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Gallery: Time trial tech from Three Days of de Panne

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Guess who this Pinarello Bolide TT machine belongs to?

Guess who this Pinarello Bolide TT machine belongs to?
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No matter how good it is, how fast it is or how well it fits, nothing is getting onto the starting ramp without the UCI signing off on it. Here, a bike is placed in a UCI jig to ensure compliance.

No matter how good it is, how fast it is or how well it fits, nothing is getting onto the starting ramp without the UCI signing off on it. Here, a bike is placed in a UCI jig to ensure compliance.
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The top tube of Andrea Guardini's smaller Shiv frame rises up to meet the integrated bar. Note Gruzdev's flat set-up at left.

The top tube of Andrea Guardini's smaller Shiv frame rises up to meet the integrated bar. Note Gruzdev's flat set-up at left.
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The Specialized Sitero saddle on Dmitry Gruzdev's Shiv.

The Specialized Sitero saddle on Dmitry Gruzdev's Shiv.
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Astana's Specialized Shivs with Corima wheels and discs.

Astana's Specialized Shivs with Corima wheels and discs.
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Andreas Schllinger uses camoflouged HED wheels.

Andreas Schllinger uses camoflouged HED wheels.
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You say tri-spoke, Vision says 3-Spoke.

You say tri-spoke, Vision says 3-Spoke.
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Most Argon 18 riders used Vision 3-Spokes up front and the Metron Discs — which are basically 80mm wheels with covers — in the rear.

Most Argon 18 riders used Vision 3-Spokes up front and the Metron Discs — which are basically 80mm wheels with covers — in the rear.
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The tri-spoke isn't a new design, but it's hard to beat in terms of aerodynamics.

The tri-spoke isn't a new design, but it's hard to beat in terms of aerodynamics.
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Rompoot Oranje Peloton races Isaac. This is Ivar Silk's Muon.

Rompoot Oranje Peloton races Isaac. This is Ivar Silk's Muon.
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Mads Petersen gets his aero road helmet cleaned off from the morning's road stage.

Mads Petersen gets his aero road helmet cleaned off from the morning's road stage.
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Some teams use K-Edge mounts. Others use electrical tape.

Some teams use K-Edge mounts. Others use electrical tape.
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Team Cult's 80mm front wheels were on the deeper side of what was used at the De Panne time trial, with more riders opting for something around 50mm.

Team Cult's 80mm front wheels were on the deeper side of what was used at the De Panne time trial, with more riders opting for something around 50mm.
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Two different versions of Schwalbe Ones adorn Team Cult wheels.

Two different versions of Schwalbe Ones adorn Team Cult wheels.
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The old reliable DT Swiss provides hubs for the Black Disc wheels.

The old reliable DT Swiss provides hubs for the Black Disc wheels.
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Most of Cult Energy had Black Disc wheels. A few sported Zipp models for the time trial.

Most of Cult Energy had Black Disc wheels. A few sported Zipp models for the time trial.
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Yes, it is.

Yes, it is.
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Team Cult Energy raced Ridleys with Black Disc wheels. This was the only road machine we spotted with a disc.

Team Cult Energy raced Ridleys with Black Disc wheels. This was the only road machine we spotted with a disc.
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While Di2 routing offers gear shifting regardless of tight bends, it is not without its challenges.

While Di2 routing offers gear shifting regardless of tight bends, it is not without its challenges.
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WorldTour teams like BMC, on the other hand, have their bikes largely homogenized and buttoned up.

WorldTour teams like BMC, on the other hand, have their bikes largely homogenized and buttoned up.
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For team 3M, some riders had integrated Slice brakes, some had SRAM Red road calipers and two had Magura hydrualic rim brakes.

For team 3M, some riders had integrated Slice brakes, some had SRAM Red road calipers and two had Magura hydrualic rim brakes.
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This can't be comfortable.

This can't be comfortable.
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A blank DT Swiss disc sits among the Vision wheels.

A blank DT Swiss disc sits among the Vision wheels.
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Tape masks most of the Prologo saddle logos on the Selle Italia-sponsored team.

Tape masks most of the Prologo saddle logos on the Selle Italia-sponsored team.
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3M's bikes were set up a little rougher than the WorldTeam machines.

3M's bikes were set up a little rougher than the WorldTeam machines.
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Two 3M riders used Magura's hydraulic rim brakes. Note the uncut steerer tube on Van Der Weijst's Slice.

Two 3M riders used Magura's hydraulic rim brakes. Note the uncut steerer tube on Van Der Weijst's Slice.
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Continental team 3M arrived with a few different configurations of Cannondale Slice TT rigs, including this one for Geert Van Der Weijst.

Continental team 3M arrived with a few different configurations of Cannondale Slice TT rigs, including this one for Geert Van Der Weijst.
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Road helmets, aero road helmets and brand new TT lids still in the bag all wait at the ready for Trek Factory riders.

Road helmets, aero road helmets and brand new TT lids still in the bag all wait at the ready for Trek Factory riders.
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The DuoTrap does require a magnet on the wheel for measuring speed.

The DuoTrap does require a magnet on the wheel for measuring speed.
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Trek's DuoTrap ANT sensor on the chainstay chain measure cadence and speed, and relay that data wirelessly to any head unit like a Garmin.

Trek's DuoTrap ANT sensor on the chainstay chain measure cadence and speed, and relay that data wirelessly to any head unit like a Garmin.
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Trek's Speed Concept bars offer exceptionally low frontal profile, while Shimano Di2 means shifting isn't at all compromised. (Tight bends on internally routed mechanical cables often wreak havoc on shifting performance due to increased friction).

Trek's Speed Concept bars offer exceptionally low frontal profile, while Shimano Di2 means shifting isn't at all compromised. (Tight bends on internally routed mechanical cables often wreak havoc on shifting performance due to increased friction).
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Veloflex tubulars get a little more air for time-trial stages.

Veloflex tubulars get a little more air for time-trial stages.
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For the flat TT, Rast probably never even used the 42t small ring.

For the flat TT, Rast probably never even used the 42t small ring.
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Trek Factory Racing ran Aeolus wheels in the 50, 70 and even 90mm depths.

Trek Factory Racing ran Aeolus wheels in the 50, 70 and even 90mm depths.
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Along the De Panne time trial was less than 15km long, Gregory Rast has two spares on the roof of his follow car.

Along the De Panne time trial was less than 15km long, Gregory Rast has two spares on the roof of his follow car.
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Not so long ago, you'd never find a 25mm-wide tubular in the pro peloton. Now they are fairly common, even in time trials.

Not so long ago, you'd never find a 25mm-wide tubular in the pro peloton. Now they are fairly common, even in time trials.
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What's the big ring on your bike?

What's the big ring on your bike?
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K-Edge has a relatively new chain guard that doubles as a magnet mount, meaning mechanics don't have to glue one onto the frame for use with an SRM power meter (SRM power meters use the magnet to measure cadence).

K-Edge has a relatively new chain guard that doubles as a magnet mount, meaning mechanics don't have to glue one onto the frame for use with an SRM power meter (SRM power meters use the magnet to measure cadence).
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Team edition tape finishes off the cowhorn bartape nicely.

Team edition tape finishes off the cowhorn bartape nicely.
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K-Edge provides the SRM Power Control 7 mount while grip tape provides low-bulk traction.

K-Edge provides the SRM Power Control 7 mount while grip tape provides low-bulk traction.
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And the first-generation Di2 battery is custom-mounted to the saddle rails.

And the first-generation Di2 battery is custom-mounted to the saddle rails.
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The Di2 junction box is zip-tied under the nose

The Di2 junction box is zip-tied under the nose
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The matching, nose-padded Arione is slammed back, somewhat unusual for a TT bike, with Di2 bits dangling front and rear.

The matching, nose-padded Arione is slammed back, somewhat unusual for a TT bike, with Di2 bits dangling front and rear.
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Luke Durbridge's Scott Plasma.

Luke Durbridge's Scott Plasma.
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Hey, pros can get flats on their warm-up rides too, you know.

Hey, pros can get flats on their warm-up rides too, you know.
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Movistar's Canyon Speedmax is well-paired with Campy's matching Bora Ultra wheels, Fizik saddles and even the SRM power meter spider.

Movistar's Canyon Speedmax is well-paired with Campy's matching Bora Ultra wheels, Fizik saddles and even the SRM power meter spider.
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Elia Viviani has his mud-shedding Speedplay Pave pedals on his road bike, along with the Stages power meter that Team Sky is using for the second year.

Elia Viviani has his mud-shedding Speedplay Pave pedals on his road bike, along with the Stages power meter that Team Sky is using for the second year.
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It's not Paris-Roubaix yet, but the handmade tubulars from FMB are already in use.

It's not Paris-Roubaix yet, but the handmade tubulars from FMB are already in use.
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Most riders at De Panne elected to use 50mm front wheels paired with a disc.

Most riders at De Panne elected to use 50mm front wheels paired with a disc.
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Wiggo's teammates are also on Pinarello Bolides, but with the stock team graphics.

Wiggo's teammates are also on Pinarello Bolides, but with the stock team graphics.
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The blue, red and gold are immediately apparent, but the subtle rainbow flag extensions symbolizing world titles are a nice touch

The blue, red and gold are immediately apparent, but the subtle rainbow flag extensions symbolizing world titles are a nice touch
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K-Edge provides the computer mount.

K-Edge provides the computer mount.
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No cheap name stickers here.

No cheap name stickers here.
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The rear-entry dropouts on the Bolide are scored for precision and grip.

The rear-entry dropouts on the Bolide are scored for precision and grip.
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Very few riders in the world require such monstrously large gearing.

Very few riders in the world require such monstrously large gearing.
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While many Team Sky riders use Shimano pedals, Wiggins and his teammate Viviani prefer Speedplay.

While many Team Sky riders use Shimano pedals, Wiggins and his teammate Viviani prefer Speedplay.
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Sometimes the simple solutions are the best; electrical tape keeps the valve stem from rattling in the wheel.

Sometimes the simple solutions are the best; electrical tape keeps the valve stem from rattling in the wheel.
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An integrated brake cover provides a clean presentation to the eye and the wind.

An integrated brake cover provides a clean presentation to the eye and the wind.
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The stock Di2 TT shifters are wrapped with griptape for traction when Wiggins is holding onto the tips.

The stock Di2 TT shifters are wrapped with griptape for traction when Wiggins is holding onto the tips.
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The custom bars include Di2 shift buttons on the cowhorns.

The custom bars include Di2 shift buttons on the cowhorns.
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While many riders are following the wider-is-better trend, Wiggins is holding the line with 23mm tubulars.

While many riders are following the wider-is-better trend, Wiggins is holding the line with 23mm tubulars.
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The handmade tubulars of FMB are popular this time of year.

The handmade tubulars of FMB are popular this time of year.
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Many riders and mechanics prefer grip tape to bulkier handlebar tape for TT bars

Many riders and mechanics prefer grip tape to bulkier handlebar tape for TT bars
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Wiggins has a custom bar setup.

Wiggins has a custom bar setup.
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Fizik is supplying Team Sky with traction patches sewn onto the Antares saddles.

Fizik is supplying Team Sky with traction patches sewn onto the Antares saddles.
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When you rack up this many wins, you can have your own paint scheme.

When you rack up this many wins, you can have your own paint scheme.
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Three Days of De Panne finished with a double-stage on the third day: a road stage in the morning and a time trial in the afternoon

Three Days of De Panne finished with a double-stage on the third day: a road stage in the morning and a time trial in the afternoon
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The article first appeared on Bike Radar

A few of the world's best joined a few second-tier teams in a battle against the clock for the final stage of Three Days of De Panne, a Belgian warm-up race ahead of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins stormed to the win aboard a custom-painted Pinarello Bolide.

With gold targets decorating the length of the top tube commemorating world-championship and Olympic wins, Wiggins' white Bolide cruised over a 14.8km course in De Panne, a coastal Belgian town near France.

The bike itself was not new, a Bolide frameset with the custom-fabricated carbon bars replete with custom Di2 buttons, Shimano Dura-Ace gear (with 56/44 chainrings) and PRO wheels, Stages power meter and an Antares saddle with a grip patch Fizik has stitched onto the nose for Team Sky riders.

A few days after the phenomenally windy Gent-Wevelgem that blew bikes and riders off the road, the De Panne time trial was still affected by gusts. But riders didn't alter their wheels choice much if at all.

Veteran BMC team mechanic Ian Sherburne said in all his years of working for pro teams, he's never seen a rider choose to go with a road bike instead of a time trial bike — no matter how windy it is. "Wheel choice will vary by rider — it's scaled by the size of the guy and their personal preference in relation to the wind and course — but I've never seen it so windy that a rider would ask for a road bike."

Most riders used a rear disc and a front wheel in the 50mm depth.

For a detailed look at the time trial bikes and gear of teams from Team Sky to 3M, look through the gallery above.