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Michael Valgren's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winning Argon 18 Gallium Pro

Michael Valgren's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winning Argon 18 Gallium Pro
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Lukasz Wisniowski of Team Sky raced his Pinarello Dogma K10 to second place

Lukasz Wisniowski of Team Sky raced his Pinarello Dogma K10 to second place
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A closer look at Valgren's front hub

A closer look at Valgren's front hub
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FSA provide Astana with the majority of the finishing kit, including the Energy handlebars

FSA provide Astana with the majority of the finishing kit, including the Energy handlebars
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Sep Vanmarcke is the EF-Drapac team leader for the Classics campaign

Sep Vanmarcke is the EF-Drapac team leader for the Classics campaign
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Cannondale's SISL crankset is combined with Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 components to complete the drivetrain

Cannondale's SISL crankset is combined with Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 components to complete the drivetrain
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Vanmarcke opted for 53/38 chainrings

Vanmarcke opted for 53/38 chainrings
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The Cannondale SISL crankset is equipped with a SRM power meter

The Cannondale SISL crankset is equipped with a SRM power meter
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Vanmarcke ran an 11-28 Shimano Dura-Ace cassette

Vanmarcke ran an 11-28 Shimano Dura-Ace cassette
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The bikes took some abuse even in the bone dry conditions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The bikes took some abuse even in the bone dry conditions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Key course details were taped to Vanmarcke's stem

Key course details were taped to Vanmarcke's stem
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Vanmarcke and Valgren ran the same FSA Energy alloy handlebars

Vanmarcke and Valgren ran the same FSA Energy alloy handlebars
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Wheel decals double up to prevent the tyre valves rattling in the rim over the cobbles

Wheel decals double up to prevent the tyre valves rattling in the rim over the cobbles
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Sep Vanmarcke's Cannondale SuperSix Evo

Sep Vanmarcke's Cannondale SuperSix Evo
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The handmade FMB tyres have the label marker penned out to prevent any sponsorship issues

The handmade FMB tyres have the label marker penned out to prevent any sponsorship issues
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Classic, custom made, tan wall tyres for the Dane

Classic, custom made, tan wall tyres for the Dane
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Wisniowski's Dogma K10 ran a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset and wheels

Wisniowski's Dogma K10 ran a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset and wheels
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All of Team Sky's riders were aboard the Pinarello Dogma K10s for the opening cobbled race of the season

All of Team Sky's riders were aboard the Pinarello Dogma K10s for the opening cobbled race of the season
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Wisniowski opted for 25mm Continental Competition RBX tyres

Wisniowski opted for 25mm Continental Competition RBX tyres
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Valgren opted for 53/39 chainrings

Valgren opted for 53/39 chainrings
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Who says you can't win a WorldTour race with (at least some) Shimano Ultegra components?

Who says you can't win a WorldTour race with (at least some) Shimano Ultegra components?
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Astana use Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals

Astana use Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals
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The Gallium Pro has a simple and clean design

The Gallium Pro has a simple and clean design
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Valgren combines a 25mm set back seat post with his saddle also set back at the maximum limits

Valgren combines a 25mm set back seat post with his saddle also set back at the maximum limits
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Valgren raced on Prologo's 2018 Dimension Nack saddle

Valgren raced on Prologo's 2018 Dimension Nack saddle
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Shimano Dura-Ace components provide the shifting and stopping power for the Dane

Shimano Dura-Ace components provide the shifting and stopping power for the Dane
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Valgren's Gallium Pro was paired with Corima 32 WS carbon wheels

Valgren's Gallium Pro was paired with Corima 32 WS carbon wheels
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Vanmarcke opted for 28mm Vittoria Corsa Control tubular tyres

Vanmarcke opted for 28mm Vittoria Corsa Control tubular tyres
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For many, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad marks the beginning of the European season and with over 12 kilometres of Kassien or Pavé the race is also the first cobbled Classic of the year. With nowhere to hide, the bikes as well as the riders need to arrive well prepared for the first cobbled test of the 2018 season.

Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team) attacked in the closing kilometres of the 196km test to take the Dane’s biggest victory to date. Riding aboard an Argon 18 Gallium Pro, Valgren was equipped with a mix of Shimano and FSA components, while Corima provides the Kazakh teams with wheels.

Usually racing on Schwalbe tyres, the majority of the Astana team swapped in the legendary, handmade FMB Paris-Roubaix tyres, with Valgren opting for 25mm tubulars for the cobbles of Flanders.

More surprisingly, however, was that Valgren won the WorldTour race using a Shimano Ultegra cassette, showcasing that perhaps the most expensive components aren’t always the most necessary.

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) put in a flurry of attacks throughout the race, eventually settling for third place. Racing on a Cannondale SuperSix Evo, Vanmarcke and Valgren opted to race on all-round race bikes that are as at home in the Alps as on the cobbles, as opposed to a potentially comfier and less fatiguing endurance frame model.

While Valgren chose FMB tubulars, Vanmarcke switched from his regular 25mm Vittoria Corsa tubulars for 28mm Vittoria Corsa Control tubulars, which feature a file tread pattern.

Along with his Team Sky teammates, second place finisher Łukasz Wiśniowski raced the Classics opener aboard the cobble specific Pinarello Dogma K10.

The Pinarello Dogma K10 retains many of the design features of sister model, the Pinarello Dogma F10, but with a taller head tube, larger tyre clearances and a slacker geometry.

Like Valgren, Wisniowski stuck with the regularly sized 25mm tubulars but selected the more robust Continental Competition RBX model as opposed to the Competition Competition ALX tubulars that Team Sky run in traditional road races.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the trio’s bikes.

Michael Valgren

Frame: Argon 18 Gallium Pro
Fork: Argon 18 Gallium Pro

Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Rear brake: 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 Ultegra, 11-28
Crankset: FSA Powerbox, 53/39
Wheels: Corima 32 WS
Tyres: FMB Paris-Roubaix, 25mm
Handlebars: FSA Energy alloy
Stem: FSA K-Force Light
Tape/grips: Prologo
Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon
Saddle: Prologo Dimension Nack
Seat post: FSA K-Force Light
Bottle cages: Tacx Deva

Lukasz Wisniowski

Frame: Pinarello Dogma K10
Fork: Pinarello Onda F10

Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Rear brake: 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, 11-30
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Stages power meter, 53/39
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C24
Tyres: Continental Competition RBX, 25mm tubular
Handlebars: MOST
Stem: MOST
Tape/grips: MOST
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Seat post: Pinarello Dogma K10
Bottle cages: Elite Ciussi
Computer: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

Sep Vanmarcke

Frame: Cannondale SuperSix Evo HiMod
Fork: Cannondale SuperSix EVO, SAVE, BallisTec Hi-MOD full Carbon

Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Rear brake: 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
Crankset: Cannondale SISL with SRM power meter, 53/38
Wheels: Vision Metron 40
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa Control, 28mm tubular
Handlebar: FSA Energy alloy
Stem: FSA OS-99
Tape/grips: Prologo
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Prologo Nago
Seat post: FSA K-Force Light
Bottle cages: Tacx Deva