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Mads Pedersen's Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited for the 2018 Tour of Flanders

Mads Pedersen's Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited for the 2018 Tour of Flanders
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The front profile of the aero-specific bike is designed to cut through the air

The front profile of the aero-specific bike is designed to cut through the air
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The Trek Madone features an integrated aero flap for the front brake that reduces wind resistance and still allows movement via a springed hinge

The Trek Madone features an integrated aero flap for the front brake that reduces wind resistance and still allows movement via a springed hinge
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Pedersen's hard fought second place is the most notable result of his young career

Pedersen's hard fought second place is the most notable result of his young career
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A closer look at the hubs of the new wheels

A closer look at the hubs of the new wheels
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Bontrager and Trek launched the new Aeolus XXX wheel range ahead of the Tour of Flanders

Bontrager and Trek launched the new Aeolus XXX wheel range ahead of the Tour of Flanders
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Pedersen's bidons were still in the cages from the finale of the race

Pedersen's bidons were still in the cages from the finale of the race
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Here you can see how the outer tread of the Vittoria tyres are in a file pattern to help grip on the cobbles

Here you can see how the outer tread of the Vittoria tyres are in a file pattern to help grip on the cobbles
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A look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shift/brake levers

A look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shift/brake levers
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Pedersen used a Garmin Edge 520 computer

Pedersen used a Garmin Edge 520 computer
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The team printed the race course details on the stem of the cockpit setup listing each section of kasseien and hellingen

The team printed the race course details on the stem of the cockpit setup listing each section of kasseien and hellingen
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Pedersen opted for the integrated aero/stem cockpit system from Bontrager for the race

Pedersen opted for the integrated aero/stem cockpit system from Bontrager for the race
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The team's title sponsor decals adorn the head of the top tube

The team's title sponsor decals adorn the head of the top tube
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The red frameset with white decals was complimented by the Danish flag of Pedersen

The red frameset with white decals was complimented by the Danish flag of Pedersen
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The Madone comes with Trek's proprietary braking system

The Madone comes with Trek's proprietary braking system
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The brand new Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 wheels were paired with Vittoria Corsa Control tubular tyres

The brand new Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 wheels were paired with Vittoria Corsa Control tubular tyres
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After over 260 kilometres of racing the drivetrain was suitably dirty

After over 260 kilometres of racing the drivetrain was suitably dirty
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The bike is equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 drivetrain, including the Shimano R9100-P power meter

The bike is equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 drivetrain, including the Shimano R9100-P power meter
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A look at the rear end and rear brake of Pedersen's Madone

A look at the rear end and rear brake of Pedersen's Madone
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This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Niki Terpstra’s solo victory at the 2018 Tour of Flanders may have made the headlines, but 22-year-old Dane Mads Pedersen’s second place was as impressive and perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the 102nd edition of the race.

The run into the race finish in Oudenaarde begins at the top of the Paterberg and consists of long, exposed stretches of road. Pedersen’s gap to Terpstra stuck at around 30 seconds in this finale, but with only 15 seconds on the chasing group — including Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet — Pedersen being caught initially seemed inevitable.

Racing aboard the aero-specific Trek Madone, Pedersen would have been grateful of his bike choice in the final run-in, using an integrated aero cockpit, deep carbon wheels and the frameset itself for maximum aerodynamic efficiency when it was needed most.

Despite plenty of climbing along the 265-kilometre race, Pedersen opted for a slightly larger than normal 54/42 chainring combination to pair with the more standard 11-28 Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 cassette.

Shimano provides the Trek-Segafredo team with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 electronic groupsets and for 2018, the team switches from SRM power meters to Shimano’s R9100-P power meters.

Bontrager and Trek launched the new range of Bontrager Aeolus XXX carbon wheels ahead of the race and Pedersen ran the deepest Aeolus XXX 6 options. The wheels were paired with Vittoria Corsa Control cobble-specific tubular tyres.

Full Specification

  • Frame: Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited
  • Fork: Trek Madone KVF full carbon
  • Front brake: Trek Madone aero, integrated
  • Rear brake: Trek Madone aero, integrated
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P, 54/42
  • Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa Control
  • Handlebars: Trek Madone OCLV Carbon bar/stem combination, 420mm wide
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Bottle cages: Bontrager Bat Cage
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 520