Gallery: Tour de France time trial tech – part one

by Ronan Mc Laughlin

photography by Ronan Mc Laughlin and Cor Vos

The time trial stages of the Grand Tours are usually a hotbed for the latest tech and innovation, and this year’s Tour de France stage 5 did not disappoint. We brought you a full video on time trial bikes of the Tour in anticipation of the main event, and now we have two huge galleries of more tech I spotted walking the paddock before the start.

In this first part, we’ll look at some of the bikes and wheels. Part two continues with more wheels and tyres, along with a look at handlebar setups, positions, and other interesting bits of tech.


First up, let’s take a look at some TT bikes.

New bikes

Alongside all these bikes, we spotted some unreleased, “top secret” bikes on time trial day. We saw both the Cannondale and Trek at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné, but the De Rosa is a new one for us.

Wheels and tyres

Aerodynamics take centre stage on time trial day, but recently teams have come to understand the importance of reducing rolling resistance too. The wheels and tyres bring aerodynamics and rolling resistance together, and an optimal setup can result in huge gains.

Check out part two for a look at tyre choices, new wheels spotted, interesting cockpits, and much much more.

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