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Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel won the German...

Pro Bike: Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah FAST

Caley Fretz visits with André Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Lotto-Belisol’s Andre Greipel won the German championships just before the Tour and showed up in Corsica with this new custom-painted Noah, playing off both his German champ colors and his long-time nickname: the Gorilla. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Greipel has had this custom Gorilla on his Ridleys for the last two seasons, but this year’s seems particularly ferocious. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
The Noah neatly integrates its front and rear brakes into the seat stays and fork, respectively. The brake arms are actually part of the frame, made of carbon fiber designed to flex inwards. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
The Noah has been redesigned and now has a more comfortable ride than in year’s past. As the shape of its head tube shows, though, the bike is still primarily focused on aerodynamics. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Greipel has his initials on his wheels and tires, so mechanics can easily pick them out. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
An 11-25 cassette for Saturday’s relatively flat stage. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
The national lottery is behind Greipel’s squad. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Tacx carbon cages. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
The front brake on the Noah FAST is integrated into the fork. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Clean and fast. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Greipel took the German championships just before the Tour started. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
A nifty little number holder on the back of Greipel’s seatmast topper. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Internal routing for Greipel’s Campagnolo Record EPS group. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
The Gorilla uses Deda’s 35mm bar/stem system. The larger diameter increases stiffness. His stem is 130mm long. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
This poor derailleur was blind to its terrible fate; it would be smashed to bits within the final kilometers of the first stage in the big crash that took Greipel out of the running. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
A standard 53/39 Campagnolo Ultra Torque crankset with SRM power meter. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Fat, 35mm Deda bars for the big sprinter. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah FAST
Campagnolo Record EPS levers. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com