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Gallery: A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson
10 Jan 2019

Photographer Chris Auld caught some of the bikes set to grace the WorldTour in 2019

The Tour Down Under gets the WorldTour circus up and running next Tuesday with a rolling 132.4km Stage 1 around the Australian city of Adelaide.

It will be the first opportunity of 2019 to see some of the world's biggest and brightest stars pinning on a number and starting yet another season in the professional peloton.

Among those will be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who begins a season focused around Milan-San Remo success and Richie Porte who will be looking for a change of fortunes at new team Trek-Segafredo

The Tour Down Under will also represent the first chance to see all of the new gear being used in the WorldTour in the same place.

It will be the first chance to see the new Cervelo S5 in action, thanks to Team Sunweb, while the eagle-eyed among you will notice that some unreleased kit will also be in use, most notably Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed EPS.

Luckily, Cyclist had photographer Chris Auld on the ground in Adelaide to snap this tech for your viewing pleasure.

A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Team Sky: Pinarello Dogma F10

A modern-day classic of the pro peloton, the Pinarello Dogma has been a loyal sidekick of Team Sky for the best part of a decade and will stay with the team as they ride off into the sunset at the end of the year.*

Little has changed for the team in regards to the set up of the bike with Shimano providing its Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Dura-Ace wheels while Pinarello's own subsidiary brand Most provides finishing components such as the aero cockpit.

The bike has a new lick of paint to reflect the navy in the jersey while it is interesting to see that the team is still fighting against the ubiquitous use of disc brakes unlike many of its opponents.

*If they are not purchased by a Canadian-Israeli billionaire or Comcast.

CCC Team: Giant TCR

New kids on the block CCC Team have brought some colour into the peloton with orange jerseys but not with the all-black Giant bikes, as the Taiwanese brand moves away from its former partnership with Team Sunweb

That's not a problem, mind. The Giant TCR looks to be one of the cleanest bikes in the peloton with its own brand wheels - complete with a slightly comical hashtag decal - and a set of clean Vittoria tan wall tyres to match. 

CCC, like Team Sky will also opt for Shimano groupsets in 2019, along with Giant's own finishing kit and GPS computer.

Beyond the TCR, riders will also have use of Giant's aero Propel bike which we are likely to see on Stage 1 considering the race's sprint finish.

Team Sunweb: Cervelo S5

Tom Dumoulin, Michael Matthews and the Team Sunweb gang will now be riding Cervelo instead of Giant for 2019 including the brand new Cervelo S5. 

With a gaudy paint job and a funky split stem, the team will be hoping the bike's technical prowess, as opposed to its stunning looks, will be getting it across the line first. 

The V-shaped stem promises to allow a cleaner flow of air through the bike although can be converted to a traditional set up if preferred by the rider.

Like CCC and Team Sky, Team Sunweb have also dressed their bikes with Shimano Dura-Ace but with disc brakes, as the Cervelo S5 only allows for this. The team will also use Shimano wheels and Continental Competition tubular tyres.

Lotto Soudal: Ridley Noah Fast

Belgian team Lotto Soudal proved busy in the transfer market this year bringing in sprinter Caleb Ewan and lead-out men Adam Blythe and Roger Kluge. Apt considering bike provider Ridley released its updated Noah Fast aero bike late last year.

The frame is claimed to be 10% faster in the wind tunnel than its previous iteration and should propel the team to further wins in the next 12 months.

It's also worth noting that Lotto Soudal, alongside Movistar, will also be riding the unreleased Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed EPS, the electronic version of the new groupset launched this time last year.

What this likely means is that we can expect the EPS 12-speed to be on shelves in the not too distant future.

To match the Campagnolo groupset are Bora Ultra wheels and Deda components. 

Groupama-FDJ: Lapierre Aircode

Quietly bubbling along as one of the best looking bikes in the pro peloton, the Lapierre Aircode will be the aerodynamic weapon of choice for French team Groupama-FDJ. 

Not just because of its appealing red, white and blue colour scheme but its effortlessly clean design for an aero bike that matches traditional geometries and more advanced tube shapes.

Like the majority of WorldTour teams, Groupama-FDJ have opted for Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and Dura-Ace wheels although interestingly with rim brakes, bucking the trend for discs.

Shimano also provides its Pro components for the stem and handlebars.

Bora-Hansgrohe: Specialized S-Works Venge 

The bike of Peter the Great, the S-Works Venge propelled both Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors to a mountain of wins last season and should do yet again. 

Shedding weight from the previous edition of this bike, don't be surprised to see the Venge used at the Cobbled Classics as riders like Sagan try to take advantage of its aero capabilities in the race's final kilometres. 

Specialized has also provided its Roval wheels, saddles and aero handlebar/stem combination to the Bora team while Shimano, yet again, gets its Dura-Ace Di2 disc groupset on show. 

Also, notice that Sagan has opted for a sprint shifter inside the bars to make it easier to change gear when riding full gas towards the line. 

Bahrain-Merida: Merida Reacto

The Bahraini team take to the Tour Down Under with the Merida Reacto, the aero bike that guided Vincenzo Nibali to a memorable victory at Milan-San Remo in 2018

New signings Phil Bauhaus and Rohan Dennis will be hoping that the Reacto's low weight will be enough to guide them across the rolling sprint days early in the week before likely switching to the climbing Scultura for the stage on Willunga Hill. 

Again, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 disc is in use with the addition of an SRM power meter to the crankset. Wheels are provided by Fulcrum while the cockpit is Vision's one-piece Metron combination. 

Movistar: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

One of the few teams to stick by Campagnolo in the WorldTour, Movistar will also be using the unreleased Super Record 12-speed EPS at the Tour Down Under, the first time the groupset has been used in cycling's top flight.

Like Lotto Soudal, Movistar will also be partnering this groupset with a set of Bora Ultra wheels to bring an Italian vibe to this thoroughly German bike. 

The frame is the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, the climbing bike in the brand's range, which has recently been given some aero optimisation to improve efficiency on the flat roads.

Canyon also provides the seatpost and its one-piece aerocockpit to finish the bike in a sleek manner.