Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Deceuninck-Quick-Step riders sure are spoiled with an array of S-Works bikes at their disposal. Julian Alaphilippe’s weapon of choice is this disc-equipped S-Works Tarmac. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Photo: Dan Cavallari | The Wolfpack has had an incredible season so far. Alaphilippe’s top tube reminds him of that with a wolf decal staring up at him. VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Some tech gets all the press. Paint? Less so. But paint jobs on bicycles have gotten downright magnificent in recent years. From afar, Alaphilippe’s bike looks black with hints of purple. Up close, the story is a bit more complex than that. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Not all pros ride 140mm stems, you know. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
There’s a trend among riders to ride frames that are too small for them. Alaphilippe seems to be doing just that. It’s largely a play to create a laterally stiffer ride and more responsive handling thanks to the shorter wheelbase. As a result, Alaphilippe runs a longer stem than he would otherwise. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
K-Edge crops up in almost every team paddock these days. These CNC-machined computer mounts serve two purposes: First, they keep computers solidly in place with little wobble or shaking; and second, they serve to remind computer manufacturers that chintzy plastic mounts won’t cut the mustard much longer. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Wispy Tacx bottle cages adorn Alaphilippe’s down tube. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Alaphilippe’s Specialized Romin Evo saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
A 53/39 chainring combo seems to be the order of the day for the early stages of the 2019 Tour de France. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
Similarly, just about every pro bike we’ve seen is running an 11-30 cassette, just as Alaphilippe is. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
More K-Edge bits, this time keeping the chain from dropping into the BB shell should tragedy strike. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works tarmac
It may not look sexy, but the bit of tape around the valve serves an important function: It keeps the valve from rattling in the valve hole, and thereby keeps a rider’s brain from rattling in his head. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com