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Criterium du Dauphine massive tech gallery

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Is this the new S-Works Venge from Specialized?

Is this the new S-Works Venge from Specialized?
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As well as the derailleur upgrades, CeramicSpeed offer bearings upgrades for headsets, bottom brackets and wheels

As well as the derailleur upgrades, CeramicSpeed offer bearings upgrades for headsets, bottom brackets and wheels
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Dan Martin is one of just a few riders who wear sunglasses from Roka

Dan Martin is one of just a few riders who wear sunglasses from Roka
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AG2R La Mondiale recently launched the Bollé Shifter sunglasses

AG2R La Mondiale recently launched the Bollé Shifter sunglasses
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Romain Bardet wears the €1,000 Mavic Comete carbon shoes

Romain Bardet wears the €1,000 Mavic Comete carbon shoes
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Cummings was the only Dimension Data rider equipped with the ENVE Aero SES stem, first spotted at the Tour Down Under earlier this year

Cummings was the only Dimension Data rider equipped with the ENVE Aero SES stem, first spotted at the Tour Down Under earlier this year
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Australian road champion Alex Edmonson has a custom painted Scott Foil Disc

Australian road champion Alex Edmonson has a custom painted Scott Foil Disc
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Launched in the spring, Oakley's new Flight Jacket glasses are already one of the most popular sunglasses in the peloton

Launched in the spring, Oakley's new Flight Jacket glasses are already one of the most popular sunglasses in the peloton
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Along with Dan Martin, Bryan Coquard is another rider to wear Roka sunglasses

Along with Dan Martin, Bryan Coquard is another rider to wear Roka sunglasses
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British road and time trial champion wears his custom Gaerne shoes

British road and time trial champion wears his custom Gaerne shoes
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The iconic celeste Bianchi were on show for LottoNL-Jumbo

The iconic celeste Bianchi were on show for LottoNL-Jumbo
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Team leader Ilnur Zakarin was the only Katusha-Alpecin rider on a disc-equipped Canyon Ultimate CF SLX for the race

Team leader Ilnur Zakarin was the only Katusha-Alpecin rider on a disc-equipped Canyon Ultimate CF SLX for the race
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Vital Concept use Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals

Vital Concept use Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals
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Vision have a special edition celeste version of their Metron integrated handlebars for LottoNL-Jumbo

Vision have a special edition celeste version of their Metron integrated handlebars for LottoNL-Jumbo
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French sprinter Bryan Coquard is known for his custom shoes

French sprinter Bryan Coquard is known for his custom shoes
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Jonathan Castroviejo shows off his custom Lake shoes in Team Sky colours

Jonathan Castroviejo shows off his custom Lake shoes in Team Sky colours
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For a few more weeks, Steve Cummings gets to race on a custom finished Cervelo S5 as British champion

For a few more weeks, Steve Cummings gets to race on a custom finished Cervelo S5 as British champion
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Bob Jungels pairs his computer and power meter ahead of stage one in the national chmapion colours of Luxembourg

Bob Jungels pairs his computer and power meter ahead of stage one in the national chmapion colours of Luxembourg
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Quick-Step Floors have been using headphone pieces from Bang and Olufsen this season

Quick-Step Floors have been using headphone pieces from Bang and Olufsen this season
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Vincenzo Nibali is racing on his favoured Merida Scultura while the majority of his Bahrain-Merida teammates used the Reacto for the early stages of the race

Vincenzo Nibali is racing on his favoured Merida Scultura while the majority of his Bahrain-Merida teammates used the Reacto for the early stages of the race
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Daryl Impey's custom Scott Foil Disc celebrates the South African's road race national title

Daryl Impey's custom Scott Foil Disc celebrates the South African's road race national title
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Astana are another team to use CeramicSpeed's OSPW system

Astana are another team to use CeramicSpeed's OSPW system
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Valgren runs a short, Prologo Dimension saddle

Valgren runs a short, Prologo Dimension saddle
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Several WorldTour teams use aluminium, out-front computer mounts from K-Edge

Several WorldTour teams use aluminium, out-front computer mounts from K-Edge
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Tao Geoghegan Hart's Pinarello Dogma F10

Tao Geoghegan Hart's Pinarello Dogma F10
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Michael Valgren's Argon 18 Gallium Pro

Michael Valgren's Argon 18 Gallium Pro
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For 2018, Team Sky switched their cockpit providers from PRO to Most components

For 2018, Team Sky switched their cockpit providers from PRO to Most components
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Several riders warm up ahead of the stage on turbo trainers, including Michal Kwiatkowski

Several riders warm up ahead of the stage on turbo trainers, including Michal Kwiatkowski
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Though also having the option of Shimano power meters, Team Sky generally race on Stages power meters

Though also having the option of Shimano power meters, Team Sky generally race on Stages power meters
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We haven't seen Shimano's S-Phyre shoes with a white heel cup before

We haven't seen Shimano's S-Phyre shoes with a white heel cup before
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Lars Boom and his LottoNL-Jumbo teammates wear clothing and eyewear from Shimano's S-Phyre range

Lars Boom and his LottoNL-Jumbo teammates wear clothing and eyewear from Shimano's S-Phyre range
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Vital Concept have one of the better looking team design and colours on the pro circuit, but we're not sure what this team motto means…

Vital Concept have one of the better looking team design and colours on the pro circuit, but we're not sure what this team motto means…
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A Dimension Data mechanic cuts pre-prepared course notes ready to be stuck to riders' stems for the stage

A Dimension Data mechanic cuts pre-prepared course notes ready to be stuck to riders' stems for the stage
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Several Mitchelton-Scott riders used Syncros XR1.0 SL saddles

Several Mitchelton-Scott riders used Syncros XR1.0 SL saddles
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Another look at Alex Edmondson's Scott Foil Disc

Another look at Alex Edmondson's Scott Foil Disc
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Dave Zabriskie's skin care products, DZ-Nuts, is a sponsor for EF Education First-Drapac

Dave Zabriskie's skin care products, DZ-Nuts, is a sponsor for EF Education First-Drapac
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What integrated cockpits gain in aerodynamics, they lose in being able to use standard out-front computer mounts

What integrated cockpits gain in aerodynamics, they lose in being able to use standard out-front computer mounts
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Custom decals on the top tube for the Australian national champion

Custom decals on the top tube for the Australian national champion
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How to pin a race number on like a pro

How to pin a race number on like a pro
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Daryl Impey has custom shoes from Scott to match his bike

Daryl Impey has custom shoes from Scott to match his bike
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Geoghegan Hart opts for a Garmin Edge 1030 computer

Geoghegan Hart opts for a Garmin Edge 1030 computer
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Daryl Impey and Alex Edmonson were recently presented with their custom Scott Foil Discs

Daryl Impey and Alex Edmonson were recently presented with their custom Scott Foil Discs
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UAE Team Emirates have an air compressor and digital gauge on the team bus for easy tyre pressure setting

UAE Team Emirates have an air compressor and digital gauge on the team bus for easy tyre pressure setting
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Several teams and riders were having to make multiple adjustments to their time trial setups ahead of the stage 3 team time trial

Several teams and riders were having to make multiple adjustments to their time trial setups ahead of the stage 3 team time trial
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More CeramicSpeed components, this time on Romain Bardet's Factor Slick time trial bike

More CeramicSpeed components, this time on Romain Bardet's Factor Slick time trial bike
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A look at the large cut-out on the Selle Italia SLR Teknoflow saddle

A look at the large cut-out on the Selle Italia SLR Teknoflow saddle
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Only a couple of riders on the Katusha-Alpecin team used the biomimicry-inspired Zipp 454 NSW wheels

Only a couple of riders on the Katusha-Alpecin team used the biomimicry-inspired Zipp 454 NSW wheels
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Hydraulic disc brakes result in visibly larger hoods on the usually svelte eTap levers

Hydraulic disc brakes result in visibly larger hoods on the usually svelte eTap levers
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BMC Racing wore lightweight, orange rain jackets ahead of stage 1 from kit providers Assos

BMC Racing wore lightweight, orange rain jackets ahead of stage 1 from kit providers Assos
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Danilo Wyss was the sole BMC Racing rider using a disc brake-equipped BMC Teammachine SLR01 for the race

Danilo Wyss was the sole BMC Racing rider using a disc brake-equipped BMC Teammachine SLR01 for the race
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The aero Factor ONE has a hinged steerer at the front end of the bike

The aero Factor ONE has a hinged steerer at the front end of the bike
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A look at Belgian champion Oliver Naesen's custom Fizik Antares saddle

A look at Belgian champion Oliver Naesen's custom Fizik Antares saddle
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AG2R La Mondiale's rear derailleurs are equipped with CeramicSpeed's OSPW system with custom coloured jockey wheels for the French team

AG2R La Mondiale's rear derailleurs are equipped with CeramicSpeed's OSPW system with custom coloured jockey wheels for the French team
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Oliver Naesen's custom Factor O2 and Romain Bardet's Factor ONE

Oliver Naesen's custom Factor O2 and Romain Bardet's Factor ONE
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Alexis Gougeard opts for Osymetric chainrings on his Factor O2

Alexis Gougeard opts for Osymetric chainrings on his Factor O2
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The Factor ONE also has a split down tube design to improve aerodynamics

The Factor ONE also has a split down tube design to improve aerodynamics
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers are the most widely used in the WorldTour peloton

Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers are the most widely used in the WorldTour peloton
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The Trek Madone Disc was spotted for the first time in the wild

The Trek Madone Disc was spotted for the first time in the wild
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The Criterium du Dauphine continues to be a final opportunity for GC specialists to hone their form before heading to the Tour de France a few weeks later, with most editions sharing or even replicating some of the Grand Tour's Alpine stages.

As well as testing the legs, riders and teams also have a final race opportunity to test the latest and frequently unreleased components and bikes before taking them to the biggest stage in cycling.

The 2017 edition of the race saw the Specialized Tarmac SL6 and updated Trek Emonda SL for the first time and at this year's race, the same two manufacturers had a new S-Works Venge and Trek Madone Disc being raced on for the first time.

Alongside the showcase new bikes, Scott also unveiled custom finished Foil Disc framesets for Daryl Impey and Alex Edmondson, who are the national road race champions for South Africa and Australia respectively.

The two southern hemisphere countries compete their national championships at the start of the calendar year during their summer, so the Mitchelton-Scott duo will be enjoying their custom framesets for another seven months.

European and North American nations on the other hand generally compete their national championships during the final weekend in June and so the Dauphine also offers the last chance for riders to wear their national jerseys alongside custom shoes, helmets and accessories before the titles are up for grabs in a few weeks' time.

The Criterium du Dauphine 2018 began with a short time trial prologue in Valence and also featured a team time trial on stage 3 of the race. The Tour de France next month also has a team time trial and some of the main contenders, including Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), used it as an opportunity to dial his position aboard the time trial-specific Factor Slick race bike. You can see all of the time trial tech on display here.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a look at all that was on display at the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine.