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Bikes of the Tour de France: What the pros are riding

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Fuji's parent company also owns Oval Concepts so it's no surprise to see team bikes so-equipped.

Fuji's parent company also owns Oval Concepts so it's no surprise to see team bikes so-equipped.
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Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) also gets a special gold seatpost collar.

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) also gets a special gold seatpost collar.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi captain Samuel Sanchez gets a touch of gold on his Orbea Orca to celebrate his Olympic gold medal.

Euskaltel-Euskadi captain Samuel Sanchez gets a touch of gold on his Orbea Orca to celebrate his Olympic gold medal.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orcas get dedicated internal routing for the team's Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groups.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orcas get dedicated internal routing for the team's Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groups.
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The latest Orbea Orca again features a tapered front end.

The latest Orbea Orca again features a tapered front end.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi gets new Orbea Orcas for this year's Tour de France.

Euskaltel-Euskadi gets new Orbea Orcas for this year's Tour de France.
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As part of Orbea's new 'Attraction' tube shaping methodology, the chain stays get a distinct kink as they make their way to the dropouts.

As part of Orbea's new 'Attraction' tube shaping methodology, the chain stays get a distinct kink as they make their way to the dropouts.
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Tucked behind the Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbea Orca's Shimano Dura-Ace cranks are FSA ceramic bottom brackets.

Tucked behind the Euskaltel-Euskadi Orbea Orca's Shimano Dura-Ace cranks are FSA ceramic bottom brackets.
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The slightly kinked top tube carries on Look's recent design language.

The slightly kinked top tube carries on Look's recent design language.
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Shifting a crescent-shaped wedge either ahead or behind the bar allows for 10mm of reach adjustment.

Shifting a crescent-shaped wedge either ahead or behind the bar allows for 10mm of reach adjustment.
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The Look 695's C-Post is adjustable in both length and angle.

The Look 695's C-Post is adjustable in both length and angle.
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The new Look 695 uses the company's long-running E-Post integrated seatpost design.

The new Look 695 uses the company's long-running E-Post integrated seatpost design.
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Orbea's latest Orca gets newly teardrop-shaped tube profiles.

Orbea's latest Orca gets newly teardrop-shaped tube profiles.
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Orbea claims the kinked and twisted seat stays help attenuate road vibration.

Orbea claims the kinked and twisted seat stays help attenuate road vibration.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi has opted for the Monolink version of the proprietary Orbea carbon post to work with the team's new Selle Italia saddles.

Euskaltel-Euskadi has opted for the Monolink version of the proprietary Orbea carbon post to work with the team's new Selle Italia saddles.
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Topping the Ritchey heads are Selle SMP Evolution saddles.

Topping the Ritchey heads are Selle SMP Evolution saddles.
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The deep-section seat tubes feature integrated masts.

The deep-section seat tubes feature integrated masts.
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Footon-Servetto's Fuji SSTs are hard to miss with their gleaming gold paint jobs.

Footon-Servetto's Fuji SSTs are hard to miss with their gleaming gold paint jobs.
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Footon-Servetto bikes use a variety of Reynolds carbon wheels.

Footon-Servetto bikes use a variety of Reynolds carbon wheels.
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The chunky two-piece aluminum dropouts provide the anchor point for the SRAM Red rear derailleur.

The chunky two-piece aluminum dropouts provide the anchor point for the SRAM Red rear derailleur.
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Footon-Servetto team bikes are fitted with Rotor Agilis cranks and elliptical Q-Rings.

Footon-Servetto team bikes are fitted with Rotor Agilis cranks and elliptical Q-Rings.
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Footon-Servetto goes for gold with these Wippermann Connex chains.

Footon-Servetto goes for gold with these Wippermann Connex chains.
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A pair of Elite cages are bolted to Footon-Servetto's Fuji SSTs.

A pair of Elite cages are bolted to Footon-Servetto's Fuji SSTs.
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Magnesium TRP R970 dual-pivot brake calipers are fitted with carbon-specific pads.

Magnesium TRP R970 dual-pivot brake calipers are fitted with carbon-specific pads.
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The chunky Fuji SST bottom bracket is designed around BB86 press-fit cups.

The chunky Fuji SST bottom bracket is designed around BB86 press-fit cups.
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Footon-Servetto's Oval Concepts bars are covered in bright gold tape.

Footon-Servetto's Oval Concepts bars are covered in bright gold tape.
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Look's latest Zed 2 crankarms offer adjustable effective crankarm length like the original Zed but now accommodates any threaded pedal.

Look's latest Zed 2 crankarms offer adjustable effective crankarm length like the original Zed but now accommodates any threaded pedal.
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Cofidis's FSA wheels rotate on ceramic bearings.

Cofidis's FSA wheels rotate on ceramic bearings.
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Caisse d'Epargne is riding these Pinarello Dogma 60.1s in this year's Tour de France.

Caisse d'Epargne is riding these Pinarello Dogma 60.1s in this year's Tour de France.
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The Pinarello Onda FPX fork is unmistakably curvy.

The Pinarello Onda FPX fork is unmistakably curvy.
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"He who is, is. He who is not, seeks (or perseveres)."

"He who is, is. He who is not, seeks (or perseveres)."
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Bolted to the rear of the Caisse d'Epargne team bikes is a Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur.

Bolted to the rear of the Caisse d'Epargne team bikes is a Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur.
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A custom chain watcher is mounted in conjunction with the Campagnolo Super Record front derailleur.

A custom chain watcher is mounted in conjunction with the Campagnolo Super Record front derailleur.
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Caisse d'Epargne team bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Record cranks and Look pedals.

Caisse d'Epargne team bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Record cranks and Look pedals.
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Elite carbon cages hold on to the Caisse d'Epargne bottles.

Elite carbon cages hold on to the Caisse d'Epargne bottles.
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The externally routed derailleur cables run through a dedicated bottom bracket guide.

The externally routed derailleur cables run through a dedicated bottom bracket guide.
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Caisse d'Epargne team bikes get color-matched Campagnolo brakes.

Caisse d'Epargne team bikes get color-matched Campagnolo brakes.
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Caisse d'Epargne bikes are fitted with Pinarello's MOst Talon integrated carbon fiber bar and stem.

Caisse d'Epargne bikes are fitted with Pinarello's MOst Talon integrated carbon fiber bar and stem.
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Tidy housing guides beneath the MOst Talon integrated bars keep the lines in place without the need for bar tape.

Tidy housing guides beneath the MOst Talon integrated bars keep the lines in place without the need for bar tape.
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Shiny!

Shiny!
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Campagnolo's Super Record rear derailleur is fitted with ceramic pulley bearings.

Campagnolo's Super Record rear derailleur is fitted with ceramic pulley bearings.
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Caisse d'Epargne is using Selle Italia saddles.

Caisse d'Epargne is using Selle Italia saddles.
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The tapered steerer tube terminates in Look's new Head Fit 3 headset system.

The tapered steerer tube terminates in Look's new Head Fit 3 headset system.
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Cofidis riders are mostly on the new Look 695 at this year's Tour de France.

Cofidis riders are mostly on the new Look 695 at this year's Tour de France.
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Cofidis's new Look 695 bikes have a more thoroughly integrated front end than before.

Cofidis's new Look 695 bikes have a more thoroughly integrated front end than before.
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A Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 rear derailleur is bolted to the Look 695's replaceable hanger.

A Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 rear derailleur is bolted to the Look 695's replaceable hanger.
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One of the defining features of the Cofidis Look 695 is the ultralight Zed 2 crankset.

One of the defining features of the Cofidis Look 695 is the ultralight Zed 2 crankset.
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The 'BB65' badging on the Cofidis Look 695 is a bit of a misnomer as it refers to the bearing's outer diameter, not the spindle size. Still, the roughly 50mm carbon spindle is about 66 percent bigger than a BB30 one.

The 'BB65' badging on the Cofidis Look 695 is a bit of a misnomer as it refers to the bearing's outer diameter, not the spindle size. Still, the roughly 50mm carbon spindle is about 66 percent bigger than a BB30 one.
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The new Look 695 machines of the Cofidis team feature modular monocoque construction.

The new Look 695 machines of the Cofidis team feature modular monocoque construction.
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Cofidis riders have their choice of various FSA bar bends.

Cofidis riders have their choice of various FSA bar bends.
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Caisse d'Epargne rides on Campagnolo wheels wrapped with Continental tubulars.

Caisse d'Epargne rides on Campagnolo wheels wrapped with Continental tubulars.
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Pinarello says the wavy stays on the Caisse d'Epargne team Dogmas lend a more refined ride quality.

Pinarello says the wavy stays on the Caisse d'Epargne team Dogmas lend a more refined ride quality.
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Caisse d'Epargne team leader Luis-Leon Sanchez gets these Spanish-themed Pinarello Dogma.

Caisse d'Epargne team leader Luis-Leon Sanchez gets these Spanish-themed Pinarello Dogma.
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Fuji-Servetto's Reynolds rims are wrapped with Challenge tires.

Fuji-Servetto's Reynolds rims are wrapped with Challenge tires.
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Caisse d'Epargne's asymmetrical Pinarello Dogma

The Pinarello machines of Caisse d'Epargne are consistently among the easiest to spot in the Tour de France peloton what with their distinctive red, white and black paint jobs, color-matched componentry, and unmistakably curvaceous front and rear ends that are said to improve rider comfort and road feel. Yet while many frame manufacturers are content to include asymmetrical chain stays – and sometimes seat tubes – Caisse d'Epargne's latest Dogma frames are asymmetrical almost throughout the entire structure.

Pinarello claims this better accounts for the uneven forces applied while pedaling with features that include a bigger driveside seat stay, a driveside chain stay that's narrower up at the bottom bracket but wider at the dropout, a non-driveside chain stay that adopts an opposite profile, and even a bigger and stronger driveside fork leg.

Whether or not you buy into the theory, adding in the color-matched brakes from Campagnolo and the MOst integrated carbon bar and seatpost adds up to quite the eye-catching package.

Campagnolo supplies most of the rest of the componentry, too, including Super Record Ergopower levers and derailleurs, Record cranks, chain, and cassette, and even carbon tubulars in various rim depths depending on the conditions and course profile.

Finishing up the build kit are Continental tubulars, Selle Italia saddles, Look KéO pedals, and Elite carbon bottle cages.

New Look 695 road racers for Cofidis

Some Cofidis riders at the Tour de France are still using Look's current 595 but the rest – including team leader Rein Taaramae – are on the company's latest 695. Unlike the tube-and-lug 595, the 695 uses a more conventional modular monocoque setup like on the 586 but the real story is the higher level of integration.

A key feature of the 695 is the new Zed 2 crank, similar to the 596's original Zed crank with its enormous 50mm-diameter spindle (roughly 66 percent bigger than BB30) and one-piece carbon fiber construction that yields an ultralight 320g claimed weight for the arms and spindle. A unique three-sided pedal insert allows for adjustable effective crankarm lengths of 170, 172.5, and 175mm, but unlike the original Zed, Zed 2 will work with any threaded pedal spindle.

Securing the new 295g HSC 7 full-carbon tapered fork is Look's latest Head Fit 3 headset system, all topped with a clever new carbon fiber 'C-Stem'. Angle is adjustable between -9 and +13° and each of the five sizes is adjustable in length by 10mm (80-90, 90-100, 100-110, 110-120, 120-130mm).

Cofidis team bikes are outfitted with Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical groups aside from the FSA chainrings mounted on the Zed 2 crankarms. FSA also provides handlebars and a wide variety of wheels from alloy shallow-section to carbon deep-section tubulars, and naturally, the team is using Look KéO pedals as well.

Rounding things out are Vittoria tires, fi'zi:k saddles and bar tape, Zéfal bottle cages, and BBB computers.

Cushier Orbeas for Euskaltel-Euskadi and a special gold-accented rig for Samuel Sanchez

Euskaltel-Euskadi is using Orbea's latest Orca flagship, which the company says is lighter at just 900g but also adds more comfort relative to the previous edition to help team riders feel a little fresher towards the end of a stage. Rather than rely on tuned flex patterns, though, the 'Attraction' system's kinks and twists in both the seat stays and fork blades are said to attenuate road vibration.

Other key features on the new model include a tapered 1 1/8"-to-1 1/2" steerer, a BB30 bottom bracket (though Euskaltel-Euskadi runs both threaded frames and press-fit adapters to more readily accommodate its Shimano Dura-Ace cranks), and a continuation of Orbea's size-specific frame design, which aims to provide the same ride quality throughout the more generous ten-bike size range for 2011.

Orbea has also adapted the slick DCR cable routing setup from its off-road line on the updated Orca for reduced shift line friction though Euskaltel-Euskadi team bikes are all built around the optional Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-specific version with internal routing and a dedicated battery mount beneath the non-driveside chain stay.

Shimano also provides its range of carbon fiber tubular wheels and Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals, FSA supplies stems and bars (and ceramic bottom brackets on some team bikes), and all of the team's proprietary Orca carbon seatposts are fitted with the Selle Italia Monolink-compatible heads to fit the saddle makers newest range. Completing the package are Elite bottle cages and Vittoria tires.

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) also gets a special gold seatpost collar.

Footon-Servetto bikes awash in gold

Hidden beneath the gleaming metallic gold paint jobs of Footon-Servetto's team bikes are Fuji's latest 985g SST carbon frames, which the company says add stiffness relative to the former SL-1 flagship thanks to features such as the tapered head tube, internally ribbed down tube, BB86 press-fit bottom bracket shell and correspondingly wider seat and down tubes, and the deep-section integrated seatmast.

Bolted on to the frame is a conglomerate of parts from a broad collection of companies with the SRAM Red label only adorning the DoubleTap levers, front and rear derailleurs, and cassette, and the rest of the drivetrain filled in with Rotor's Agilis crank elliptical Q-Rings, a gold Wippermann Connex chain, and Time's new iClic Carbon pedals. Rolling stock comes courtesy of Reynolds carbon tubular wheels of various depths wrapped with Challenge tires.

Fuji's parent company recently purchased Oval Concepts so it's no shock to see its bars and stems mounted up here – in gleaming white – but Selle SMP's radical-looking Evolution saddles are more of a surprise. Completing the package are a set of TRP R970 magnesium dual-pivot brake calipers, Elite bottle cages, Rotor chain watchers, and Polar computers.

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