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Gallery: Time trial bikes from Paris-Nice

This article originally appeared on Bikeradar

Yesterday, Paris-Nice began with a 2.9km prologue north-west of the French capital. While surprise package Damien Gaudin (Europcar) stole the honours from established TT specialists Sylvain Chavanel and Lieuwe Westra, BikeRadar snooped around to see what time trial kit was on show.

We noted the arrival of Merida's Warp in the pro peloton, and also some new gear such as Uvex' Race 4 short distance lid, seen on the Argos-Shimano squad. Most notable, perhaps, was the debut of TriRig's centre-pull brakes, at Cofidis.

Despite the short distance teams brought their full range of gear to Paris, most of it tried and tested through 2012. A tranche of new showings is expected later in the year – a successor to the Ridley Dean, for example, and new carbon materials from Mavic.

Check out our image gallery for more details from the Paris-Nice 2013 prologue.

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Sam started as a trainee reporter on daily newspapers in the UK before moving to South Africa where he contributed to national cycling magazine Ride for three years. After moving back to the UK he joined Procycling as a staff writer in November 2010.