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Power meters and computers at the Tour de France: Who's using what?

WorldTour Cycling Computers
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"Professional cycling has become a game of numbers, with riders paying such close attention to their power numbers and heart rates that they become obsessed."

Those are the words of Vini Zabù-KTM manager Luca Scinto, who banned his team from racing with power meters and heart rate data in January of this year. 

Power meters have long been a source of contention in the WorldTour peloton. The conversation has rumbled on in the background of professional racing for many years and has involved names such as Alberto Contador, who suggested the removal of the technology would "even things out" after the Team Sky train tactic was everpresent in the high mountains. Current Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, who went so far as to state that power meters "annihilate the glorious uncertainty of sport."

All that aside, power meters are still very much a part of the pro peloton, and yet, the 2019 Tour de France was widely considered as one of the most exciting of all time. The 2020 Tour has seen the return of the 'train' tactic, with Ineos Grenadiers being beaten at their own game by Jumbo Visma, but the race is still as explosive as ever, and power meters are benefitting more than just the riders on the road. Thanks to riders sharing their data on Strava, we can marvel at the massive numbers just like we did with Pogacar's power on the Peyresourde

Over recent years, power meters have improved drastically. Paired with cycling computers, power data is available instantaneously, allowing riders to see their effort in real-time and calculate their race accordingly to ensure they don't go too deep too early. 

Cycling computers can do considerably more than just capture this data, too. The best options can do everything from GPS maps to show the road ahead on a fast descent, provide overviews of upcoming climbs to help riders see how much further to the top, and display kilojoules expended to help a rider fuel accordingly. They say knowledge is power, and it's a safe assumption that there would be a considerable advantage to a team with a better cycling computer. 

We've already done the Tour de France helmets and Tour de France shoes, so without further ado, let's take a deep dive into which team is using which power meter, who has which cycling computer, and most importantly, where can you buy one so that you too can be as fast as Primoz Roglic… wait, no that's not how it works, sorry. 

Cycling computers

Garmin Edge 530 Review

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 Garmin 

  • Used by: Astana Pro Team, Bahrain-McLaren, CCC Team, EF Pro Cycling, Groupama-FDJ, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar Team, NTT Pro Cycling, Ineos Grenadiers, Team Jumbo-Visma, Trek-Segafredo, Total Direct Energie

Wahoo Elemnt Roam

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 Wahoo 

  • Used by: AG2R La Mondiale, BORA-Hansgrohe, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Team Arkéa Samsic

Tour de France tech

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 SRM 

  • Used by: Cofidis-Solutions Crédits, Lotto-Soudal

Tour de France tech

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Bryton

  • Used by: Israel Start-Up Nation, B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM

Tour de France tech

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Stages

  • Used by: UAE-Team Emirates

Tour de France tech

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Sigma

  • Used by: Team Sunweb

Power meters

Tour de France tech

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Shimano

  • Used by: Astana Pro Team, Bahrain - McLaren, BORA-Hansgrohe, CCC Team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Groupama-FDJ, Mitchelton-Scott, NTT Pro Cycling, Ineos Grenadiers, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb, Total Direct Energie, Team Arkéa Samsic

Tour de France tech

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SRM

  • Used by: Cofidis-Solutions Crédits, Lotto-Soudal

Tour de France tech

(Image credit: Colin Levitch)

Quarq

  • Used by: Movistar Team, Trek-Segafredo

Tour de France tech

(Image credit: Colin Levitch)

Stages

  • Used by: UAE-Team Emirates

Tour de France tech

(Image credit: Colin Levitch)

Rotor

  • Used by: AG2R La Mondiale

Tour de France tech

(Image credit: Colin Levitch)

Power2Max

  • Used by: EF Pro Cycling, B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM

Tour de France tech

(Image credit: Colin Levitch)

4iiii

  • Used by: Israel Start-Up Nation

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Josh Croxton

Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.