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Cobble Tech: VeloNews’ Ben Delaney checks out what the teams are using on the cobbles this year

Although not as harsh as Paris-Roubaix, the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders do warrant a few concessions from racers’ typical bikes. For wheels, standard steel spokes and box rims are the rule (although of course there are exceptions). Beyond that, each team's mechanics have their own take on the ideal set-up for the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Here are a few of the details we found at a few teams’ hotels and inside the start village in Brugge.

By Ben Delaney

Flanders Tech: Silence-Lotto rides German Canyon bikes. Unlike his teammates, Philipe Gilbert's bike had Mavic Ksyriums.

Flanders Tech: Silence-Lotto rides German Canyon bikes. Unlike his teammates, Philipe Gilbert’s bike had Mavic Ksyriums.

Photo: Ben Delaney

Although not as harsh as Paris-Roubaix, the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders do warrant a few concessions from racers’ typical bikes. For wheels, standard steel spokes and box rims are the rule (although of course there are exceptions). Beyond that, each team’s mechanics have their own take on the ideal set-up for the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Here are a few of the details we found at a few teams’ hotels and inside the start village in Brugge.

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