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Tour Pro Bike: Thomas Voeckler’s Colnago C59

2011 Tour de France pro bike: Thomas Voeckler's Colnago C59
Few have the honor of looking down at a cockpit like this during the Tour de France. Photo: Caley Fretz

Within minutes of the conclusion of stage 9, where Thomas Voeckler came across the line seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez to claim the third yellow jersey of this year’s Tour, a second race was just beginning in Cambiago, Italy. Europcar bike sponsor Colnago had just a day to outfit its new champion with a frame befitting the occasion: all yellow, with le coq gaullois (the Gallic rooster, an unofficial national symbol of France) painted proudly on the seat tube.

Colnago won that race, building and painting Voeckler’s C59 frame during the rest day before driving it to his team hotel in Aurillac (over 800 kilometers) for the stage 10 start.

Along with the one-off paint job, Voeckler prefers custom geometry on his C59. His mechanic explained that the frame is a 50cm with sloping geometry but is built with a 1cm longer top tube than normal — 54cm instead of 53.

Build is the Europcar standard, but with a few yellow flourishes. The FSA Plasma integrated bar/stem has yellow accents, his Prologo saddle gets a yellow wing, and his Elite bottle cage is yellow. Voeckler rides with only one bottle cage, preferring to take more frequent feeds rather than hold an extra bottle. The drivetrain is Campagnolo Super Record, and Voeckler prefers Campagnolo’s shallow Hyperon Ultra Two climbing wheelset for most stages.

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