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Gallery: Start line tech from Scheldeprijs

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2013 Scheldeprijs winner Marcel Kittel's Felt F-Series FRD bookends the Argos-Shimano fleet before the start. Actual weight without bottles is 7.50kg (16.53lb).

2013 Scheldeprijs winner Marcel Kittel's Felt F-Series FRD bookends the Argos-Shimano fleet before the start. Actual weight without bottles is 7.50kg (16.53lb). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon reinforces the bottom bracket area of its new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX with an outer woven layer - a detail we didn't see at the launch last July since that sample was covered in paint.

Canyon reinforces the bottom bracket area of its new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX with an outer woven layer - a detail we didn't see at the launch last July since that sample was covered in paint. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager's Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and Race Lite VR aluminum bar for MTN-Qhubeka's Youcef Reguigui.

Bontrager's Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and Race Lite VR aluminum bar for MTN-Qhubeka's Youcef Reguigui. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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MTB-Qhubeka team mechanics use Nokon's very flexible segmented aluminum housing for the chain stay-mounted rear brake on the Trek Madone 7-Series.

MTB-Qhubeka team mechanics use Nokon's very flexible segmented aluminum housing for the chain stay-mounted rear brake on the Trek Madone 7-Series. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Veloflex Arenberg tubulars for MTB-Qhubeka rider Youcef Reguigui.

Veloflex Arenberg tubulars for MTB-Qhubeka rider Youcef Reguigui. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The chain stay-mounted rear brake on MTB-Qhubeka's Trek Madone 7-Series leaves the seat stays looking unusually uncluttered.

The chain stay-mounted rear brake on MTB-Qhubeka's Trek Madone 7-Series leaves the seat stays looking unusually uncluttered. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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MTN-Qhubeka team mechanics use the seatmast head clamp on the Trek Madone 7-Series as a number plate mount.

MTN-Qhubeka team mechanics use the seatmast head clamp on the Trek Madone 7-Series as a number plate mount. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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SRAM's latest Red cassette features noise-squelching elastomer rings.

SRAM's latest Red cassette features noise-squelching elastomer rings. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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NetApp's Fuji Altamira takes the stage at Scheldeprijs.

NetApp's Fuji Altamira takes the stage at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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With exclamation points for emphasis!

With exclamation points for emphasis! (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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NetApp's Fuji Altamira frames are built with BB386 EVO bottom brackets. Reducer cups are used for the team's Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 cranks.

NetApp's Fuji Altamira frames are built with BB386 EVO bottom brackets. Reducer cups are used for the team's Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 cranks. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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23mm-wide Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tubulars are mounted to Oval Concepts 950 carbon wheels - which haven't been added to the company's web site yet.

23mm-wide Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tubulars are mounted to Oval Concepts 950 carbon wheels - which haven't been added to the company's web site yet. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A Specialized S-Works Venge rides atop the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team car at Scheldeprijs.

A Specialized S-Works Venge rides atop the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team car at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Radioshack-Leopard-Trek riders all used the smooth-riding Domane at Scheldeprijs - surely in preparation for the big show on Sunday.

Radioshack-Leopard-Trek riders all used the smooth-riding Domane at Scheldeprijs - surely in preparation for the big show on Sunday. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Saxo-Tinkoff's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 at Scheldeprijs.

Saxo-Tinkoff's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Blue SRAM Red 2012 hoods nicely complement the Saxo-Tinkoff team livery. Note the reduced lever reach for rider Jonathan Cantwell.

Blue SRAM Red 2012 hoods nicely complement the Saxo-Tinkoff team livery. Note the reduced lever reach for rider Jonathan Cantwell. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires for the Saxo-Tinkoff team at Scheldeprijs.

25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires for the Saxo-Tinkoff team at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager Speed Limit direct-mount brakes for the MTN-Qhubeka team's Trek Madone 7-Series bikes. Note the Gore Ride-On 'grub' seal, too.

Bontrager Speed Limit direct-mount brakes for the MTN-Qhubeka team's Trek Madone 7-Series bikes. Note the Gore Ride-On 'grub' seal, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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MTB-Qhubeka rider Youcef Reguigui uses an SRM power meter with SRAM aluminum-core carbon fiber arms on his Trek Madone 7-Series.

MTB-Qhubeka rider Youcef Reguigui uses an SRM power meter with SRAM aluminum-core carbon fiber arms on his Trek Madone 7-Series. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lotto-Belisol sprinter Kenny Dehaes used Ridley's sleek Noah FAST at Scheldeprijs.

Lotto-Belisol sprinter Kenny Dehaes used Ridley's sleek Noah FAST at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lotto-Belisol team mechanics added a hole to the back of the seatmast head on Kenny Dehaes's Ridley Noah FAST for a number plate holder.

Lotto-Belisol team mechanics added a hole to the back of the seatmast head on Kenny Dehaes's Ridley Noah FAST for a number plate holder. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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An SRM power meter with made-for-SRM Campagnolo carbon fiber arms for Lotto Belisol sprinter Kenny Dehaes.

An SRM power meter with made-for-SRM Campagnolo carbon fiber arms for Lotto Belisol sprinter Kenny Dehaes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lotto-Belisol's innovative Ridley Noah FAST features linear-pull front and rear brake arms that are directly molded into the carbon fiber structure.

Lotto-Belisol's innovative Ridley Noah FAST features linear-pull front and rear brake arms that are directly molded into the carbon fiber structure. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The slots in the fork blades on Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Noah FAST supposedly pulls air out away from the spinning spokes to reduce drag.

The slots in the fork blades on Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Noah FAST supposedly pulls air out away from the spinning spokes to reduce drag. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Classic-bend Deda aluminum bars and Lizard Skins DSP tape for Lotto-Belisol's Kenny Dehaes.

Classic-bend Deda aluminum bars and Lizard Skins DSP tape for Lotto-Belisol's Kenny Dehaes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lotto-Belisol sprinter Kenny Dehaes set off from Antwerpen with a pair of Tacx Tao aluminum bottle cages.

Lotto-Belisol sprinter Kenny Dehaes set off from Antwerpen with a pair of Tacx Tao aluminum bottle cages. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The distinctly curvy rear end of Movistar's Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2.

The distinctly curvy rear end of Movistar's Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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SRM supplies teams with custom decals for its power meters to match the rest of the bike.

SRM supplies teams with custom decals for its power meters to match the rest of the bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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25mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG tires and Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two deep-section carbon fiber tubular wheels for Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas.

25mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG tires and Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two deep-section carbon fiber tubular wheels for Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Movistar team bikes sport a more menacing appearance for the 2013 season.

Movistar team bikes sport a more menacing appearance for the 2013 season. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Chain catchers and Campagnolo Record EPS groups for Movistar at Scheldeprijs.

Chain catchers and Campagnolo Record EPS groups for Movistar at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas ran 6 bar (87psi) up front and 6.5 bar (94psi) out back at Scheldeprijs.

Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas ran 6 bar (87psi) up front and 6.5 bar (94psi) out back at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas is hoping for a better season after an injury-laden 2012. Rojas finished 11th at Scheldeprijs.

Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas is hoping for a better season after an injury-laden 2012. Rojas finished 11th at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Trek is once again using a black-and-yellow color scheme on its Madone but this time it's for the new MTN-Qhubeka team.

Trek is once again using a black-and-yellow color scheme on its Madone but this time it's for the new MTN-Qhubeka team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Saxo-Tinkoff rider Michael Morkov used Prologo's new Nago Evo Nack CPC slip-resistant saddle at Scheldeprijs.

Saxo-Tinkoff rider Michael Morkov used Prologo's new Nago Evo Nack CPC slip-resistant saddle at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Hey, isn't this seatpost collar supposed to go the other way?

Hey, isn't this seatpost collar supposed to go the other way? (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Scheldeprijs isn't a rough course but it's the last chance for racers to suss out equipment that will be used on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix. Here, Saxo-Tinkoff rider Michael Morkov apparently wanted to get some more saddle time on his Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 before the big day.

Scheldeprijs isn't a rough course but it's the last chance for racers to suss out equipment that will be used on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix. Here, Saxo-Tinkoff rider Michael Morkov apparently wanted to get some more saddle time on his Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 before the big day. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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TRP R970EQ brakes and AceCo K-Edge number plate holders for UnitedHealthcare at Scheldeprijs.

TRP R970EQ brakes and AceCo K-Edge number plate holders for UnitedHealthcare at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Custom anodized and etched AceCo K-Edge chain catchers for UnitedHealthcare. AceCo's latest Professional design is more secure and can be easily adjusted independently of the front derailleur than the original setup.

Custom anodized and etched AceCo K-Edge chain catchers for UnitedHealthcare. AceCo's latest Professional design is more secure and can be easily adjusted independently of the front derailleur than the original setup. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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It's a good thing UnitedHealthcare bikes have giant NeilPryde and Enve logos on them. Otherwise, a casual observer might instead mistake them for Sky's machines based on the color scheme.

It's a good thing UnitedHealthcare bikes have giant NeilPryde and Enve logos on them. Otherwise, a casual observer might instead mistake them for Sky's machines based on the color scheme. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Arundel Dave-O carbon fiber cages for UnitedHealthcare at Scheldeprijs.

Arundel Dave-O carbon fiber cages for UnitedHealthcare at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Hourglass-profile head tubes such as used on UnitedHealthcare's NeilPryde Alize frames are now quite common.

Hourglass-profile head tubes such as used on UnitedHealthcare's NeilPryde Alize frames are now quite common. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vacansoleil-DCM team mechanics have to use an extra zip-tie to secure the wire for the Campagnolo Super Record EPS rear derailleur.

Vacansoleil-DCM team mechanics have to use an extra zip-tie to secure the wire for the Campagnolo Super Record EPS rear derailleur. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Barry Markus's (Vacansoleil-DCM) Bianchi Oltre XR just before the start of Scheldeprijs.

Barry Markus's (Vacansoleil-DCM) Bianchi Oltre XR just before the start of Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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FSA's Plasma integrated carbon fiber bar and stem doesn't show itself in public much.

FSA's Plasma integrated carbon fiber bar and stem doesn't show itself in public much. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Oltre XM is equipped with a machined aluminum seatpost collar and BBB number plate holder.

Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Oltre XM is equipped with a machined aluminum seatpost collar and BBB number plate holder. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vacansoleil-DCM rider Juan Antonio Flecha will certainly be hoping for a better finish at Paris-Roubaix than his 72nd place showing at Scheldeprijs.

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Juan Antonio Flecha will certainly be hoping for a better finish at Paris-Roubaix than his 72nd place showing at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vacansoleil-DCM riders are using BBB's new Icarus helmet.

Vacansoleil-DCM riders are using BBB's new Icarus helmet. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Juan Antonio Flecha's (Vacansoleil-DCM) tires were conspicuously labeled as 25mm-wide Vredesteins but the construction suggests they were made by one of the smaller manufacturers.

Juan Antonio Flecha's (Vacansoleil-DCM) tires were conspicuously labeled as 25mm-wide Vredesteins but the construction suggests they were made by one of the smaller manufacturers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) used the only Powertap rear hub we found at Scheldeprijs.

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) used the only Powertap rear hub we found at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The unmistakable neon yellow hue of the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team.

The unmistakable neon yellow hue of the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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We can't imagine how badly Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team mechanics want to file these off.

We can't imagine how badly Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team mechanics want to file these off. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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UnitedHealthcare team wheels are handbuilt around Chris King R45 hubs.

UnitedHealthcare team wheels are handbuilt around Chris King R45 hubs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Continental stamps were blacked out on UnitedHealthcare team bikes, which were also the only machines in the peloton to use Enve carbon rims.

Continental stamps were blacked out on UnitedHealthcare team bikes, which were also the only machines in the peloton to use Enve carbon rims. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Specialized has long said its unique Zertz elastomeric seat stay and fork inserts damp vibration for a smoother ride.

Specialized has long said its unique Zertz elastomeric seat stay and fork inserts damp vibration for a smoother ride. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Custom yellow and blue SRM PowerControl 7 computers for the Saxo-Tinkoff team.

Custom yellow and blue SRM PowerControl 7 computers for the Saxo-Tinkoff team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky's latest team bike livery is almost shockingly basic.

Sky's latest team bike livery is almost shockingly basic. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Deep, round drops for Sky rider Bernhard Eisel.

Deep, round drops for Sky rider Bernhard Eisel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Veloflex Carbon tubulars mounted to 50mm-deep Shimano Dura-Ace carbon wheels for Sky's Bernhard Eisel.

Veloflex Carbon tubulars mounted to 50mm-deep Shimano Dura-Ace carbon wheels for Sky's Bernhard Eisel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Anyone care to guess who Sky's stem sponsor is?

Anyone care to guess who Sky's stem sponsor is? (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A small Sky sticker marks the seatpost height on Bernhard Eisel's Pinarello Dogma K while friction paste helps ensure it stays there.

A small Sky sticker marks the seatpost height on Bernhard Eisel's Pinarello Dogma K while friction paste helps ensure it stays there. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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More friction paste is used between the aluminum bar and stem on Bernhard Eisel's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma K at Scheldeprijs.

More friction paste is used between the aluminum bar and stem on Bernhard Eisel's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma K at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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More noise-reducing electrical tape, this time on a Sky team bike.

More noise-reducing electrical tape, this time on a Sky team bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky rider Ian Stannard gets a little extra flair on his Pinarello at Scheldeprijs.

Sky rider Ian Stannard gets a little extra flair on his Pinarello at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The curvaceous Pinarello Onda fork of Sky rider Ian Stannard.

The curvaceous Pinarello Onda fork of Sky rider Ian Stannard. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky uses FSA reducers to adapt the Shimano Dura-Ace cranks to its PF30-equipped Pinarello frames.

Sky uses FSA reducers to adapt the Shimano Dura-Ace cranks to its PF30-equipped Pinarello frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise riders mostly used the Merckx EMX-525 but we also spotted this EMX-5 atop the team car.

Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise riders mostly used the Merckx EMX-525 but we also spotted this EMX-5 atop the team car. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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24mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG tubulars and 3T's cleverly designed Mercurio 40 LTD carbon wheels for Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

24mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG tubulars and 3T's cleverly designed Mercurio 40 LTD carbon wheels for Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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UnitedHealthcare riders used NeilPryde's Alize model across the board at Scheldeprijs.

UnitedHealthcare riders used NeilPryde's Alize model across the board at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubulars are mounted to Edco carbon wheels with ceramic-coated sidewalls on the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team bikes at Scheldeprijs.

Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubulars are mounted to Edco carbon wheels with ceramic-coated sidewalls on the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team bikes at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ag2R-La Mondiale's Focus Izalco at Scheldeprijs.

Ag2R-La Mondiale's Focus Izalco at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Astana rider Andrea Guardini spends a lot of time sitting on this fi'zi:k Aliante Carbon saddle and FSA K-Force SB25 seatpost.

Astana rider Andrea Guardini spends a lot of time sitting on this fi'zi:k Aliante Carbon saddle and FSA K-Force SB25 seatpost. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Classic-bend FSA bars for Astana rider Andrea Guardini.

Classic-bend FSA bars for Astana rider Andrea Guardini. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The unique racing lacing setup for Astana's Corima Aero+ front wheel.

The unique racing lacing setup for Astana's Corima Aero+ front wheel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Blanco used three different Giant bikes at Scheldeprijs: the TCR Advanced SL, the Defy Advanced SL, and the new Propel Advanced SL.

Blanco used three different Giant bikes at Scheldeprijs: the TCR Advanced SL, the Defy Advanced SL, and the new Propel Advanced SL. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Blanco threw its support being Theo Bos and his Giant Propel Advanced SL at Scheldeprijs.

Blanco threw its support being Theo Bos and his Giant Propel Advanced SL at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The wiring setup on Theo Bos's (Blanco) Giant Propel Advanced SL at Scheldeprijs.

The wiring setup on Theo Bos's (Blanco) Giant Propel Advanced SL at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Blanco team mechanics got creative with the number plate mounting on Theo Bos's Giant Propel Advanced SL.

Blanco team mechanics got creative with the number plate mounting on Theo Bos's Giant Propel Advanced SL. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Blanco uses custom made aluminum linear-pull brakes on its Giant Propel Advanced SL rigs instead of the molded carbon fiber ones found on production bikes. The more precise noodle socket, stronger return springs, and seemingly tighter tolerances lend a much improved feel at the lever.

Blanco uses custom made aluminum linear-pull brakes on its Giant Propel Advanced SL rigs instead of the molded carbon fiber ones found on production bikes. The more precise noodle socket, stronger return springs, and seemingly tighter tolerances lend a much improved feel at the lever. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Giant's RideSense wireless speed and cadence sensor is mounted to the non-driveside chain stay on Theo Bos's (Blanco) Giant Propel Advanced SL at Scheldeprijs.

Giant's RideSense wireless speed and cadence sensor is mounted to the non-driveside chain stay on Theo Bos's (Blanco) Giant Propel Advanced SL at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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An SRM power meter with Dura-Ace 7800 crankarms for Theo Bos (Blanco).

An SRM power meter with Dura-Ace 7800 crankarms for Theo Bos (Blanco). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Theo Bos (Blanco) used 25mm-wide Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tires at Scheldeprijs.

Theo Bos (Blanco) used 25mm-wide Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tires at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Giant makes an ultralight compression plug assembly for its OverDrive 2 1 1/4-to-1 1/2" steerers.

Giant makes an ultralight compression plug assembly for its OverDrive 2 1 1/4-to-1 1/2" steerers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Crelan-Euphony's Colnago C59 Team Edition sets off for the start line at Scheldeprijs.

Crelan-Euphony's Colnago C59 Team Edition sets off for the start line at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orca in the team's trademark black-and-orange livery at Scheldeprijs.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orca in the team's trademark black-and-orange livery at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi uses these neat custom carbon fiber number plate holders on its Orbea Orcas.

Euskaltel-Euskadi uses these neat custom carbon fiber number plate holders on its Orbea Orcas. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Specialized's latest S-Works carbon cranks and Campagnolo chainrings for Astana.

Specialized's latest S-Works carbon cranks and Campagnolo chainrings for Astana. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Astana team was mostly using Specialized's S-Works Tarmac SL4 at Scheldeprijs.

The Astana team was mostly using Specialized's S-Works Tarmac SL4 at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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fi'zi:k's latest Arione 00 mounted atop this Ag2R-La Mondiale Focus Izalco at Scheldeprijs.

fi'zi:k's latest Arione 00 mounted atop this Ag2R-La Mondiale Focus Izalco at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Even with electronic drivetrains, chain catchers are an almost universale accessory here at the spring classics.

Even with electronic drivetrains, chain catchers are an almost universale accessory here at the spring classics. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Steve Chainel (Ag2R-La Mondiale) opted for a Focus Mares CX for Scheldeprijs - no doubt as preparation for Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

Steve Chainel (Ag2R-La Mondiale) opted for a Focus Mares CX for Scheldeprijs - no doubt as preparation for Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Focus has switched to a crown mounted housing stop for its Mares CX. The Campagnolo wide-profile cantilever brakes are made by Tektro.

Focus has switched to a crown mounted housing stop for its Mares CX. The Campagnolo wide-profile cantilever brakes are made by Tektro. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel used this ultra-stiff cockpit from PRO to help out-kick Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel used this ultra-stiff cockpit from PRO to help out-kick Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Supplemental 'sprint' shifters for 2012 and 2013 Scheldeprijs winner Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano).

Supplemental 'sprint' shifters for 2012 and 2013 Scheldeprijs winner Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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AceCo produces custom etched K-Edge chain catchers for the Argos-Shimano team - and several others.

AceCo produces custom etched K-Edge chain catchers for the Argos-Shimano team - and several others. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) uses a PRO Turnix saddle mounted atop a PRO Vibe carbon fiber seatpost.

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) uses a PRO Turnix saddle mounted atop a PRO Vibe carbon fiber seatpost. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Wheels are sometimes marked with a team logo to make it easier for neutral support to identify their owner.

Wheels are sometimes marked with a team logo to make it easier for neutral support to identify their owner. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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175mm-long cranks for Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel.

175mm-long cranks for Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A little strip of electrical tape keeps valve stems from rattling inside deep-section carbon rims.

A little strip of electrical tape keeps valve stems from rattling inside deep-section carbon rims. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) repeated at Scheldeprijs with 50mm-deep Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels mounted front and rear.

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) repeated at Scheldeprijs with 50mm-deep Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels mounted front and rear. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Semi-anatomic PRO handlebars and the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel.

Semi-anatomic PRO handlebars and the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Oxeon's TeXtreme carbon fiber fabric reduces the weight but also lends a unique surface finish to Argos-Shimano's Felt F-Series FRD frames.

Oxeon's TeXtreme carbon fiber fabric reduces the weight but also lends a unique surface finish to Argos-Shimano's Felt F-Series FRD frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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So what's the telltale giveaway that Europcar wan't going to race this Brompton folding bike at Scheldeprijs? Duh - there's no number plate.

So what's the telltale giveaway that Europcar wan't going to race this Brompton folding bike at Scheldeprijs? Duh - there's no number plate. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar's team mechanics apparently had a lot of extra computer wire to put somewhere.

Europcar's team mechanics apparently had a lot of extra computer wire to put somewhere. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar rider Yohann Gene chose to use a Colnago Cross Prestige at Scheldeprijs in prep for his start at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

Europcar rider Yohann Gene chose to use a Colnago Cross Prestige at Scheldeprijs in prep for his start at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The external cable routing on Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo R3 Mud machines may seem antiquated but it's also exceptionally easy to service.

The external cable routing on Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo R3 Mud machines may seem antiquated but it's also exceptionally easy to service. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Once again, Garmin's pedals make an appearance - but still with no power meter hardware attached.

Once again, Garmin's pedals make an appearance - but still with no power meter hardware attached. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp sprinter Tyler Farrar was the outlier of the team with his Cervélo R5.

Garmin-Sharp sprinter Tyler Farrar was the outlier of the team with his Cervélo R5. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) used 80mm-deep Mavic carbon tubulars at Scheldeprijs despite the persistent, howling wind.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) used 80mm-deep Mavic carbon tubulars at Scheldeprijs despite the persistent, howling wind. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5 isn't actually set up for internal routing so team mechanics attach the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire with zip-ties and tape.

Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5 isn't actually set up for internal routing so team mechanics attach the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire with zip-ties and tape. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Arundel Mandible cages used by Garmin-Sharp is one of few carbon fiber models that hold a bottle securely enough for the spring classics.

The Arundel Mandible cages used by Garmin-Sharp is one of few carbon fiber models that hold a bottle securely enough for the spring classics. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp team bikes are fitted with Rotor chain catchers.

Garmin-Sharp team bikes are fitted with Rotor chain catchers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5 features 3T's stunning Integra LTD stem with its integrated computer mount.

Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5 features 3T's stunning Integra LTD stem with its integrated computer mount. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sprint shifters for Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) at Scheldeprijs. And don't fret about the "Vansummeren" sticker on the side of the computer. Team mechanics just wanted to make there was a computer on the bikes.

Sprint shifters for Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) at Scheldeprijs. And don't fret about the "Vansummeren" sticker on the side of the computer. Team mechanics just wanted to make there was a computer on the bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Sharp) feature-laden Rotor 3D+ crankset features drilled-out arms, an SRM spider, and Rotor "no-Q" round chainrings.

Tyler Farrar's (Garmin-Sharp) feature-laden Rotor 3D+ crankset features drilled-out arms, an SRM spider, and Rotor "no-Q" round chainrings. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Katusha employed Canyon's new Ultimate CF SLX carbon fiber chassis at Scheldeprijs.

Katusha employed Canyon's new Ultimate CF SLX carbon fiber chassis at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Katusha's hope for Paris-Roubaix, Alexander Kristoff, used a Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR wheel up front at Scheldeprijs.

Katusha's hope for Paris-Roubaix, Alexander Kristoff, used a Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR wheel up front at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon's previous Ultimate CF SLX frame was already extraordinarily comfortable out back and we hope this new version matches - or maybe even improves upon - the original.

Canyon's previous Ultimate CF SLX frame was already extraordinarily comfortable out back and we hope this new version matches - or maybe even improves upon - the original. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) used a more aggressive Mavic Cosmic Carbon 80 out back - an interesting choice given the hugely disparate braking performance between both ends.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) used a more aggressive Mavic Cosmic Carbon 80 out back - an interesting choice given the hugely disparate braking performance between both ends. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tight-fitting Elite Ciussi aluminum cages for Katusha rider Alexander Kristoff.

Tight-fitting Elite Ciussi aluminum cages for Katusha rider Alexander Kristoff. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp only uses its Classics bikes a few times a year so it's not entirely surprising that they're equipped with older gear. It's a fairly common practice among many teams, in fact.

Garmin-Sharp only uses its Classics bikes a few times a year so it's not entirely surprising that they're equipped with older gear. It's a fairly common practice among many teams, in fact. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp setups were nearly identical almost across the board.

Garmin-Sharp setups were nearly identical almost across the board. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Supplemental top-mount brake levers for Yohann Gene's (Europcar) Colnago Cross Prestige at Scheldeprijs.

Supplemental top-mount brake levers for Yohann Gene's (Europcar) Colnago Cross Prestige at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team riders have used these welded steel chain catchers for ages.

Team riders have used these welded steel chain catchers for ages. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar team mechanics used the rear brake housing stop to mount the number plate.

Europcar team mechanics used the rear brake housing stop to mount the number plate. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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FDJ's Lapierre Xelius at Scheldeprijs.

FDJ's Lapierre Xelius at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This FDJ team-issue Lapierre Xelius cockpit is awfully busy with two computers - one from PRO and another from SRM - and the control box and satellite shifter for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 transmission.

This FDJ team-issue Lapierre Xelius cockpit is awfully busy with two computers - one from PRO and another from SRM - and the control box and satellite shifter for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 transmission. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The seat cluster on FDJ's Lapierre Xelius actually seems quite pretty.

The seat cluster on FDJ's Lapierre Xelius actually seems quite pretty. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Slim seat stays and big chain stays on FDJ's Lapierre Xelius at Scheldeprijs.

Slim seat stays and big chain stays on FDJ's Lapierre Xelius at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A Schwalbe Ultremo HT tire is mounted to a 75mm-deep Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubular rear wheel on this FDJ Lapierre Xelius.

A Schwalbe Ultremo HT tire is mounted to a 75mm-deep Shimano Dura-Ace carbon tubular rear wheel on this FDJ Lapierre Xelius. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Some FDJ team bikes were instead fitted with 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tires.

Some FDJ team bikes were instead fitted with 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tires. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Elite's Sior bottle cages are extraordinarily expensive but they apparently hold on to bottles pretty securely.

Elite's Sior bottle cages are extraordinarily expensive but they apparently hold on to bottles pretty securely. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Martijn Maaskant's (Garmin-Sharp) specially modified Cervélo R3 just prior to the start of Scheldeprijs.

Martijn Maaskant's (Garmin-Sharp) specially modified Cervélo R3 just prior to the start of Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The seat stays on Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo R3 still seem impossibly slender, even years after Cervélo first began the practice.

The seat stays on Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo R3 still seem impossibly slender, even years after Cervélo first began the practice. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Not surprisingly, Garmin-Sharp team bikes are equipped with Garmin's latest Edge 510 computers and Out-front handlebar mount.

Not surprisingly, Garmin-Sharp team bikes are equipped with Garmin's latest Edge 510 computers and Out-front handlebar mount. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp is one of several teams that have relied heavily on Gore's now-discontinued Ride-On sealed cable systems. Team mechanic Alex Banyay doesn't sound too worried, though. He says he has "a lot" of extra sets and liners on hand.

Garmin-Sharp is one of several teams that have relied heavily on Gore's now-discontinued Ride-On sealed cable systems. Team mechanic Alex Banyay doesn't sound too worried, though. He says he has "a lot" of extra sets and liners on hand. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mavic's unique Exalith sidewall treatment provides remarkable stopping capabilities in the wet - but things stayed dry all day at Scheldeprijs.

Mavic's unique Exalith sidewall treatment provides remarkable stopping capabilities in the wet - but things stayed dry all day at Scheldeprijs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was among the many riders at Scheldeprijs using the previous generation of Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 group.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was among the many riders at Scheldeprijs using the previous generation of Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 group. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

We've brought you plenty of enormous photo galleries covering top race bikes around the world but this one from Scheldeprijs is truly a beast – 138 images! Included in the mix is a close look at the Felt F-Series FRD of repeat winner Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) plus the bikes of nearly every other team that was in attendance.

Scheldeprijs is the last warm-up event before Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The parcours is essentially flat and mostly smooth but some riders still took the opportunity to do their final shakedown tests on slightly more unusual before hitting the treacherous cobbles of Arenberg.

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