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Criterium du Dauphine: time trial tech gallery

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Unlike many time trial framesets that use integrated steerers and stem systems, the Orbea runs a traditional stem

Unlike many time trial framesets that use integrated steerers and stem systems, the Orbea runs a traditional stem
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Heinrich Haussler opted for no socks for the prologue

Heinrich Haussler opted for no socks for the prologue
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The Mitchelton-Scott team issue Scott Plasma

The Mitchelton-Scott team issue Scott Plasma
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A look at Astana's time trial setup

A look at Astana's time trial setup
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Each of the Quick-Step Floors riders have custom over shoes

Each of the Quick-Step Floors riders have custom over shoes
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Ilnur Zakarin and his Katusha-Alpecin teammates wore Oakley helmets for the prologue

Ilnur Zakarin and his Katusha-Alpecin teammates wore Oakley helmets for the prologue
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The riders enjoyed a brief spell in the shade before being called up for their start slot

The riders enjoyed a brief spell in the shade before being called up for their start slot
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National time trial champion of Great Britain, Steve Cummings rolls up the start ramp for his prologue effort

National time trial champion of Great Britain, Steve Cummings rolls up the start ramp for his prologue effort
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UCI representatives measure each bike with a jig to ensure they meet the regulations before each rider is allowed to set off

UCI representatives measure each bike with a jig to ensure they meet the regulations before each rider is allowed to set off
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European champion Victor Campenaerts ran his usual time trial helmet set up with no visor

European champion Victor Campenaerts ran his usual time trial helmet set up with no visor
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A few riders from Movistar and Katusha-Alpecin raced with the new WTO wheel range from Campagnolo

A few riders from Movistar and Katusha-Alpecin raced with the new WTO wheel range from Campagnolo
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Sportful are one of several speedsuit manufacturers to locate the zipper to the rear of the suit for improved aerodynamics

Sportful are one of several speedsuit manufacturers to locate the zipper to the rear of the suit for improved aerodynamics
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Another titanium cockpit from Pinarello for Team Sky

Another titanium cockpit from Pinarello for Team Sky
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While several teams used turbo trainers to warm up, Quick-Step Floors opted for rollers

While several teams used turbo trainers to warm up, Quick-Step Floors opted for rollers
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Many brands now produce pockets specifically for race numbers to save using safety pins to affix the numbers

Many brands now produce pockets specifically for race numbers to save using safety pins to affix the numbers
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Campenaert's custom Ridley has different shades of blue and white pinstripe detailing on the black frameset

Campenaert's custom Ridley has different shades of blue and white pinstripe detailing on the black frameset
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Pierre Latour's custom painted Factor Slick for the Franch national champion

Pierre Latour's custom painted Factor Slick for the Franch national champion
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The custom painted Ridley Dean of the European time trial champion, Victor Campanaerts

The custom painted Ridley Dean of the European time trial champion, Victor Campanaerts
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Victor Campenaerts used 'speed gel' on his legs for a little bit of extra aero

Victor Campenaerts used 'speed gel' on his legs for a little bit of extra aero
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Boasson Hagen's speedsuit had an interesting cut with the ribbed aero sleeves wrapping around the top of the shoulders and a much high than usual collar at the front

Boasson Hagen's speedsuit had an interesting cut with the ribbed aero sleeves wrapping around the top of the shoulders and a much high than usual collar at the front
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A few of the Quick-Step Floors S-Works Shiv time trial bikes

A few of the Quick-Step Floors S-Works Shiv time trial bikes
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Quick-Step Floors were racing with the new Roval 321 Disc rear wheel

Quick-Step Floors were racing with the new Roval 321 Disc rear wheel
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Here you can see the split down tube design of the Factor Slick

Here you can see the split down tube design of the Factor Slick
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Alex Edmonson of Mitchelton-Scott was one of the first riders off

Alex Edmonson of Mitchelton-Scott was one of the first riders off
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A closer look at the Vision base bars used by the Bahrain-Merida team

A closer look at the Vision base bars used by the Bahrain-Merida team
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Each Bahrain-Merida rider has a custom mat to warm up on ahead of the prologue

Each Bahrain-Merida rider has a custom mat to warm up on ahead of the prologue
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Cockpits were still being setup minutes before the start

Cockpits were still being setup minutes before the start
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The spare Cannondale SuperSlice bikes for EF-Drapac were the disc brake version of the bike

The spare Cannondale SuperSlice bikes for EF-Drapac were the disc brake version of the bike
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Michal Kwiatkowski ran identical customised Fizik Tritone saddles on both his first and second race bikes

Michal Kwiatkowski ran identical customised Fizik Tritone saddles on both his first and second race bikes
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Plenty of riders opt for triathlon-specific saddles for time trialling with this Fizik a popular choice

Plenty of riders opt for triathlon-specific saddles for time trialling with this Fizik a popular choice
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert use Cube C68s as their time trial bikes

Wanty-Groupe Gobert use Cube C68s as their time trial bikes
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A Team Sunweb Giant Trinity as used by Tom Dumoulin to world championships victory in Bergen last year

A Team Sunweb Giant Trinity as used by Tom Dumoulin to world championships victory in Bergen last year
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Dimension Data are another team to use CeramicSpeed's OSPW system

Dimension Data are another team to use CeramicSpeed's OSPW system
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A look at the ENVE cockpit setup on one of the Dimension Date Cervelo P5

A look at the ENVE cockpit setup on one of the Dimension Date Cervelo P5
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Several Movistar riders opted for unbranded Hed three spoke front wheels as opposed to the regular offering from Campagnolo

Several Movistar riders opted for unbranded Hed three spoke front wheels as opposed to the regular offering from Campagnolo
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EF-Drapac were running Garmin Vector power meter pedals

EF-Drapac were running Garmin Vector power meter pedals
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The SuperSlice uses cable actuated disc brakes

The SuperSlice uses cable actuated disc brakes
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Team Cofidis' Campagnolo Super Record EPS rear derailleurs have been customised with CeramicSpeed's OSPW system

Team Cofidis' Campagnolo Super Record EPS rear derailleurs have been customised with CeramicSpeed's OSPW system
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Team cars follow each rider for time trials with a specific name board for each rider attached to the car before setting off

Team cars follow each rider for time trials with a specific name board for each rider attached to the car before setting off
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Russian national champion Ilnur Zakarin warms up ahead of the prologue

Russian national champion Ilnur Zakarin warms up ahead of the prologue
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Norwegian national time trial champion Edvald Boasson Hagen raced the prologue on a Cervelo P3

Norwegian national time trial champion Edvald Boasson Hagen raced the prologue on a Cervelo P3
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Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo takes a look at his custom Pinarello Bolide at the start

Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo takes a look at his custom Pinarello Bolide at the start
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An AG2R La Mondiale mechanic frantically adjusted Alexis Gougeard's front brake just seconds before the young French rider set off

An AG2R La Mondiale mechanic frantically adjusted Alexis Gougeard's front brake just seconds before the young French rider set off
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Fortuneo-Samsic's eye-catching Look time trial machine

Fortuneo-Samsic's eye-catching Look time trial machine
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Despite leaving Team Sunweb at the end of last season, Warren Barguil clearly still has a penchant for his old team-issue overshoes

Despite leaving Team Sunweb at the end of last season, Warren Barguil clearly still has a penchant for his old team-issue overshoes
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Daryl Impey in the colours of the South African national time trial champion

Daryl Impey in the colours of the South African national time trial champion
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Several riders for Vital Concept opted for elliptical chainrings, with the brandine blacked out

Several riders for Vital Concept opted for elliptical chainrings, with the brandine blacked out
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Dan Martin wears a MET Drone time trial helmet for the prologue

Dan Martin wears a MET Drone time trial helmet for the prologue
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Like most riders on the day, Dan Martin opted for a 54T outer chainring

Like most riders on the day, Dan Martin opted for a 54T outer chainring
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A look at Fabio Felline's (Trek-Segafredo) cockpit setup

A look at Fabio Felline's (Trek-Segafredo) cockpit setup
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Trek-Segafredo have been running Shimano power meters this year but for the prologue opted for their old SRM power meters

Trek-Segafredo have been running Shimano power meters this year but for the prologue opted for their old SRM power meters
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Kwiatkowski's cockpit had a custom cut-out for a small computer

Kwiatkowski's cockpit had a custom cut-out for a small computer
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Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Bolide in Polish national colours for the national time trial champion, which won the prologue

Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Bolide in Polish national colours for the national time trial champion, which won the prologue
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Pierre Latour wears the Franch national champion colours

Pierre Latour wears the Franch national champion colours
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It appeared Geraint Thomas was using a titanium cockpit first seen at the Tour de France last year

It appeared Geraint Thomas was using a titanium cockpit first seen at the Tour de France last year
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Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Bolide for the Criterium du Dauphine prologue

Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Bolide for the Criterium du Dauphine prologue
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Geraint Thomas heads to the start area in his Castelli speedsuit

Geraint Thomas heads to the start area in his Castelli speedsuit
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Joey Rosskopf in the stars and stripes of the USA national champion

Joey Rosskopf in the stars and stripes of the USA national champion
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Swedish national time trial champion Tobias Ludvigsson's Lapierre Aerostorm in custom colours

Swedish national time trial champion Tobias Ludvigsson's Lapierre Aerostorm in custom colours
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EF Education First-Drapac's Cannondale SuperSlice were raced as rim brake only amongst the team riders, with the disc brake versions of the bike all on the team car roof

EF Education First-Drapac's Cannondale SuperSlice were raced as rim brake only amongst the team riders, with the disc brake versions of the bike all on the team car roof
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One of the Quick-Step Floors riders had a orange cap on their Specialized power meter, only previously seen in black

One of the Quick-Step Floors riders had a orange cap on their Specialized power meter, only previously seen in black
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Mechanics rubbed down the tyres ahead of the start to ensure any grit was removed from the tyres before setting off

Mechanics rubbed down the tyres ahead of the start to ensure any grit was removed from the tyres before setting off
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Team Sunweb raced the prologue on Giant branded 4-spoked carbon front wheels

Team Sunweb raced the prologue on Giant branded 4-spoked carbon front wheels
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A few Team Sky riders, including Luke Rowe, have opted for short sleeve versions of their Castelli speedsuits, which caused controversy at the Tour de France last year

A few Team Sky riders, including Luke Rowe, have opted for short sleeve versions of their Castelli speedsuits, which caused controversy at the Tour de France last year
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Paddy Bevin's BMC Timemachine

Paddy Bevin's BMC Timemachine
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While some riders prefer practically straight handlebar extensions, others can opt for nearly 90-degree angles on their setups

While some riders prefer practically straight handlebar extensions, others can opt for nearly 90-degree angles on their setups
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Cofidis use the lesser seen Suomy helmets

Cofidis use the lesser seen Suomy helmets
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Waterproof overshoes from VeloToze double up as aero over socks for time trials

Waterproof overshoes from VeloToze double up as aero over socks for time trials
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A small amount of grip tape was used on Jungels' handlebar extensions

A small amount of grip tape was used on Jungels' handlebar extensions
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Bob Jungels used what appeared to be a custom produced saddle on his time trial bike

Bob Jungels used what appeared to be a custom produced saddle on his time trial bike
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Bob Jungels was one of several riders to wear an ice vest ahead of their start in an attempt to keep their core temperature down

Bob Jungels was one of several riders to wear an ice vest ahead of their start in an attempt to keep their core temperature down
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Movistar use team-issue Endura Drag2Zero overshoes

Movistar use team-issue Endura Drag2Zero overshoes
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The majority of the Mitchelton-Scott team use unbranded Lightweight Autobahn rear time trial wheels

The majority of the Mitchelton-Scott team use unbranded Lightweight Autobahn rear time trial wheels
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The Orbea Ordu are equipped with Tri Rig Omega X brakes front and rear

The Orbea Ordu are equipped with Tri Rig Omega X brakes front and rear
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Romain Bardet kept warm on a turbo trainer until switching to his time trial bike and the start ramp just seconds before he was due to set off

Romain Bardet kept warm on a turbo trainer until switching to his time trial bike and the start ramp just seconds before he was due to set off
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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp time trial bike for the Criterium du Dauphine prologue

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp time trial bike for the Criterium du Dauphine prologue
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UAE Team Emirates use the Colnago K.One as their time trial bike

UAE Team Emirates use the Colnago K.One as their time trial bike
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Most of Team Sky have raced with Stages power meters so far this season but several of the riders used Shimano power meters for the Dauphine prologue

Most of Team Sky have raced with Stages power meters so far this season but several of the riders used Shimano power meters for the Dauphine prologue
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Pro Continental team Vital Concept use Orbea Ordu framesets for time trialling

Pro Continental team Vital Concept use Orbea Ordu framesets for time trialling
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A short 6.6-kilometre prologue in Valence got the Critérium du Dauphinè underway on Sunday, with riders testing their time trial equipment in view of the rapidly approaching Tour de France.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) took the stage victory and race lead, riding in the colours of the Polish national time trial champion. Kwiatkowski's Team Sky teammates Gianni Moscon and Jonathan Castroviejo also finished in the top-ten while wearing the national colours of Italy and Spain respectively.

The national road championships are traditionally held on the last weekend in June, giving riders a final opportunity to show off their colours at this month's Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse. In total, there are 12 national champions, plus the European champion in Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) at the 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, just under 10 per cent of the race starters.

Alongside the national champions' customised speedsuits, bikes, helmets and accessories, the prologue also gave an opportunity for riders to test the latest wheels and tweak their setups ahead of the team time trial on Wednesday, itself a crucial test ahead of next month's Tour de France team time trial.

Campagnolo-sponsored Movistar and Lotto Soudal had a number of riders using the new Campagnolo WTO wheel range, or Wind Tunnel Optimised, while Team Sunweb appeared to be racing with a new 4-spoke carbon front wheel from Giant.

Quick-Step Floors were another team on new, time trial-specific carbon wheels with the Roval 321 Disc carbon rears. The time trial wheels from Specialized's wheel brand were launched last month and are available in both rim or disc brake options.

Alongside a new rear wheel, Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels also appeared to be racing on a custom carbon saddle, likely due to help keep position where other production saddles cannot.

Several riders opted to roll to the start line in ice vests in an attempt to keep core body temperatures low in the humid conditions in Valence, while an array of fans and cooling systems were in place around the team buses while riders warmed up ahead of their start times.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see all that was on display at the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial opener.

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