After seven seasons with the Quick-Step Floors team, Julien Vermote switched from the Belgian squad to the South African team of Dimension Data for 2018. The Belgian made the move to have more of his own opportunities in the spring Classics and to have a chance to link up once again with Mark Cavendish as part of the Briton's sprint team.
Vermote switched from Specialized bikes to Cervélo for the first time in his career, opting for the all-round Cervélo R5 over the more aero-focused Cervélo S5 for nearly all racing and training this season. Vermote rides a 54cm Cervélo R5 frameset, with a raw carbon finish and contrasting green decals in the Dimension Data team colours.
Dimension Data have long partnered with carbon components specialists ENVE, with nearly all of the finishing kit components and wheels for Vermote's Cervélo R5 coming from the American company. Vermote's frameset is paired with ENVE 4.5 SES wheels, with custom green and white decals for Dimension Data and Chris King R45 hubs in matching Emerald Green. ENVE also provides Vermote with handlebars and a stem.
Unlike his teammates who run ENVE seat posts, Vermote looked to have an inline FSA K-Force seat post, in a raw carbon and unbranded finish. The seat post is topped with an Astute saddle, who Dimension Data partnered with for the first time at the start of the 2018 season.
Also for the 2018 season, Dimension Data have switched from handlebar tape from LizardSkins to tape from Colorado-based company Joystick.
Vermote's drive train uses a mix of components from Shimano, Rotor and KMC. Shifting and controls come courtesy of Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 components, while Rotor provides Vermote and Dimension Data with chainrings and power meters. KMC link the components together with an eye-catching X11SL Gold chain.
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