With frantic racing, record speeds, and a somewhat surprising winner, the 2022 Paris Roubaix didn’t diappoint. As the riders rolled across the finish line and collapsed on the grass, we headed for the podium to check out the top three bikes.
Dylan van Baarle took a superb solo victory and praised his team support in dialing in his race bike and equipment.
Van Baarle made it two from two for the Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR tubeless tyres. The Ineos Grenadiers raced with the 30 mm-wide tyre and with unnamed tyre inserts.
Van Baarle’s bike was caked in “Belgian toothpaste”. This could have been anything sprayed up from the road or potentially a carb drink blasted out of a bottle exploding as another rider rode over it.
Presumably this bar tape was new at the start, it was decidedly worn by the finish. It appears Van Baarle had double wrap tape on the drops with just a single wrap up top. The latest Dutch winner of the Hell of the North favours the drops for the cobble sectors, a departure from the traditional on-the-tops position.
Roubaix is Van Baarle’s most prestigious and impressive result in a rapidly growing palmares.
All new, all 12-speed.
The peloton speed is increasing and the gearing matches that. A 54 tooth chainring is almost the norm now, although this one doesn’t get Shimano’s usual hollow construction. Note the K-Edge chain watcher, too, with the integrated magnet for the power meter.
Dogma F, “no number required”.
Anyone want to criticise Van Baarle for not slamming his stem? Right, thought so.
Wout van Aert raced on the Cervelo Caledonia. This is his spare bike after a bike change late in the race.
Van Aert has been racing with the previous-generation Dura-Ace 11-speed groupset, most often paired with 53-tooth outer chainrings, but the Belgian champion opted for 54-tooth chainrings at Roubaix.
Single wrap bar tape for Van Aert.
Despite only racing a few cobble sectors, the bike was still pretty dusty by the finish line.
Van Aert raced with tubulars with the famous A. Dugast logo. Jumbo-Visma’s tyre supplier, Vittoria, acquired A. Dugast last year.
No chance to check the data; all three riders removed their head units before the bikes were whisked away to the podium.
Stefan Küng raced the new Lapierre Xelius SL3 to third place in Paris Roubaix.
Kung opted for Shimano’s deepest wheelset, the Dura-Ace C60. The Swiss classics star specifically mentioned the wheel choice in his post race press conference, pointing to the aero demands of the increasing speed in the peloton and the need for a compliant bike on the pave as the reason behind his bike and wheel selection.
Different bike, same big chainrings.
No prizes for guessing what SK2 stands for – Stefan Küng 2. Answers on a post card for what the “I1” label might mean.
Sprinter shifters in their traditional position. Küng also seemed to prefer the drops for many of the pave sectors.
A dusty day in hell.
Although some teams and riders opted for clutch-equipped rear derailleurs to improve chain retention on the cobbles, Küng went with the standard Dura-Ace setup.
Küng’s frame was equipped with a direct-mount rear derailleur hanger. This supposedly improves shifting performance, but also helps speed up rear wheel changes.
The Lapierre Xelius SL3 has a recessed area specifically for the power meter magnet.