Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France was a 27.6 kilometre team time trial from the centre of Brussels to the iconic Atomium sculpture in the north of the city. Team Ineos were first off of the start ramp and held the fastest time throughout the day until Jumbo-Visma – the final team to take to the course – bettered the British squad by 20 seconds to take their second stage in as many days.
Last week, Specialized launched their new S-Works Shiv TT bike, which was first seen at the Giro d’Italia in May. Available as a disc brake only model, the bike follows a trend of range-topping TT bikes to only be available with the braking technology as different manufacturers converge to the ultimate aerodynamic design.
Deceuninck-QuickStep ran Roval 321 rear disc wheels featuring colourful graphics highlighting the Specialized Foundation’s Riding for Focus program. Speaking to Cyclingnews ahead of the stage, Specialized said that both Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-hansgrohe would be racing the stage on S-Works Turbo Cotton clincher tyres with inner tubes as opposed to the traditional tubular option.
Tubeless tyres have increasingly become a presence this season and the team time trial stage was no different. EF Education First, UAE Team Emirates and Lotto Soudal were all seen with Vittoria Corsa Graphene 2.0 tubeless tyres being used on their respective wheelsets.
Katusha-Alpecin and Trek-Segafredo have both been using SRAM’s new RED eTap AXS drivetrains this season and for the relatively flat course in Brussels, several riders opted for 1X drivetrain setups.
Click through the extensive gallery above for a closer look at the tech on display at Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France.