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Gallery: 2012 Tour de France team bike retrospective - Part 1

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FDJ-BigMat is on Lapierre's latest Xelius model during the Tour de France.

FDJ-BigMat is on Lapierre's latest Xelius model during the Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp riders such as David Millar who more regularly find themselves up front in the wind have opted for the more aerodynamic Cervélo S5.

Garmin-Sharp riders such as David Millar who more regularly find themselves up front in the wind have opted for the more aerodynamic Cervélo S5. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate carbon tubulars on this day for Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate carbon tubulars on this day for Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp is using several different Cervélo models during road stages, including the R5ca and R5 VWD shown here, plus the more aerodynamic S5.

Garmin-Sharp is using several different Cervélo models during road stages, including the R5ca and R5 VWD shown here, plus the more aerodynamic S5. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubulars across the board for FDJ-BigMat.

Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubulars across the board for FDJ-BigMat. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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FDJ-BigMat team bikes are outfitted with a variety of PRO cockpits.

FDJ-BigMat team bikes are outfitted with a variety of PRO cockpits. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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fi'zi:k saddles in team colors for FDJ-BigMat.

fi'zi:k saddles in team colors for FDJ-BigMat. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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SRM power meters for the FDJ-BigMat riders.

SRM power meters for the FDJ-BigMat riders. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Several riders and teams at this year's Tour de France - including FDJ-BigMat - are using these right-angle brackets for their Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 batteries.

Several riders and teams at this year's Tour de France - including FDJ-BigMat - are using these right-angle brackets for their Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 batteries. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups across the board for the FDJ-BigMat team.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups across the board for the FDJ-BigMat team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has been using deep-section Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two carbon tubulars on flatter stages but swaps to lighter hoops for the mountains.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has been using deep-section Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two carbon tubulars on flatter stages but swaps to lighter hoops for the mountains. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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As is the case with many riders in the Tour de France, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) could easily drop some weight with a different saddle but instead opts for a more comfortable model.

As is the case with many riders in the Tour de France, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) could easily drop some weight with a different saddle but instead opts for a more comfortable model. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Look KéO Blade pedals are screwed into 172.5mm-long Campagnolo Super Record crankarms on Thomas Voeckler's (Europcar) Colnago C59 Italia.

Look KéO Blade pedals are screwed into 172.5mm-long Campagnolo Super Record crankarms on Thomas Voeckler's (Europcar) Colnago C59 Italia. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lugged carbon fiber construction (and Jagwire housing and caps) for Europcar's Thomas Voeckler.

Lugged carbon fiber construction (and Jagwire housing and caps) for Europcar's Thomas Voeckler. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has been using machined aluminum chain catchers from French company Aivee for some time now. Note the small set screw below the mounting bolt, which helps lock the system in place.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has been using machined aluminum chain catchers from French company Aivee for some time now. Note the small set screw below the mounting bolt, which helps lock the system in place. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Thomas Voeckler's (Europcar) Colnago C59 Italia is tucked in among the crowd at the Tour de France.

Thomas Voeckler's (Europcar) Colnago C59 Italia is tucked in among the crowd at the Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Deda Presa bars and a Zero100 stem for Europcar captain Thomas Voeckler.

Deda Presa bars and a Zero100 stem for Europcar captain Thomas Voeckler. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) uses a complete Campagnolo Super Record group with the exception of a standard Record cassette.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) uses a complete Campagnolo Super Record group with the exception of a standard Record cassette. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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One recent addition to some Garmin-Sharp team bikes is the new 3T Integra stem, which features an optional shroud specifically built to hold Garmin's latest Edge computers.

One recent addition to some Garmin-Sharp team bikes is the new 3T Integra stem, which features an optional shroud specifically built to hold Garmin's latest Edge computers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp is using a wide range of Mavic wheels during the Tour de France, including deep- and shallow-section carbon tubulars and even alloy-rimmed models for wet conditions.

Garmin-Sharp is using a wide range of Mavic wheels during the Tour de France, including deep- and shallow-section carbon tubulars and even alloy-rimmed models for wet conditions. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Scott builds a dedicated battery mount on the top of the down tube but the Orica-Greenedge bikes don't bother with them.

Scott builds a dedicated battery mount on the top of the down tube but the Orica-Greenedge bikes don't bother with them. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) gets his own special paint job at this year's Tour de France.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) gets his own special paint job at this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Gore Ride-On Professional System cables are a popular piece of equipment at the Tour de France as they improve the shifting performance and also require less day-to-day maintenance.

Gore Ride-On Professional System cables are a popular piece of equipment at the Tour de France as they improve the shifting performance and also require less day-to-day maintenance. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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White hoods for Ivan Basso's (Liquigas-Cannondale) SRAM Red levers.

White hoods for Ivan Basso's (Liquigas-Cannondale) SRAM Red levers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ivan Basso's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale SuperSix EVO.

Ivan Basso's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale SuperSix EVO. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Liquigas-Cannondale rider Ivan Basso is using the previous-generation SRAM Red front derailleur but with the new chain catcher.

Liquigas-Cannondale rider Ivan Basso is using the previous-generation SRAM Red front derailleur but with the new chain catcher. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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SRAM's latest Red brake caliper - pictured here on Ivan Basso's Liquigas-Cannondale machine - features a linkage-enhanced single pivot design.

SRAM's latest Red brake caliper - pictured here on Ivan Basso's Liquigas-Cannondale machine - features a linkage-enhanced single pivot design. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Many Lampre-ISD riders are on Wilier Triestina's new Cento 1 SR frame at the Tour de France.

Many Lampre-ISD riders are on Wilier Triestina's new Cento 1 SR frame at the Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mavic tires and wheels for the Katusha team at the Tour de France.

Mavic tires and wheels for the Katusha team at the Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Katusha's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX frames feature a hugely oversized and very stiff front triangle but a surprisingly comfortable rear end.

Katusha's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX frames feature a hugely oversized and very stiff front triangle but a surprisingly comfortable rear end. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Russian national champion Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) gets a custom painted Canyon for this year's Tour de France.

Russian national champion Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) gets a custom painted Canyon for this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon uses an unusually oversized 1 1/4-to-1 1/2" steerer diameter on Katusha's Ultimate CF SLX frames.

Canyon uses an unusually oversized 1 1/4-to-1 1/2" steerer diameter on Katusha's Ultimate CF SLX frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's latest Dura-Ace 50mm carbon tubulars are fitted to this Orica-Greenedge team bike.

Shimano's latest Dura-Ace 50mm carbon tubulars are fitted to this Orica-Greenedge team bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Scott claims the truncated airfoil shaping on Orica-Greenedge's Foil team bikes produces good aerodynamic performance but without sacrificing weight and stiffness.

Scott claims the truncated airfoil shaping on Orica-Greenedge's Foil team bikes produces good aerodynamic performance but without sacrificing weight and stiffness. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's latest hub design on Orica-Greenedge's Scott Foil. Note the two-to-one lacing pattern, which should equalize tension between the two sides.

Shimano's latest hub design on Orica-Greenedge's Scott Foil. Note the two-to-one lacing pattern, which should equalize tension between the two sides. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Scott Foil aero road bike of Orica-Greenedge.

The Scott Foil aero road bike of Orica-Greenedge. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Orica-Greenedge is using Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups on all of the team bikes but where's the battery? Team mechanics have hidden them inside the frame and developed a charging setup that doesn't require the batteries to be removed.

Orica-Greenedge is using Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groups on all of the team bikes but where's the battery? Team mechanics have hidden them inside the frame and developed a charging setup that doesn't require the batteries to be removed. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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An Orica-Greenedge mechanic carefully measures the cleat position on one of the rider's shoes.

An Orica-Greenedge mechanic carefully measures the cleat position on one of the rider's shoes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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As usual, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) runs with a single bottle cage at the Tour de France.

As usual, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) runs with a single bottle cage at the Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar riders are split between mechanical and electronic Campagnolo groups at the Tour de France. Thomas Voeckler apparently prefers the standard Super Record group, augmented with white hoods (which likely also helps the mechanics quickly pick it out atop the team car).

Europcar riders are split between mechanical and electronic Campagnolo groups at the Tour de France. Thomas Voeckler apparently prefers the standard Super Record group, augmented with white hoods (which likely also helps the mechanics quickly pick it out atop the team car). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A carbon bar and aluminum stem - both from FSA - for Euskaltel-Euskadi captain Samuel Sanchez, who had to abandon this year's Tour de France after suffering substantial shoulder injuries on Stage 8.

A carbon bar and aluminum stem - both from FSA - for Euskaltel-Euskadi captain Samuel Sanchez, who had to abandon this year's Tour de France after suffering substantial shoulder injuries on Stage 8. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Gold anodized aluminum housing for Astana's Alexander Vinokourov.

Gold anodized aluminum housing for Astana's Alexander Vinokourov. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Vinokourov's (Astana) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.

Alexander Vinokourov's (Astana) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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SRAM's new Red drivetrain for Alexander Vinokourov, save for a PG-1070 cassette.

SRAM's new Red drivetrain for Alexander Vinokourov, save for a PG-1070 cassette. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Vinokourov's (Astana) Specialized carbon cranks rotate on CeramicSpeed bearings.

Alexander Vinokourov's (Astana) Specialized carbon cranks rotate on CeramicSpeed bearings. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Custom painted FSA Plasma integrated bars for Alexander Vinokourov (Astana).

Custom painted FSA Plasma integrated bars for Alexander Vinokourov (Astana). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) is equipped with SRAM's latest Red group.

Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) is equipped with SRAM's latest Red group. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Clothing can't be ignored at the Tour de France as the rider's body presents the most surface area - and thus the biggest potential for aerodynamic gains. Note the ultra-tight fit, the textured fabrics, and the clean-cut arm openings on Argos-Shimano's kits from Pearl Izumi.

Clothing can't be ignored at the Tour de France as the rider's body presents the most surface area - and thus the biggest potential for aerodynamic gains. Note the ultra-tight fit, the textured fabrics, and the clean-cut arm openings on Argos-Shimano's kits from Pearl Izumi. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano riders are using Shimano's latest 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels.

Argos-Shimano riders are using Shimano's latest 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Top tube reminders for the Argos-Shimano riders.

Top tube reminders for the Argos-Shimano riders. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmissions for Argos-Shimano.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmissions for Argos-Shimano. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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AceCo K-Edge chain keepers for Argos-Shimano.

AceCo K-Edge chain keepers for Argos-Shimano. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano's Felt F1 road race machines.

Argos-Shimano's Felt F1 road race machines. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano is using a mix of integrated and conventional PRO cockpits during this year's Tour de France.

Argos-Shimano is using a mix of integrated and conventional PRO cockpits during this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale is sponsored by Reynolds for wheelsets.

Ag2r-La Mondiale is sponsored by Reynolds for wheelsets. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tied-and-soldered spokes on Ag2r-La Mondiale's Reynolds wheels.

Tied-and-soldered spokes on Ag2r-La Mondiale's Reynolds wheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale's Reynolds wheels feature a 'swirl lip generator' that supposedly decreases aerodynamic drag.

Ag2r-La Mondiale's Reynolds wheels feature a 'swirl lip generator' that supposedly decreases aerodynamic drag. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale's Kuota KOM Evo team bike.

Ag2r-La Mondiale's Kuota KOM Evo team bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Vinokourov plants himself atop a custom covered Selle Italia Flite Monolink saddle.

Alexander Vinokourov plants himself atop a custom covered Selle Italia Flite Monolink saddle. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Vinokourov's (Astana) bike is fitted here with steel-spoked Corima aero carbon tubulars.

Alexander Vinokourov's (Astana) bike is fitted here with steel-spoked Corima aero carbon tubulars. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A healthy crowd surrounds the BMC paddock at the Tour de France.

A healthy crowd surrounds the BMC paddock at the Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sadly, Samuel Sanchez's (Euskaltel-Euskadi) gold Orbea Orca won't make it to Paris this year.

Sadly, Samuel Sanchez's (Euskaltel-Euskadi) gold Orbea Orca won't make it to Paris this year. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The front end of Samuel Sanchez's (Euskaltel-Euskadi) Orbea Orca, featuring a custom paint job, gold anodized aluminum housing, shallow-profile Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubulars, Vittoria Corsa Evo SC tires, and an FSA cockpit.

The front end of Samuel Sanchez's (Euskaltel-Euskadi) Orbea Orca, featuring a custom paint job, gold anodized aluminum housing, shallow-profile Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubulars, Vittoria Corsa Evo SC tires, and an FSA cockpit. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi team Orbeas are covered in their usual orange hue with the exception of Samuel Sanchez, who unfortunately had to abandon the Tour de France on Stage 8.

Euskaltel-Euskadi team Orbeas are covered in their usual orange hue with the exception of Samuel Sanchez, who unfortunately had to abandon the Tour de France on Stage 8. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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It's all gold all the time for Euskaltel-Euskadi's Samuel Sanchez, who will have the chance to defend his Olympic gold medal a few weeks after the Tour de France provided he can recover from his injuries.

It's all gold all the time for Euskaltel-Euskadi's Samuel Sanchez, who will have the chance to defend his Olympic gold medal a few weeks after the Tour de France provided he can recover from his injuries. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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23mm-wide Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tubulars for Cofidis team riders at this year's Tour de France.

23mm-wide Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tubulars for Cofidis team riders at this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The integrated carbon fiber stem is certainly a striking feature on Cofidis's Look 695 team bikes.

The integrated carbon fiber stem is certainly a striking feature on Cofidis's Look 695 team bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmissions for the Cofidis team.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmissions for the Cofidis team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Some Cofidis riders are also using GPS data during this year's Tour de France.

Some Cofidis riders are also using GPS data during this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The tiny American Classic Micro 58 front hubs of team Cofidis.

The tiny American Classic Micro 58 front hubs of team Cofidis. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Cofidis recently made a switch to American Classic wheels. The rear hub uses a unique driver mechanism that actively pulls the pawls back from the ratchet ring when coasting.

Cofidis recently made a switch to American Classic wheels. The rear hub uses a unique driver mechanism that actively pulls the pawls back from the ratchet ring when coasting. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Look 596 of team Cofidis.

The Look 596 of team Cofidis. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A touch of neon green for Cofidis team bikes at this year's Tour de France.

A touch of neon green for Cofidis team bikes at this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The massive and ultralight one-piece Zed carbon crank on Cofidis's Look 695.

The massive and ultralight one-piece Zed carbon crank on Cofidis's Look 695. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The striking head tube area on BMC's new TimeMachine TMR01 aero road bike.

The striking head tube area on BMC's new TimeMachine TMR01 aero road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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BMC riders used both the TeamMachine SLR01 and the new TimeMachine TMR01 during road stages in this year's Tour de France. We didn't see the much-hyped Impec model while we were at the race, however.

BMC riders used both the TeamMachine SLR01 and the new TimeMachine TMR01 during road stages in this year's Tour de France. We didn't see the much-hyped Impec model while we were at the race, however. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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George Hincapie (BMC) split his time between BMC's TeamMachine SLR01 and the new TimeMachine TMR01.

George Hincapie (BMC) split his time between BMC's TeamMachine SLR01 and the new TimeMachine TMR01. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) prefers BMC's TeamMachine SLR01.

Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) prefers BMC's TeamMachine SLR01. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale is still using SRAM's older Red group.

Ag2r-La Mondiale is still using SRAM's older Red group. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

As the 2012 Tour de France heads to Paris for its finale, we'd like to show you the bikes that the pros have been racing around France for the last three weeks.

We've already shown you many of the time trial bikes - which will again be used in today's 19th stage - but most of the race is ridden on road bikes.

In the first part of this two-part gallery, we'll run through Ag2r-La Mondiale's Kuotas to Liquigas's Cannondales. Simply click on the gallery at right and let our eagle-eyed tech editor James Huang give you a real insight into the machinery underneath the riders at the Tour.

The Scott Foil aero road bike of Orica-Greenedge