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Mickael Cherel's Factor O2 – Gallery

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Mickael Cherel's 2018 Factor O2

Mickael Cherel's 2018 Factor O2
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Cherel opts for a Fizik Antares saddle

Cherel opts for a Fizik Antares saddle
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Name stickers on the top tube feature the famous colours of the French WorldTour team

Name stickers on the top tube feature the famous colours of the French WorldTour team
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A neat number plate mount from K-Edge sits on the rear brake mount

A neat number plate mount from K-Edge sits on the rear brake mount
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Colour-coordinated Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages for the team

Colour-coordinated Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages for the team
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The French component trend continues with Mavic's Cosmic Ultimate carbon wheels

The French component trend continues with Mavic's Cosmic Ultimate carbon wheels
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A look at the Black Inc carbon seat post

A look at the Black Inc carbon seat post
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Black Inc opt for subtle decals on all of their components

Black Inc opt for subtle decals on all of their components
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Cherel rides a size 56 frameset

Cherel rides a size 56 frameset
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Cherel's view of the cockpit

Cherel's view of the cockpit
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Black Inc also provide the team with subtle, black handlebar tape

Black Inc also provide the team with subtle, black handlebar tape
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The Black Inc cockpit is paired with Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers

The Black Inc cockpit is paired with Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers
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AG2R La Mondiale choose to modify their Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleurs to integrate CeramicSpeed's OSPW system

AG2R La Mondiale choose to modify their Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleurs to integrate CeramicSpeed's OSPW system
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CeramicSpeed's OSPW system claims to reduce friction, improve power transfer and have greater longevity than standard products

CeramicSpeed's OSPW system claims to reduce friction, improve power transfer and have greater longevity than standard products
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AG2R are the final WorldTour team to still be using Dura-Ace 9000 series components

AG2R are the final WorldTour team to still be using Dura-Ace 9000 series components
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The French WorldTour team use the popular Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres

The French WorldTour team use the popular Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres
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Cherel runs a Dura-Ace 11-28 cassette

Cherel runs a Dura-Ace 11-28 cassette
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French pedals for the French team

French pedals for the French team
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Black Inc work closely with Factor to produce finishing kit including seat posts, handlebars and stems

Black Inc work closely with Factor to produce finishing kit including seat posts, handlebars and stems
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As well as the OSPW derailleur system, CeramicSpeed provide the headset and bottom bracket bearings for the team

As well as the OSPW derailleur system, CeramicSpeed provide the headset and bottom bracket bearings for the team
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A look at the Black Inc cockpit

A look at the Black Inc cockpit
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The Factor O2's seat post clamp system sits on the inside of the frame triangle

The Factor O2's seat post clamp system sits on the inside of the frame triangle
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 Loyal AG2R La Mondiale domestique Mickaël Chérel began his eighth season with the French WorldTour squad at this month's Tour Down Under.

Despite being a size 56 frame, Chérel's Factor O2 weighs just 6.81kg – a mere 100g above the UCI weight limit – and is the same build that Romain Bardet rode to third place at last year's Tour de France.

The lightweight machine is paired with finishing kit from Black Inc, including handlebars, stem, bar tape and seat post.

Wheels from Mavic and pedals from Look give the French team's bike a taste of their home country, while Continental and Fizik provide the tyres and saddle respectively.

Along with Bahrain-Merida, AG2R La Mondiale are equipped with cranksets from power meter specialists SRM.

AG2R's SRM Origin crankset is the only component remaining in the WorldTour peloton that is still utilising Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series components in the form of chainrings. Bahrain-Merida have paired their cranksets with the updated Dura-Ace R9100 series chainrings.

The rest of the build does come in the form of Shimano's latest Dura-Ace R9100 series groupset however, and a neat number plate holder from K-Edge completes Chérel's build.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the Frenchman's machine.

Frame: Factor O2 RGi Carbon, size 56
Fork: Factor O2 RGi Carbon Svelte

Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
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: SRM Origin 9000, 172.5mm cranks, 53/39
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Ultimate
Tyres: Continental Competition ALX, 25mm tubular
Handlebars: Black Inc Handlebar, 400mm
Stem: Black Inc Stem, 130mm
Headset: CeramicSpeed
Tape/grips: Black Inc
Pedals: Look Keo Carbon Blade
Saddl: Fizik Antares
Seat post: Black Inc
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus
Computer: SRM PC-8 (not photographed)
Other accessories: K-Edge number plate mount

Critical measurements

Rider’s height: 1.85m
Saddle height from BB (c-t): 795mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 525mm
Tip of saddle nose to handlebars: 595mm
Top tube length: 565mm
Head tube length: 154mm

Total bicycle weight: 6.81kg