The Tour de France isn’t only a race fought between riders; on the equipment side, every bike supplier also uses the event as a showcase for its flagship machines, and they’re often resplendent in eye-catching custom paint that’s specifically designed to attract attention.
Scott provided the Mitchelton-Scott team with gorgeous new Addict RC framesets just days prior to this year’s Grand Depart. Not only do they sport the now-aero tube shaping the company debuted just last month, but they’re also coated in shimmery color-shifting paint that looked more green or purple depending on the angle of the sunlight, and highlighted by fluorescent yellow logos that will be impossible to miss in the peloton.
Leading the team’s charge for the overall classification is Adam Yates – the twin brother of teammate Simon Yates, who targeted the Giro d’Italia earlier this season. As befitting a dedicated climber like Yates, team mechanics are focusing on getting his machine right down to the 6.8kg minimum weight mandated by the UCI. Team officials unfortunately wouldn’t let us weigh the bike when we photographed it, but given the actual weight of production bikes, plus the handful of lightweight touches that were yet to be fitted before race day (such as a lighter and/or shorter seatpost), we’re assured it’ll be bang-on at that limit when it hits the starting line tomorrow.
[Please note that this gallery is best viewed on a desktop computer with a big monitor. And you can also find our complete coverage from this year’s Tour de France here.]