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What bikes are the favourites using at the Tour de France TT?

Ollie Gill
21 Jul 2016

Opinions are split on the best kit for the day with GC riders opting for road bikes, TT bikes, 'clip-ons' and disc wheels.

Today’s time trial from the valley town of Sallanches to ski resort of Megeve has left some riders and mechanics scratching as to what equipment is best to use.

In the paddock this morning, most riders were going for a normal road set up, often with clip-on TT bars - many cited that the riders have little to gain at this stage of the Tour de France from an aggressive set up.

So what about those who might have more to gain? Here is what we know thus far for the top six:

Chris Froome

The Yellow Jersey be riding on a full TT set up. Perhaps not too much of a surprise but he is the only one in the Team Sky that will be using this bike, the others preferring to stay with the their Dogma F8 steads.

Bauke Mollema

A bit of the odd one out - he’ll be on his Trek Emonda probably with TT clip-on bars. He won’t even be on the more aggressive Madone road frame as some of his team mates will - when we mentioned this to the Team Sky mechanics, the response was: ‘I’m not surprised, have you seen the way he rides?’

Adam Yates

The Bury-born, White Jersey holder will be the only one astride his Scott Plasma. Mechanics at the Orica Bike-Exchange bus confirmed that no-one else will be doing this. Road bikes with clip-ons will be the order of the day for them.

Nairo Quintana

As at 12pm, the Colombian and his Movistar team still hadn’t decided which bike to ride on. The team are waiting to see how the riders setting off earlier get on. Also they mentioned they are keeping an eye on the weather. Although it rained last night no more rain is forecast, but larger clouds are gathering around the mountain peaks that surround Sallanches.

Roman Bardet

The Frenchman is on his Focus Izalco Max with TT clip-ons as is the same with the rest of his teammates. He did appear to have what plenty of gearing to get up the few parts that really ramp up over 10 per cent. Mechanics wouldn’t let anyone get too close to the bike, but it looked as though his rear cassette was at least a 28T, perhaps even more…

Richie Porte

We were just going to report on the top five, but after yesterday’s excursions and Froome being the only person who could stay with him, today could see him making more ground in GC. The Tasmanian is still planning to go hard but will be on his BMC team-machine with clip-on handlebars that accommodate his Dura-ace shifting.

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