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Criterium du Dauphine: huge time trial tech gallery

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Vital Concept race on Orbea Ordu framesets

Vital Concept race on Orbea Ordu framesets
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The forearm supports on Yates' bike are from WattShop

The forearm supports on Yates' bike are from WattShop
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Groupama-FDJ use the aggressive looking Lapierre Aerostorm

Groupama-FDJ use the aggressive looking Lapierre Aerostorm
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The latest Merida Warp TT was first seen at the Dauphine last season

The latest Merida Warp TT was first seen at the Dauphine last season
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Team mechanics queue in the concert hall, which hosted the stage start, to ensure each rider's bike was UCI compliant ahead of the stage

Team mechanics queue in the concert hall, which hosted the stage start, to ensure each rider's bike was UCI compliant ahead of the stage
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Colnago K.One framesets are used by Dan Martin and his UAE Team Emirates teammates

Colnago K.One framesets are used by Dan Martin and his UAE Team Emirates teammates
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UAE Team Emirates used a simple whiteboard to denote when each rider needs to begin their warm-up, their start time and which DS is driving the follow car

UAE Team Emirates used a simple whiteboard to denote when each rider needs to begin their warm-up, their start time and which DS is driving the follow car
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A look at the Lotto Soudal Ridley Dean TT bikes

A look at the Lotto Soudal Ridley Dean TT bikes
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Lotto Soudal's Tomasz Marczynski looks to be racing on a similar WattShop seetup to Adam Yates

Lotto Soudal's Tomasz Marczynski looks to be racing on a similar WattShop seetup to Adam Yates
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A look at Bjorg Lambrecht's Ridley Dean

A look at Bjorg Lambrecht's Ridley Dean
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A full day of time trialling allows team mechanics to work on some of the team's road bikes too

A full day of time trialling allows team mechanics to work on some of the team's road bikes too
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Not all teams have the budget for two time trial bikes, including Guillaume Martin of Wanty Groupee Gobert

Not all teams have the budget for two time trial bikes, including Guillaume Martin of Wanty Groupee Gobert
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Adam Yates has been working in the wind tunnel on his time trialling and this cockpit setup could be contributing to the gains made

Adam Yates has been working in the wind tunnel on his time trialling and this cockpit setup could be contributing to the gains made
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Mitchelton-Scott riders each had two time trial bikes for the stage

Mitchelton-Scott riders each had two time trial bikes for the stage
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Most Team Ineos riders opt for additional grip on their saddles to improve positioning

Most Team Ineos riders opt for additional grip on their saddles to improve positioning
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Eddy Merckx don't currently make time trial framesets and this looks very similar to a Ridley Dean Fast, which is manufactured by the same group

Eddy Merckx don't currently make time trial framesets and this looks very similar to a Ridley Dean Fast, which is manufactured by the same group
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A few Astana riders raced on what appears to be a new version of the Argon 18 E-118 time trial bike

A few Astana riders raced on what appears to be a new version of the Argon 18 E-118 time trial bike
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Like many new time trial bikes, the new Argon 18 has disc brakes front and rear

Like many new time trial bikes, the new Argon 18 has disc brakes front and rear
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The seat tube appears to have a new profile compared to the current iteration of the bike

The seat tube appears to have a new profile compared to the current iteration of the bike
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Instead of a traditional steerer, the Argon 18 E-118 has an exteernally hinged system

Instead of a traditional steerer, the Argon 18 E-118 has an exteernally hinged system
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It looks like Dimension Data might be using some of BMC Racings left over bikes

It looks like Dimension Data might be using some of BMC Racings left over bikes
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A few of Jumbo-Visma's Bianchi Aquila feature this paint design instead of plain black or celeste paint

A few of Jumbo-Visma's Bianchi Aquila feature this paint design instead of plain black or celeste paint
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EF Education First raced on Cannondale SuperSlice

EF Education First raced on Cannondale SuperSlice
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Tom Dumoulin and his Team Sunweb teammates raced with the relatively new Cervelo P5 Disc

Tom Dumoulin and his Team Sunweb teammates raced with the relatively new Cervelo P5 Disc
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For the first time in several seasons, Team Ineos have updated the paint designs on their Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes

For the first time in several seasons, Team Ineos have updated the paint designs on their Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes
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Chris Froome and selected Team Ineos riders have 3D-printed titanium cockpits, first seen at the 2017 Tour de France

Chris Froome and selected Team Ineos riders have 3D-printed titanium cockpits, first seen at the 2017 Tour de France
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Richie Porte's spare bike was setup with a 1X SRAM RED eTap AXS drivetrain and Bontrager front wheel

Richie Porte's spare bike was setup with a 1X SRAM RED eTap AXS drivetrain and Bontrager front wheel
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A 10-tooth sprocket on the casette and a 52-tooth chainring will offer a high enough geear ratio in a 1X drivetrain setup

A 10-tooth sprocket on the casette and a 52-tooth chainring will offer a high enough geear ratio in a 1X drivetrain setup
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Emanuel Buchmann appeared to be the only Bora-hansgrohe rider racing the, as yet, unreleased Specialized time trial bike

Emanuel Buchmann appeared to be the only Bora-hansgrohe rider racing the, as yet, unreleased Specialized time trial bike
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The new head tube on the Shiv is visibly narrower than the outgoing model's, seen here on the left

The new head tube on the Shiv is visibly narrower than the outgoing model's, seen here on the left
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Team Ineos' warm-up setup comes courteesy of Wahoo

Team Ineos' warm-up setup comes courteesy of Wahoo
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A look at the UCI measuring jig to ensure bikes are compliant

A look at the UCI measuring jig to ensure bikes are compliant
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When the team car returned after Froome's crash, his bike was put straight on the mechanics truck but had damage to the handlebars and a dropped chain

When the team car returned after Froome's crash, his bike was put straight on the mechanics truck but had damage to the handlebars and a dropped chain
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Each follow car has their respective rider's name board attached at the stage start

Each follow car has their respective rider's name board attached at the stage start
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Romain Bardeet's follow car

Romain Bardeet's follow car
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Philippe Gilbert raced on the new Specialized Shiv for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Philippe Gilbert raced on the new Specialized Shiv for Deceuninck-QuickStep
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Servais Knaven sets Wout Poels' radio to the correct channel ahead of the Dutchman's effort

Servais Knaven sets Wout Poels' radio to the correct channel ahead of the Dutchman's effort
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A look at Wout Poels' spare Pinarello Bolide TT bike

A look at Wout Poels' spare Pinarello Bolide TT bike
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Michael Woods ran a 58-tooth outer chainring for the stage

Michael Woods ran a 58-tooth outer chainring for the stage
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A look at the extreme seat stay design on the new Specialized Shiv

A look at the extreme seat stay design on the new Specialized Shiv
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EF Education First riders set off on their recon, with James Whelan ready to race in his speed suit

EF Education First riders set off on their recon, with James Whelan ready to race in his speed suit
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Unlike his teammates, it appeared Porte raced with a 2X setup of SRAM's older 11-speeed eTap groupset. It was also Porte's first stage on a Trek Speed bike

Unlike his teammates, it appeared Porte raced with a 2X setup of SRAM's older 11-speeed eTap groupset. It was also Porte's first stage on a Trek Speed bike
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The CCC Team Giant Trinity bikes are paired with components nearly entirely from Giant

The CCC Team Giant Trinity bikes are paired with components nearly entirely from Giant
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CCC Team's Laurens ten Dam appeared to be racing on tyres from Giant

CCC Team's Laurens ten Dam appeared to be racing on tyres from Giant
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Like most of Trek-Segafredo, most of the Katusha-Alpecin team raced on 1X drivetrain setups using SRAM's new groupset

Like most of Trek-Segafredo, most of the Katusha-Alpecin team raced on 1X drivetrain setups using SRAM's new groupset
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Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt checks his tyrees ahead of recon

Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt checks his tyrees ahead of recon
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Katusha-Alpecin looked to be using clincher tyres with latex inner tubes on the front wheels of their bikes

Katusha-Alpecin looked to be using clincher tyres with latex inner tubes on the front wheels of their bikes
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Politt's rear tyre was a Continental Grand Prix Pro TT Ltd

Politt's rear tyre was a Continental Grand Prix Pro TT Ltd
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Katusha-Alpecin mechanics set up chainrings and cranksets ahead of the start

Katusha-Alpecin mechanics set up chainrings and cranksets ahead of the start
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Dutch natiional timee trial champion Dylan van Baarle has a custom-painted Pinarello Bolide in the iconic orange of his home nation

Dutch natiional timee trial champion Dylan van Baarle has a custom-painted Pinarello Bolide in the iconic orange of his home nation
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A look at the front end of Richie Porte's Trek Speed

A look at the front end of Richie Porte's Trek Speed
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Niklas Eg and the majority of his Trek-Segafredo teammates raced with 1X drivetrain setups from SRAM

Niklas Eg and the majority of his Trek-Segafredo teammates raced with 1X drivetrain setups from SRAM
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Porte looked to be riding a front PRO Textreme three spoke wheel and a re-stickered Lightweight rear disc wheel, although opted for a Bontrager front wheel for the stage

Porte looked to be riding a front PRO Textreme three spoke wheel and a re-stickered Lightweight rear disc wheel, although opted for a Bontrager front wheel for the stage
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Interestingly, Woods also appeared to be running tubeless tyres

Interestingly, Woods also appeared to be running tubeless tyres
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The individual time trial on Stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine shared similarities in length and profile to the Tour de France individual time trial, giving riders a chance to test their aerodynamic setups, gearing options and even new bikes.

An updated Specialized Shiv was first seen at the Giro d'Italia last month and was again used at the Dauphine by Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Astana riders also used a new time trial frameset, with a disc brake equipped Argon 18 E-118 in an eye-catching grey to blue fade.

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates has continued to improve in a discipline where he has received, perhaps unfairly, criticism for in the past. The new race leader admitted to have been working in the wind tunnel to improve his time trialling, making a few minor changes that perhaps contributed to a 20-second saving in Wednesday's race. Yates' Scott Plasma ran a cockpit from WattShop in a narrow setup.

Despite a climb that included an altitude gain of around 200 metres, most riders opted for a 56 or 58-tooth chainring.

However Katusha-Alpecin and Trek-Segafredo riders mostly ran a 52-tooth chainring in a 1X format using SRAM's new RED eTap AXS drivetrain, which offers a 10-tooth sprocket on the cassette. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), who was racing his first time trial for his new team, opted for a traditional 2X setup and used older, 11-speed SRAM RED components.

Alongside the traditional tubular tyres used in the stage, Michael Woods (EF Education First) was seen with tubeless tyres equipped on his spare bike, while Katusha-Alpecin mechanics were seen setting up front wheels with clincher tyres and pink latex inner tubes.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at the tech on display at Stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine.

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