Richie Porte's Tour de France Pinarello Bolide

56t chainring on the Australian national champion's 45cm bike

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

Richie Porte is one strong cog in the Team Sky's 2015 Tour de France machine, and he started this year's race aboard a custom-painted Pinarello Bolide in recognition of his Australian national time trial championship win. 

Standing 172cm (5ft 8in), Porte rides a bike with extreme numbers. For instance, the cranks are a a short 167.5mm on his 45cm frame, but the chainrings are a hearty 56/44t combination. His Stages power meter can probably report some impressive numbers, too, but Team Sky isn't sharing those.

We weighed his bike at 8.39kg (18.5lb) — that does not count the rather sizable GPS transponder that riders are required to mount on their bikes this year.

The 2015 Tour started with a 13.8km time trial in Utrecht, Holland, where Porte didn't manage the top 10 ahead of three weeks serving as Chris Froome's super domestique.

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