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Massive Tour de Romandie prologue tech gallery

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Zipp 808 front wheels all round at Katusha-Alpecin

Zipp 808 front wheels all round at Katusha-Alpecin (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A Lotto-JumboNL mechanic works on a Bianchi Aquila ahead of the start

A Lotto-JumboNL mechanic works on a Bianchi Aquila ahead of the start (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The warm up was a busy one for Lotto-JumboNL

The warm up was a busy one for Lotto-JumboNL (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Meiyin Wang (Bahrain-Merida) gets ready for the prologue

Meiyin Wang (Bahrain-Merida) gets ready for the prologue (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A look at the unique dishing of the HED Stinger rear wheel

A look at the unique dishing of the HED Stinger rear wheel (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Pinarello Dogma F10 concave downtube was originally seen on the Bolide timetrial model (right)

The Pinarello Dogma F10 concave downtube was originally seen on the Bolide timetrial model (right) (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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It's hard to miss UAE Team Emirates' team bikes

It's hard to miss UAE Team Emirates' team bikes (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Abus are currently trialling a new TT helmet with the Movistar team

Abus are currently trialling a new TT helmet with the Movistar team (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The helmet is expected to be released in the coming months but was first seen at the Tirreno-Adriatico earlier in the year

The helmet is expected to be released in the coming months but was first seen at the Tirreno-Adriatico earlier in the year (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The rear brake is neatly tucked away

The rear brake is neatly tucked away (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The HED Stinger wheels were paired with 26mm Specialized tubular tyres

The HED Stinger wheels were paired with 26mm Specialized tubular tyres (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Bora-hansgrohe team had de-stickered HED Stinger rear wheels for the prologue

The Bora-hansgrohe team had de-stickered HED Stinger rear wheels for the prologue (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Team Sunweb's Giant road and timetrial bikes are equipped with Fouriers integrated brake systems

Team Sunweb's Giant road and timetrial bikes are equipped with Fouriers integrated brake systems (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Primoz Roglic was an early starter and lead the prologue for a short while

Primoz Roglic was an early starter and lead the prologue for a short while (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck's Vision cockpit

Jurgen Van Den Broeck's Vision cockpit (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Bianchi Aquila's finishing kit is made in conjunction with Vision components

The Bianchi Aquila's finishing kit is made in conjunction with Vision components (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Silicone rubber instead of handlebar tape on the bar extensions for Lotto-JumboNL

Silicone rubber instead of handlebar tape on the bar extensions for Lotto-JumboNL (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Primoz Roglic rode a custom 58T Shimano outer chainring

Primoz Roglic rode a custom 58T Shimano outer chainring (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Warren Barguil opted to have his saddle set as far forward as the limits would allow

Warren Barguil opted to have his saddle set as far forward as the limits would allow (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Barguil also had plenty of spacers up front

Barguil also had plenty of spacers up front (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The rear profile of the Giant Trinity TT bike

The rear profile of the Giant Trinity TT bike (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Abus helmet has an integrated visor, which is kept in place with magnetic clips

The Abus helmet has an integrated visor, which is kept in place with magnetic clips (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The front brake is also tucked in for an aero advantage

The front brake is also tucked in for an aero advantage (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The gold KMC chain and CeramicSpeed jockey wheels always catch the eye on Team Dimension Data's bikes

The gold KMC chain and CeramicSpeed jockey wheels always catch the eye on Team Dimension Data's bikes (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Integration everywhere on the Lapierre Aerostorm

Integration everywhere on the Lapierre Aerostorm (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Several Orica-Scott bikes were equipped with Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels

Several Orica-Scott bikes were equipped with Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Older Shimano Dura-Ace cranksets on show, likely due to the flat course demanding scarce 55T outer chainrings

Older Shimano Dura-Ace cranksets on show, likely due to the flat course demanding scarce 55T outer chainrings (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Orica-Scott's Scott Plasmas lined up ahead of the prologue start

Orica-Scott's Scott Plasmas lined up ahead of the prologue start (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Lightweight Autobahn wheels were de-stickered

The Lightweight Autobahn wheels were de-stickered (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Sometimes a hammer is the best tool for the job

Sometimes a hammer is the best tool for the job (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Prologue winner Fabio Felline was also riding a Lightweight Autobahn rear wheel, the only Trek-Segafredo rider to do so

Prologue winner Fabio Felline was also riding a Lightweight Autobahn rear wheel, the only Trek-Segafredo rider to do so (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Team Dimension Data had a mix of HED Stinger and Jet wheels

Team Dimension Data had a mix of HED Stinger and Jet wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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This is the first time we have seen the disc brake version of the new Mavic Comete SL wheels

This is the first time we have seen the disc brake version of the new Mavic Comete SL wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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There was only one Cervelo P5 on show in the 2017 Dimension Data colourway

There was only one Cervelo P5 on show in the 2017 Dimension Data colourway (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Traction tape ensures a grippy cockpit up front

Traction tape ensures a grippy cockpit up front (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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No issues with the radio ear piece fitting in the new helmet

No issues with the radio ear piece fitting in the new helmet (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Bahrain-Merida's bikes were equipped with a combination of Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 cranksets and Dura-Ace 9000 with SRM powermeter cranks

Bahrain-Merida's bikes were equipped with a combination of Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 cranksets and Dura-Ace 9000 with SRM powermeter cranks (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Simon Clarke of Cannondale-Drapac raced the prologue on a disc brake equipped Cannondale

Simon Clarke of Cannondale-Drapac raced the prologue on a disc brake equipped Cannondale (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Dimension Data were equipped with a combination of ENVE and HED wheels

Dimension Data were equipped with a combination of ENVE and HED wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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ENVE also supplied Dimension Data's cockpits

ENVE also supplied Dimension Data's cockpits (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Another look at Cannondale-Drapac's disc brake bike for the prologue

Another look at Cannondale-Drapac's disc brake bike for the prologue (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Astana's Argon18 E117s were equipped with Corima 3 spoke front wheels and C+ disc rear wheels

Astana's Argon18 E117s were equipped with Corima 3 spoke front wheels and C+ disc rear wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Pierre Latour had his saddle set back as far as the limits allow

Pierre Latour had his saddle set back as far as the limits allow (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Integrated brakes for improved aerodynamics are now the norm on TT bikes and the Ridley Dean is no different

Integrated brakes for improved aerodynamics are now the norm on TT bikes and the Ridley Dean is no different (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The usual 25mm or 26mm tyres were used throughout

The usual 25mm or 26mm tyres were used throughout (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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There wasn't much clearance aroound the rear end of the bikes

There wasn't much clearance aroound the rear end of the bikes (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Quick-Step rode Specialized's timetrial bike, the Shiv

Quick-Step rode Specialized's timetrial bike, the Shiv (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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BMC are at the Tour de Romandie with both Richie Porte nd Tejay Van Garderen as overall contenders

BMC are at the Tour de Romandie with both Richie Porte nd Tejay Van Garderen as overall contenders (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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There were a handful of the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 wheels on show

There were a handful of the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 wheels on show (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A closer look at the BMC Timemachine seat cluster

A closer look at the BMC Timemachine seat cluster (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The BMC Timemachine features an integrated steerer and cockpit

The BMC Timemachine features an integrated steerer and cockpit (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Andrey Amador had his cockpit setup about as low as the Canyon Speedmax allows

Andrey Amador had his cockpit setup about as low as the Canyon Speedmax allows (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Wanty-Groupe Gobert bikes lined up ahead of the start

The Wanty-Groupe Gobert bikes lined up ahead of the start (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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SRAM Blip buttons on the end of the handlebar extensions for gear changing

SRAM Blip buttons on the end of the handlebar extensions for gear changing (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Each team had trainers set up for warm ups

Each team had trainers set up for warm ups (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Most cockpits are completely customisable and a vast array of setups were on show

Most cockpits are completely customisable and a vast array of setups were on show (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Moreno Hofland (rear) opted for a slammed cockpit setup, whilst Maxime Monfort chose extensions with a much higher angle

Moreno Hofland (rear) opted for a slammed cockpit setup, whilst Maxime Monfort chose extensions with a much higher angle (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The mechanics were working on the bikes four hours before the first rider set off

The mechanics were working on the bikes four hours before the first rider set off (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A mix of Campagnolo and de-stickered HED wheels for Lotto-Soudal

A mix of Campagnolo and de-stickered HED wheels for Lotto-Soudal (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Katusha-Alpecin Canyon Speedmax SLX were on show

The Katusha-Alpecin Canyon Speedmax SLX were on show (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Ilnur Zakarin is not shy of a few spacers

Ilnur Zakarin is not shy of a few spacers (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Canyon Speedmax has a triple-triangle design

The Canyon Speedmax has a triple-triangle design (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Amador's handlebar extensions were fitted below the handlebars

Amador's handlebar extensions were fitted below the handlebars (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The integrated front brakes are accessed by taking the front plate off of the forks

The integrated front brakes are accessed by taking the front plate off of the forks (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Slick has wide seatstays to encourage airflow through as well as around the bike frame

The Slick has wide seatstays to encourage airflow through as well as around the bike frame (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A look at the rear end of the Factor Slick

A look at the rear end of the Factor Slick (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The new Mavic Comete Pro SL wheels were first seen at Scheldeprijs a few weeks ago

The new Mavic Comete Pro SL wheels were first seen at Scheldeprijs a few weeks ago (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A few teams rode bikes from the past couple of seasons

A few teams rode bikes from the past couple of seasons (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A closer look at the Scott Plasma seat cluster

A closer look at the Scott Plasma seat cluster (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Michael Albasini rides for Orica-Scott, previously Orica-GreenEdge

Michael Albasini rides for Orica-Scott, previously Orica-GreenEdge (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Orica-Scott neatly adapted their saddles to support the Di2 junction box and battery

Orica-Scott neatly adapted their saddles to support the Di2 junction box and battery (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Team Dimension-Date partner with the Qhubeka charity, who provide Buffalo bikes to developing areas around the world

Team Dimension-Date partner with the Qhubeka charity, who provide Buffalo bikes to developing areas around the world (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Factor Slick has split downtube for improved airflow

The Factor Slick has split downtube for improved airflow (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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AG2R La Mondiale's road and TT bikes are equipped with CeramicSpeed bottom brackets

AG2R La Mondiale's road and TT bikes are equipped with CeramicSpeed bottom brackets (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Di2 junction box is cable-tied to the top of the steerer

The Di2 junction box is cable-tied to the top of the steerer (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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More tight clearances on the rear end for Movistar

More tight clearances on the rear end for Movistar (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Alex Dowsett's cockpit setup

Alex Dowsett's cockpit setup (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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A look at the front profile of Alex Dowsett's Canyon Speedmax SLX

A look at the front profile of Alex Dowsett's Canyon Speedmax SLX (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Dowsett finished second in the prologue

Dowsett finished second in the prologue (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Alex Dowsett rode massive 56/44 chainrings

Alex Dowsett rode massive 56/44 chainrings (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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AG2R La Mondiale were equipped with Mavic Comete wheels

AG2R La Mondiale were equipped with Mavic Comete wheels (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The Factor Slick cockpit is produced in conjunction with American brand 51 Speedshop

The Factor Slick cockpit is produced in conjunction with American brand 51 Speedshop (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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The alloy extensions are paired with Factor's carbon handlebars

The alloy extensions are paired with Factor's carbon handlebars (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Most teams had a mix of wheelsets on show

Most teams had a mix of wheelsets on show (Image credit: Josh Evans / Immediate Media)
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Peter Kennaugh took a relaxed approach to the prlogue

Peter Kennaugh took a relaxed approach to the prlogue (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

As 152 riders started the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, a prologue time trial resulted in a showcase of wind-cheating tech on show from all of the participants.

Despite a glorious spring morning, the mountain weather soon came in, bringing with it rain a single-digit temperatures. Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky certainly wasn't in the mood to catch a cold and raced the 4.8km course in leg warmers and on a regular road bike, albeit with a full carbon disc rear wheel.

The majority of the other riders took the WorldTour event more seriously, however, opting for full time trial frames, skinsuits, aero helmets and a variety of unique setups. The relatively flat course saw a trend of larger-than-normal chainrings, the largest spotted being a 58-tooth outer. 

Not all teams' component sponsors produce full disc rear wheels, and with this there was an array of unique wheel choices in the peloton, including options from HED and Lightweight, despite wheel options being available from their gear and brake suppliers Shimano.

The newly announced Mavic Comete Pro SL were showcased on the AG2R La Mondiale and Cannondale-Drapac bikes, with Simon Clarke of Cannondale-Drapac opting for the disc brake versions.

The peloton standard of 25mm tyre widths was largely unchanged for the prologue, so rear wheel clearances on some frame models was exceptionally tight.

A variety of cockpit adaptations, component choice and general bike setups were on display at the stage race opener in Aigle, click or swipe through the gallery above for more.