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Gallery: A look at the bikes Team Ineos will ride at the Tour de France

Joe Robinson
5 Jul 2019

Kwiatkowski's Bolide and Thomas's Dogma F12 are all mean looking bikes

Team Ineos gave Cyclist a quick look at the bikes they will ride over the next three weeks at the Tour de France including a brand new fleet of Pinarello Dogma F12 road bikes and its trusty Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes.

Michal Kwiatkowski is one of the world’s best time triallists, coming 4th at last year's World Championships, and he has the bike to match.

He, along with his entire team, will take to his Pinarello Bolide for the team time trial (TTT) starting and finishing in Brussels on Sunday but the Polish former Road Race World Champion should be one of the team’s most valuable assets in the race against the clock.

With the team time trial (TTT) being flat and furious, Kwiatkowski has opted for incredible 58-46t chainset offering an eye-wateringly large gear ratio and also the option of a super-efficient chain line.

To put that in perspective, if Kwiatkowski pushed the 58/11 gear at 120rpm, he would be cruising along at a speed of 80kmh.

As already reported, Team Ineos are also using Muc-Off’s £6,000 nanotube chain, with a reported power saving of six watts, and have also fitted the entire team with custom K-Edge chain catchers.

Being sponsored by Shimano, Team Ineos also use a Pro TT wheelset with tri-spoke in the front and a full disc wheels in the rear. Both come fitted with relatively narrow Continental tubular tyres that appear to be around 23mm in width.

A stickler for detail, Ineos have also supplied Kwiatkowski with 3-D printed handlebars, perfectly shaped to the Polish riders arms.

That’s not the only detail on the bars either. Like a lot of riders, Kwiatkowski also opts for the use of sandpaper on the handlebars for better grip when out of the skis.

Kwiatkowski uses a Fizik Transiro Mistica saddle, albeit in a relatively relaxed position in the middle of the seatpost.

Wout's F12

Cyclist also managed to persuade the powers that be to secure time with the Pinarello Dogma F12 team bike of loyal mountain domestique and 2016 Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Wout Poels.

Only a month old, the Dogma F12 is one of the newest bikes in the pro peloton. However, it is only the latest iteration of arguably the Tour’s most successful bike dynasty.

Poels’s rangey figure means the Dutchman goes for what looks to be a 57cm frame paired with a sizeable 130mm stem that is integrated into his carbon Most handlebars.

When the race heads to the mountains, it is likely that Poels will swap from the regular F12 frame to the F12 X-Light, specifically designed for climbing.

The Team Ineos bikes are complete with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets for the whole team including direct-mount rim brakes.

Interestingly, Team Ineos mechanic Gary Blem told Cyclist that the team will be rim brake only for the Tour and that the only member of the team with a disc F12 currently is team manager Dave Brailsford.

Unlike many riders we have seen this week, Poels is opting for a conservative gear ratio of a 53-39t chainset and a standard 11-28 cassette.

Shimano also provides Ineos with its Dura-Ace C60 wheelset while the tyres are Continental Sprint. Again, like the TT bikes, Poels’s F12 bike is fitted with a custom K-Edge chain catcher

All of Ineos's riders have their national flag emblazoned on their top tube, too, but we noticed that Poels had opted for the flag of his Limburg region rather than the Dutch national flag.

Though we couldn't it take away from its stand, we also caught sight of defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas's bike, which sported a modest Welsh dragon sticker on the toptube.

Cyclist's snooping did also find out that Team Ineos could be looking to reveal a new component supplier during the Tour, so watch this space.

Photography by Peter Stuart