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Tour de France 2022 Stage 1 TT tech mega gallery

The Tour’s opening stage was packed with cutting edge speedy bike tech

Matthew Loveridge
1 Jul 2022

Stage 1 of the 2022 Tour de France saw riders take on a rather wet 13.2km individual time-trial around central Copenhagen, with Yves Lampaert of QuickStep Alpha Vinyl taking the win by five seconds over Wout van Aert, and Tadej Pogačar a mere seven seconds off the lead.

As ever, there was plenty of TT tech for the speed nerds to get excited about. 

Gigantic chainrings abounded, tri-spoke wheels were everywhere, and towers of spacers under aero extension arm rests were the norm. 

Keep scrolling for every weird and wonderful machine that caught our attention. 

Best looking bike of the day? This Alpecin–Deceuninck Canyon Speedmax with an unbranded Aerocoach front wheel and unbranded Princteon Carbonworks disc is a top contender. 

Bora-Hansgrohe’s Specialized Shivs were up there too. 

Some had their rear wheels stickered up for non-profit Outride, which aims to make cycling more accessible for young people. 

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux’s Cube Aeriums were among a number of bikes fitted with CeramicSpeed’s aero (and patriotic) rear derailleur cages.

It’s not a TT bike, but we loved this ridiculously overbuilt flat bar Trek Domane, which was lurking by the Trek-Segafredo bus. 

Bahrain Victorious’s Meridas were fitted with a seemingly brand new Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF tubeless tyre. 

EF Education-EasyPost. There’s always a lot going on. 

UAE Team Emirates’ recently revealed Colnago TT1s look absolutely incredible. 

The truncated seatstay arrangement looks mad in a good way. This is Tadej Pogačar’s spare bike, by the way. 

Continental dominated tyre choices. This particular Canyon Speedmax has the new Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF on the front, and the now-discontinued Grand Prix 5000 TL on the rear. 

56/43 is big, but it wasn’t the biggest.

Tightening that tubeless valve nut looks frustrating. 

There were still a fair few tubulars around like the go-to Continental Competition Ltd so often favoured by pro teams, but the numbers have definitely dropped. 

BikeExchange-Jayco’s Giants were delightfully blue.

Lotto Soudal is still on the Ridley Dean Fast, or Dead Fast as it appears to say on the top tube. 

Lotto is still running some 11-speed Campagnolo groupsets. 58/46 or you’re not even trying. 

Another 58/46. Denmark is flat, you know.

This shot is obligatory. 

Spacer stack shenanigans and aggressively carbon extensions. 

Nairo Quintana’s Canyon had this funky Pro tri-spoke.

Dimpled aero bottles are for serious cyclists. 

Astana Qazaqstan’s Wiliers had ‘30 year special edition’ Corima tri-spokes. 

This is the newly launched Elite Justo direct-drive indoor trainer. 

Groupama-FDJ were using these intriguing unbranded tri-spokes with a huge faired-over hub shell.

This computer mount pivots, presumably to allow space to twist the head unit for removal. 

Dani Martínez’s spare bike was this eye-catching previous generation Pinarello Bolide. 

Israel-Premier Tech’s Factor Hanzos have incredible graphics. 

Pretty, and geometric. 

In a smaller size with the seatpost in the ‘forward’ position, this BMC Timemachine is... something.

In the ‘rear’ position, it’s still an acquired taste. 

And finally, a 56/44 to wrap things up. 

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Photography: Matthew Loveridge

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