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