time
Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record 10-speed with Campagnolo Record cranks
Wheels: Décathlon Penta
Pedals: Time Impact
Handlebar: ITM
Stem: ITM

Credit Agricole

Look here
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Christophe Moreau's Look KG486 is only one of two in the peloton, the other belonging to Oscar Sevilla of Kelme. The rest of Credit Agricole's riders are aboard Look KG386s.

Frame: Look KG486
Fork: Look
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed with Shimano Dura-Ace cranks
Wheels: Shimano WH-7701
Pedals: Look
Handlebar: Ritchey WCS
Stem: Ritchey WCS

Photos

Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews

 

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