In the Pits, Stage 1: All the tech worth talking about

Velonews caught all the tech worth talking about prior to the first stage of the 2018 Tour de France.

Mavic was back at the neutral support game for stage one of the 2018 Tour de France. The dropper post-equipped bikes were also still present. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Mavic did make one change for 2018: Instead of a loop of cable that actuates the post, there’s now a lever to initiate the drop. This should be much easier for riders to handle in a pinch. Dan Cavallari |
Rumor has it that this is Peter Sagan’s 2019 sprint bike. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Alexander Kristoff had a decent showing in the finishing sprint during stage one. He did it atop this Colnago Concept. Dan Cavallari |
While Chris Froome has consistently been met with boos from the crowd (and the Team Sky bus was similarly showered with ill will as it approached the team paddock), Egan Bernal sits in the front of the bus and adds yet another layer of depth to a Team Sky squad that can once again dominate the Tour. Dan Cavallari |
Think Team Sky isn’t still the team to beat? Look at the depth: Froome, Bernal, Thomas, and Kwiatkowski make for a formidable lineup. Here, a mechanic carries Michal Kwiatkowski’s Pinarello F10 to the bus before the start of stage 1. Dan Cavallari |
Kwiatkowski nabbed the Polish national championship last month, so he sports a custom paint job. Dan Cavallari |
Kwiato runs an integrated handlebar and stem, once again decked out in custom colors. Dan Cavallari |
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He may be quiet in interviews, but Kwiatkowski is capable of surprising the peloton and shuttling his team captain to the podium when necessary. Dan Cavallari |
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There’s no reason to stop and ask for directions anymore. Dan Cavallari |
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We noticed these custom Look pedals on the bikes of AG2R-La Mondiale riders, and Fugelsang has them, too. A snazzy reminder of what one should focus on in July… Dan Cavallari |
Rick Zabel cleverly places a sticker on his handlebars so suckers like VeloNews’s tech editor Dan Cavallari will snap photos and give his website some play. Dan Cavallari |
A few days ago we posted a gallery of Stefan Küng’s BMC Timemachine Road, and mused that it might not be used because so many parts would need to be removed first. Well, before stage one, Küng’s Timemachine was perched atop the team car, sans-integrated bottle cage system that would otherwise act as a fairing. Will we see it in action before Paris? Dan Cavallari |
This is Tom Dumoulin’s sled for the 2018 Tour. Dumoulin had a strong showing at the Giro, but now the question is whether he’ll have the legs to make him a threat at the Tour. Dan Cavallari |
Which bike is Phinney’s? Always the biggest one. Phinney stands almost 6’5″ tall, so his bike is equally formidable. Dan Cavallari |
The SystemSix is Cannondale’s newest and most modern aero bike. With the growth of the aero category, Cannondale was off the back. But the company seems to have caught up in a big way. Dan Cavallari |
Snub nose saddles have kicked around the triathlon world for quite some time, but they’re just recently making their way into the road scene. Phinney is taking a chance on this snub-nose saddle from Prologo to keep him comfortable through the long stages ahead. Dan Cavallari |
An aero handlebar adds to the watt savings here. Could Phinney take this slick beast into a breakaway and claim the day in the near future? Dan Cavallari |
When we spotted the prototype SystemSix at the Giro d’Italia this year, the cap beneath the stem was missing from Joe Dombrowski’s bike. We speculated that the system might not be on full display, and we were right. Here you can see how the cables slot into the head tube cleanly. Dan Cavallari |
Much of the aero tube shaping you see on the SystemSix follows the trends. The rear wheel is tucked in tightly to the seat tube, and the truncated airfoil shapes help wind flow around the tubes much more efficiently than it would with round tubes. Dan Cavallari |
Trek announced its newest aero bike only a few hours before stage one, and here is Tom Skujins’s Madone in all its glory. It sports a Project One Icon paint job and an adjustable rear IsoSpeed decoupler for added comfort. Skujins chose the disc-equipped version, as did the rest of the team: Trek-Segafredo is the first teams to embrace disc brakes fully, committing to using them throughout the Tour. Dan Cavallari |
The number plate holder on Skujins’s Madone is actually adapted from Trek’s fender mounts. Dan Cavallari |
Ridley clearly has a new aero bike, and they clearly don’t want us to know what it is yet. It’s camouflaged in some pretty neat tape. Dan Cavallari |
While this appears to be an evolution of Ridley’s previous aero bikes, the camouflage does a good job of masking what’s new here.
What is it? Dan Cavallari |
There’s a small wing of sorts between the two seat stays at the junction with the seat tube. Is this an aero feature? Dan Cavallari |
Greipel has embraced his nickname. He’s known for torquing hard on his cockpit. In the past he has run 35mm handlebar/stem combos to add stiffness to the front end. Here, he’s running an integrated cockpit emblazoned with his mascot. Dan Cavallari |
Based on only a quick glance before stage one, it seems as though the rear end of Greipel’s new bike is fairly stout. It also appears to be slightly asymmetrical. Dan Cavallari |
Hot off the success of his brother’s Giro performance, Adam Yates has jumped feet first into the mix for a Tour de France showing. He’ll make his attempt aboard a Scott Addict RC. Dan Cavallari |
The Addict looks thin and wispy. That’s because it is. This thing is made purely for going fast uphill. Dan Cavallari |
Stages last a long time. It’s best to know what’s coming up in an hour or so. Dan Cavallari |