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This article originally published on BikeRadar
Jens Voigt (RadioShack Leopard) was an animating presence in Saturday's Tour de France stage 14 to Saint-Pourçain. Alas, 15km from the end, the popular veteran – who's taking part in his 16th Tour de France – was dropped from an 18-strong group and came in four minutes behind the winner.
"It was a good try – I just didn't have the legs to really go ‘til the end," said the two-time Tour individual stage winner. "Jan [Bakelants, Voigt's teammate] looked a lot better and stronger than me so I tried to set him up for an attack so he could go for the win himself."
For what could be his final Tour, Voigt is riding a stock Trek Madone 7-Series in H1 geometry – the bike that RadioShack are using for the 2013 Tour de France.
H1 geometry is a fit that allows flexible riders to get a lower and more aerodynamic position on the bike. In fact, aerodynamics are critical to the makeup of the 7-Series frame. It uses teardrop-shaped tubing to smooth airflow, the asymmetric fork is cut away for a Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount brake and the rear is fixed under the bottom bracket.
While the frame aims to harvest free watts wherever possible, power transmission is given ample consideration too. The bike uses a wide BB90 bottom bracket and the E2 head tube and fork configuration uses a standard taper width to keep the front rigid when pulling on the bars.
Of course, the talking point for the frame at the Tour start was the colour scheme. The standout turquoise with red accenting was a special Trek Project One paint scheme developed for the team to celebrate their participation in the 100th Tour de France.
See our image gallery, above right, for more photos of Jens Voigt's Trek Madone.
Where most chain catchers are an appendage fixed under the front derailleur, the 7-Series version is integrated into the frame
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Trek Madone 7 Series, 60cm H1 Project One
Fork: Trek Madone KVF full carbon
Headset: Cane Creek 110 integrated, 1 1/8in to 1 1/2in tapered
Stem: Bontrager Race XXX Lite, 120mm x -7 degrees
Handlebar: Bontrager Race Lite Anatomic, 44cm (c-c)
Tape: Bontrager cork
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount BR-9010
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: SRM Wireless PowerMeter DuraAce 9000, 177.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: BB90 stainless steel cartridge bearing
Pedals: Speedplay Nano
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 5 tubular
Front tire: Schwalbe One 24mm
Rear tire: Schwalbe One 24mm
Saddle: Bontrager Team Issue
Seatpost: Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon
Bottle cages: Bontrager XXX bottle cage (2)
Computer: SRM PowerControl 7 (not mounted)
Rider's height: 1.9m (6ft 3in)
Rider's weight: 77kg (170lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 840mm
Saddle setback: 100mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 522mm
Tip of saddle nose to c of bar: 631mm
Saddle to bar drop (vertical): 138mm
Head tube length: 180mm
Top tube length: 591mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.04kg (15.52lb)