This article originally appeared on Bikeradar.
And so far the British team is enjoying success by every measure in the weather-beaten race. With a dominating performance in the stage 3 time trial, Wiggins holds a commanding lead with three stages left to run – including today's summit finish at Haytor in Devon – and 26-year-old Stannard lies second, 37 seconds behind his leader.
Given today's tough finale – the first summit finish in the modern race's ten-year history – Stannard, a heavy rouleur more at home on the flatlands than the hills, will likely fall back, prioritising work for Wiggins over personal standing.
Standing well over six foot, Stannard rides a relatively small 56cm Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 frame. He compensates with fairly long stem and a saddle set-back nudging on towards 9cm.
The bike, in Sky's characteristic way, is the epitome of team issue consistency - it's a luxury of being one of the most well-supplied squads in the peloton. The standout deviation is Stannard's pedal preference – the discontinued Dura-Ace 7810s.
Click on the gallery for a closer look at Stannard's bike.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 (56cm)
Fork: Pinarello Onda
Headset: Pinarello 1"1/8 to 1" 1/2 integral system
Stem: Pro Vibe 141mm (c-t-c)
Handlebars: Pro, with classic drop (42cm c-t-c)
Tape: Pro Smart Silicon
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace ST-9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Aca CS-9000 (11-28)
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: SRM Powermeter Shimano 11-speed (53-39)
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace BB-9000
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD7810
Wheelset: Shimano C50 tubular
Front tire: Veloflex Carbon 23mm
Rear tire: Veloflex Carbon 23mm
Saddle: fi'zi:k Antares VS carbon braided
Seat post: Pinarello Dogma 65.1
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race
Computer: SRM PowerControl7 (not shownn)
Rider's height: 1.89m (6'2")
Rider's weight: 83kg (182lb)
Saddle height from BB (c-t): 821mm
Saddle setback: 87mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 575mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 560mm
Tip of saddle (nose to c of bar): 623mm
Head tube length: 165mm
Top tube length: 565mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.20kg (15.9lb) w/o computer
Sam started as a trainee reporter on daily newspapers in the UK before moving to South Africa where he contributed to national cycling magazine Ride for three years. After moving back to the UK he joined Procycling as a staff writer in November 2010.
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