BIKES
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Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
BIKES OF THE PELOTON

There have been more than a couple of cold, grey mornings at the Tour de France so far this year. Luckily though there are several bikes in the peloton that have brightened up the days. Custom paint jobs are just a fraction of the tech on offer at the start line for the keen-eyed.

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Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Simon Gerrans has been well and truly looked after by his mechanics. A special white SCOTT Addict has been built up for the rough roads and hilly ones ready and match the Australian’s impressive jersey.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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↥ AUSSIE

Aside from this light version, Simon uses a SCOTT FOIL, also custom painted in homage to his Australian roots.

↥ CHAVA

While we’re on the subject of custom paint jobs, the one that had everyone snapping photos was Sylvain Chavanel’s neon orange SCOTT Addict. Matching his aggressive temperament on the bike, Sylvain rides his favorite colors in a catchy version that alludes to his addiction to muscle cars.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ HEINO

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS

Heinrich Haussler – Classics Specialist – also shows a custom version of his SCOTT Addict during the brutal Stage 5. Matching his team jersey and including some Pavé details, this bike was clearly made for only one stage.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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↥ SUNS OUT

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ GUNS OUT

Finally the sun is out and with it summer temperatures are making an appearance. The more the Tour de France heads towards the South of France, the warmer it becomes. After a very welcomed first rest day, riders reloaded their batteries and sorted their injuries as best as they could.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ HYDRATED

Today on the road, sun and warmer temperatures put smiles on the rider’s faces while water carriers began their very crucial job for their teammates. Water and hydration have a key role on warm days like these. More water equals faster recovery and more fuel for the body.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ RESPITE

It is the little things that count. Some riders will open their jersey to get fresh air while others just quickly splash cold water on the back of their necks for a few seconds respite.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ HATS OFF

Andrey Talansky was the man to see and to respect today. He showed us great levels of motivation and fight. Still injured from several crashes, he overcame the pain to finish the stage alone, far behind the winner and the bunch. Hats off Andrew.

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