Romain Bardet's custom-painted Factor O2

'Take the risk or lose the chance' for Tour de France hopeful

This article originally appeared on BIkeRadar

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) has the line 'take the risk or lose the chance' emblazoned on the top tube of his custom-painted Factor O2. This statement runs true with the Frenchman's distinctive style of racing, attacking on stage 19 of the 2016 edition Tour de France and moving from fifth to second on the general classification in the process.

In this year's race, Bardet attacked in the final few hundred metres of the brutal Peyragudes climb and took his first stage victory of the 2017 Tour de France.

British brand Factor joined forces with AG2R La Mondiale late last year following a previous partnership with the British domestic team ONE Pro Cycling. Should Bardet go one better than last year and win the Tour de France, the result would be a major coup for the relatively small brand, which is part owned by former professional Baden Cooke and developed closely with David Millar.

Bardet has been riding the new Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL wheels on the flat stages and switching to Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon for the mountain stages
Bardet has been riding the new Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL wheels on the flat stages and switching to Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon for the mountain stages (Josh Evans/Immediate Media)

Bardet's Factor O2 has been given a distinctive white paint job that has been finished with the AG2R La Mondiale traditional blue, as well as black decals.

The bike is equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset, with the crankset provided by SRM.

The SRM Origin crankset runs Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series chainrings and borrows cranks from German brand THM. The crankset weighs in at 599 grams and Bardet opts for traditional chainrings of 53/39t.

CeramicSpeed provides the French outfit with headsets and bottom brackets, as well as the jockey wheels on the Dura-Ace rear derailleur for as many marginal gains as possible.

During the flatter stages of the race, Bardet ran Mavic's Comete Pro Carbon SL wheelset, but during the stage 12 victory in the Pyrenees opted for the lighter weight Cosmic Pro Carbon SL.

Black Inc. supplies the stem, handlebars and seatpost for the team and Bardet opts for a Fizik Arione 00 all-black saddle.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a detailed look at the Frenchman's bike. 

Full Specifications

Frame: Factor O2, custom painted for Romain Bardet
Fork: Factor RGi Carbon, Svelte
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with CeramicSpeed jockey wheels
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28t
Crankset: SRM Origin, 172.5mm, 53/39t chainrings
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed PF30
Wheels: Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL
Tyres: Continental Competition ALX 25mm tubular
Handlebars: Black Inc.
Stem: Black Inc., 130mm
Headset: CeramicSpeed
Tape/grips: Fizik Superlight Soft Touch
Pedals: Look Keo Carbon Blade
Saddle: Fizik Arione 00
Seatpost: Black Inc.
Bottle cages: Elite Vico Carbon
Computer: SRM PC-8, customised for Romain Bardet

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