The usual housing entry ports on Sep Vanmarcke's (Blanco) Giant Defy Advanced SL go unused here. Team mechanics instead run the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire into the underside of the top tube, right next to the rear brake entry point.
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All the cobblestone tech from Paris-Roubaix
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So far we've shown you the Paris-Roubaix bikes of Omega Pharma-QuickStep, BMC, Garmin-Sharp, and RadioShack-Leopard – and there are still more full-blown pro bike features to come. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the other bikes that took to the cobbles this year, including the Giant Defy Advanced SL of second-place finisher Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco).
Once again Mother Nature delivered clear skies and dry roads so the truly outrageous bikes were left in storage for another year. Most bikes weren't terribly different from what we saw at Flanders although some teams and riders did have to make some more major concessions in order to run the high-volume tubulars required for the more punishing French pavé.
While there was obviously no mud this time around, a few teams still saw fit to crack out the 'cross bikes – but only for the added tire clearance and more stable handling. As a side benefit, these teams didn't have to go to extraordinary means to achieve a rider's requested position since those machines generally aren't built with longer head tubes like so-called 'endurance' bikes.
Will next year's edition finally bring back the foul weather? Perhaps, but if not we've got a good idea at this point what sort of machines we'll see.
Enjoy our 120-image gallery and stay tuned for more techf rom Paris-Roubaix in the coming days.
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