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Race tech: Bikes of the USA Pro Challenge

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Most of Omega Pharma-QuickStep is on Specialized's S-Works Tarmac SL4 but Matt Brammeier took off from Breckenridge aboard an aero Venge instead.

Most of Omega Pharma-QuickStep is on Specialized's S-Works Tarmac SL4 but Matt Brammeier took off from Breckenridge aboard an aero Venge instead.
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Optum Pro Cycling rider Michael Creed recently embarked on a campaign to raise money to aid people affected by the recent wildfires in Colorado Springs.

Optum Pro Cycling rider Michael Creed recently embarked on a campaign to raise money to aid people affected by the recent wildfires in Colorado Springs.
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This saddle from Boulder-based Dash Cycles may look funny but it's freakishly light and apparently comfortable enough for Michael Creed (Optum Pro Cycling) to race on all day.

This saddle from Boulder-based Dash Cycles may look funny but it's freakishly light and apparently comfortable enough for Michael Creed (Optum Pro Cycling) to race on all day.
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Tom Zirbel is back in the saddle with Optum Pro Cycling and this Orbea Orca.

Tom Zirbel is back in the saddle with Optum Pro Cycling and this Orbea Orca.
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Optum Pro Cycling is racing aboard HED carbon wheels.

Optum Pro Cycling is racing aboard HED carbon wheels.
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Belgium-based RadioShack-Nissan-Trek resorted to borrowed vehicles for the USA Pro Challenge.

Belgium-based RadioShack-Nissan-Trek resorted to borrowed vehicles for the USA Pro Challenge.
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While most of the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team is using Trek's new Madone 7-Series, Chris Horner took off from Breckenridge aboard a Domane instead.

While most of the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team is using Trek's new Madone 7-Series, Chris Horner took off from Breckenridge aboard a Domane instead.
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The handlebar setup of pro cycling legend Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek).

The handlebar setup of pro cycling legend Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek).
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RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team bikes were fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount brakes at the Tour de France but Bontrager calipers were installed for the USA Pro Challenge.

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team bikes were fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount brakes at the Tour de France but Bontrager calipers were installed for the USA Pro Challenge.
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A Shimano Dura-Ace/SRM crank and Speedplay Zero pedals for Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) at the USA Pro Challenge.

A Shimano Dura-Ace/SRM crank and Speedplay Zero pedals for Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) at the USA Pro Challenge.
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HED also provides cockpit components for Optum Pro Cycling.

HED also provides cockpit components for Optum Pro Cycling.
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Key points on the day's route are marked to the top tube of Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.

Key points on the day's route are marked to the top tube of Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.
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New Specialized tubular tires mounted to Zipp carbon rims on Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.

New Specialized tubular tires mounted to Zipp carbon rims on Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep trainee Jeroen Hoorne is racing the USA Pro Challenge aboard a Specialized Tarmac SL3 Pro.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep trainee Jeroen Hoorne is racing the USA Pro Challenge aboard a Specialized Tarmac SL3 Pro.
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Check out the clever number plate holder on the Specialized Tarmac SL3 Pro of Omega Pharma-QuickStep trainee Jeroen Hoorne.

Check out the clever number plate holder on the Specialized Tarmac SL3 Pro of Omega Pharma-QuickStep trainee Jeroen Hoorne.
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Jeroen Hoorne (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) stagaire may not win the hearts of the 'SLAMTHATSTEM' crowd but if it works, it works.

Jeroen Hoorne (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) stagaire may not win the hearts of the 'SLAMTHATSTEM' crowd but if it works, it works.
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Check out the wear pattern on Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) SRAM Red brakes.

Check out the wear pattern on Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) SRAM Red brakes.
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Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) lightweight drivetrain includes Specialized's FACT carbon crankarms, a Quarq power measuring spider, a SRAM PG-1070 cassette, and derailleurs and chain from SRAM's new Red group.

Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) lightweight drivetrain includes Specialized's FACT carbon crankarms, a Quarq power measuring spider, a SRAM PG-1070 cassette, and derailleurs and chain from SRAM's new Red group.
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The integrated chain catcher on the new SRAM Red front derailleur, as mounted to Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.

The integrated chain catcher on the new SRAM Red front derailleur, as mounted to Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.
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Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.

Levi Leipheimer's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4.
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Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is using K-Edge's new machined aluminum mount for Garmin Edge computers.

Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is using K-Edge's new machined aluminum mount for Garmin Edge computers.
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Check out the graphics on the inside of Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) custom painted Trek Madone 7-Series.

Check out the graphics on the inside of Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) custom painted Trek Madone 7-Series.
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It's tough to see but the big 'Trek' logo on the down tube of Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) Madone 7-Series is embedded with several of the affable German's well-known catchphrases.

It's tough to see but the big 'Trek' logo on the down tube of Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) Madone 7-Series is embedded with several of the affable German's well-known catchphrases.
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Several Team Type 1 spare bikes are equipped with Vittoria open tubular tires.

Several Team Type 1 spare bikes are equipped with Vittoria open tubular tires.
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Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) is using Timex's latest GPS computer.

Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) is using Timex's latest GPS computer.
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Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) is racing the USA Pro Challenge aboard a barely disguised Cervélo R3 instead of a team-issue NeilPryde.

Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) is racing the USA Pro Challenge aboard a barely disguised Cervélo R3 instead of a team-issue NeilPryde.
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Bont Vaypor shoes for UnitedHealthcare's Danny Summerhill.

Bont Vaypor shoes for UnitedHealthcare's Danny Summerhill.
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Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) makes a last minute swap to deeper section wheels before the stage start in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) makes a last minute swap to deeper section wheels before the stage start in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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A SRAM/Quarq power measuring crank for Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare).

A SRAM/Quarq power measuring crank for Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare).
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Rory Sutherland's (UnitedHealthcare) NeilPryde Diablo before the start of Stage 5 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Rory Sutherland's (UnitedHealthcare) NeilPryde Diablo before the start of Stage 5 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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UnitedHealthcare team wheels are built around Chris King hubs.

UnitedHealthcare team wheels are built around Chris King hubs.
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Rory Sutherland's (UnitedHealthcare) number plate is affixed to a K-Edge stainless steel holder.

Rory Sutherland's (UnitedHealthcare) number plate is affixed to a K-Edge stainless steel holder.
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Vittoria tires glued to Shimano Dura-Ace carbon wheels for Team Type 1 at the USA Pro Challenge.

Vittoria tires glued to Shimano Dura-Ace carbon wheels for Team Type 1 at the USA Pro Challenge.
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Team Type 1 is racing the USA Pro Challenge on a mix of Colnago M10 and C59 machines.

Team Type 1 is racing the USA Pro Challenge on a mix of Colnago M10 and C59 machines.
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Hutchinson tubulars are glued to Shimano carbon rims on the Spidertech team bikes at the USA Pro Challenge.

Hutchinson tubulars are glued to Shimano carbon rims on the Spidertech team bikes at the USA Pro Challenge.
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It's about time Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) got a custom painted bike, no?

It's about time Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) got a custom painted bike, no?
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Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) Trek Madone 7-Series looks to be dressed in plain matte grey garb until you look a little closer.

Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) Trek Madone 7-Series looks to be dressed in plain matte grey garb until you look a little closer.
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A sign of Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) tenacity is featured on the seat tube.

A sign of Jens Voigt's (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) tenacity is featured on the seat tube.
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A carbon stem and aluminum handlebar for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek veteran Jens Voigt.

A carbon stem and aluminum handlebar for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek veteran Jens Voigt.
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Say no more, Jens, say no more.

Say no more, Jens, say no more.
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Spidertech's Argon 18 Gallium team bike.

Spidertech's Argon 18 Gallium team bike.
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Spidertech rider Lucas Euser checks his tire pressure before departing Breckenridge.

Spidertech rider Lucas Euser checks his tire pressure before departing Breckenridge.
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groups for the Spidertech team at the USA Pro Challenge.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groups for the Spidertech team at the USA Pro Challenge.
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UnitedHealthcare team bikes roll on Enve Composites carbon rims.

UnitedHealthcare team bikes roll on Enve Composites carbon rims.
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Matt Brammeier is all aero, all the time - including the Look KéO Blade Aero pedals on his Specialized S-Works Venge.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Matt Brammeier is all aero, all the time - including the Look KéO Blade Aero pedals on his Specialized S-Works Venge.
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A Ritchey saddle and seatpost for UnitedHealthcare captain Rory Sutherland.

A Ritchey saddle and seatpost for UnitedHealthcare captain Rory Sutherland.
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A piece of electrical tape keeps the valve from rattling on Taylor Phinney's (BMC) Easton EC90 Aero carbon rim.

A piece of electrical tape keeps the valve from rattling on Taylor Phinney's (BMC) Easton EC90 Aero carbon rim.
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) sets himself atop a Specialized Romin saddle with the logos blacked out.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) sets himself atop a Specialized Romin saddle with the logos blacked out.
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Massive setback on Taylor Phinney's (BMC) BMC TeamMachine SLR01.

Massive setback on Taylor Phinney's (BMC) BMC TeamMachine SLR01.
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BMC had a single TimeMachine TMR01 aero road bike as a second spare atop the team car.

BMC had a single TimeMachine TMR01 aero road bike as a second spare atop the team car.
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SRAM carbon crankarms and chainrings are connected to an SRM power meter on this Champion Systems Fuji.

SRAM carbon crankarms and chainrings are connected to an SRM power meter on this Champion Systems Fuji.
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Champion Systems riders are using a mix of Fuji Altamira and SST machines at the USA Pro Challenge.

Champion Systems riders are using a mix of Fuji Altamira and SST machines at the USA Pro Challenge.
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Champion Systems' Edco wheels feature a clever freehub body that works for both Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo cassettes with no swapping required.

Champion Systems' Edco wheels feature a clever freehub body that works for both Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo cassettes with no swapping required.
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Champion Systems' Edco carbon rims are wrapped with Vittoria rubber.

Champion Systems' Edco carbon rims are wrapped with Vittoria rubber.
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Champion Systems mechanics were getting noticeably creative with their team car numbers.

Champion Systems mechanics were getting noticeably creative with their team car numbers.
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It looks like BMC might be using custom stainless steel rear derailleur hangers.

It looks like BMC might be using custom stainless steel rear derailleur hangers.
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BMC mechanics used a mix of bolt-on number holders and zip-ties for the riders' USA Pro Challenge number plates.

BMC mechanics used a mix of bolt-on number holders and zip-ties for the riders' USA Pro Challenge number plates.
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Taylor Phinney's (BMC) BMC TeamMachine SLR01.

Taylor Phinney's (BMC) BMC TeamMachine SLR01.
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Astana riders set off from Breckenridge aboard their usual Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4s.

Astana riders set off from Breckenridge aboard their usual Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4s.
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Bissell Cycling wasn't taking chances with their unlucky team car number.

Bissell Cycling wasn't taking chances with their unlucky team car number.
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Bissell Cycling is impressively well equipped for a domestic squad with Campagnolo Record equipped Pinarello Dogma 2s.

Bissell Cycling is impressively well equipped for a domestic squad with Campagnolo Record equipped Pinarello Dogma 2s.
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We spotted several teams using K-Edge's new stainless steel number plate holders.

We spotted several teams using K-Edge's new stainless steel number plate holders.
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Bissell Cycling captain Christopher Baldwin is using a fi'zi:k Kurve saddle.

Bissell Cycling captain Christopher Baldwin is using a fi'zi:k Kurve saddle.
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Easton carbon wheels for Bissell Cycling.

Easton carbon wheels for Bissell Cycling.
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Cadel Evans' (BMC) BMC TeamMachine SLR01 was only dressed up with some world championship stripes.

Cadel Evans' (BMC) BMC TeamMachine SLR01 was only dressed up with some world championship stripes.
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BMC veteran George Hincapie's race bike arrives in Breckenridge for the last time as a professional rider.

BMC veteran George Hincapie's race bike arrives in Breckenridge for the last time as a professional rider.
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) is using an SRM power meter.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) is using an SRM power meter.
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Champion Systems mechanics were getting noticeably creative with their team car numbers.

Champion Systems mechanics were getting noticeably creative with their team car numbers.
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Team Exergy is using Felt's F1 flagship at the USA Pro Challenge.

Team Exergy is using Felt's F1 flagship at the USA Pro Challenge.
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Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) is racing the USA Pro Challenge aboard a custom painted SuperSix Evo to celebrate his national championship victory.

Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) is racing the USA Pro Challenge aboard a custom painted SuperSix Evo to celebrate his national championship victory.
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Liquigas-Cannondale team bikes are fitted with SRAM's new Red group.

Liquigas-Cannondale team bikes are fitted with SRAM's new Red group.
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Bontrager-Livestrong rising star Joe Dombrowski has a string of axes lining his top tube, denoting various podiums, wins, and other achievements.

Bontrager-Livestrong rising star Joe Dombrowski has a string of axes lining his top tube, denoting various podiums, wins, and other achievements.
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Joe Dombrowski's (Bontrager-Livestrong) Trek Madone 7-Series is built with Bontrager's new integrated front brake caliper.

Joe Dombrowski's (Bontrager-Livestrong) Trek Madone 7-Series is built with Bontrager's new integrated front brake caliper.
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A chain catcher is built into the Trek Madone 7-Series of Bontrager-Livestrong rider Joe Dombrowski.

A chain catcher is built into the Trek Madone 7-Series of Bontrager-Livestrong rider Joe Dombrowski.
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Joe Dombrowski's (Bontrager-Livestrong) all-Bontrager cockpit is punctuated by a new Quarq computer mount.

Joe Dombrowski's (Bontrager-Livestrong) all-Bontrager cockpit is punctuated by a new Quarq computer mount.
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This may be a Garmin Edge 500 computer but the Bontrager-Livestrong team is sponsored by Quarq so all the logos are covered up.

This may be a Garmin Edge 500 computer but the Bontrager-Livestrong team is sponsored by Quarq so all the logos are covered up.
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A new SRAM Red power meter for Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager-Livestrong).

A new SRAM Red power meter for Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager-Livestrong).
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Joe Dombrowski's Bontrager-Livestrong Trek Madone 7-Series.

Joe Dombrowski's Bontrager-Livestrong Trek Madone 7-Series.
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Garmin-Sharp's 3T Integra stems feature integrated mounts for the riders' Garmin Edge computers.

Garmin-Sharp's 3T Integra stems feature integrated mounts for the riders' Garmin Edge computers.
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Christian Vande Velde's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5ca at the USA Pro Challenge.

Christian Vande Velde's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5ca at the USA Pro Challenge.
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Christian Vande Velde's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5ca is only designed for external routing so the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wires have to be secured to the surface with electrical tape and zip-ties.

Christian Vande Velde's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5ca is only designed for external routing so the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wires have to be secured to the surface with electrical tape and zip-ties.
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Team Exergy is using levers and derailleurs from Taiwanese company Microshift.

Team Exergy is using levers and derailleurs from Taiwanese company Microshift.
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Alternative Garmin mounts were rife at the USA Pro Challenge, such as this Bar Fly from Tate Labs.

Alternative Garmin mounts were rife at the USA Pro Challenge, such as this Bar Fly from Tate Labs.
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It's tough to overlook Team Exergy's Microshift derailleurs what with their bright green finish.

It's tough to overlook Team Exergy's Microshift derailleurs what with their bright green finish.
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Most of the Team Exergy bikes were equipped with green headset spacers.

Most of the Team Exergy bikes were equipped with green headset spacers.
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Team Exergy decorated their bikes with gold bits when they earned a spot in this year's Tour of California and several of the riders opted to leave them on.

Team Exergy decorated their bikes with gold bits when they earned a spot in this year's Tour of California and several of the riders opted to leave them on.
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Kenda tubular tires and Vision carbon wheels for Team Exergy.

Kenda tubular tires and Vision carbon wheels for Team Exergy.
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International teams such as Garmin-Sharp often have to temporarily adapt for US domestic campaigns. For the USA Pro Challenge, the team cars are fitted with Yakima racks instead of the custom setups built on to the European vehicles.

International teams such as Garmin-Sharp often have to temporarily adapt for US domestic campaigns. For the USA Pro Challenge, the team cars are fitted with Yakima racks instead of the custom setups built on to the European vehicles.
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Stainless steel Arundel bottle cages on Christian Vande Velde's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5ca.

Stainless steel Arundel bottle cages on Christian Vande Velde's (Garmin-Sharp) Cervélo R5ca.
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Garmin-Sharp team bikes were fitted with Garmin Vector pedals but alas, they're still missing their power measuring hardware.

Garmin-Sharp team bikes were fitted with Garmin Vector pedals but alas, they're still missing their power measuring hardware.
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The new Trek Madone 7-Series' internal cable routing may make for a cleaner look in theory but it also requires extra adjusters that clutter the appearance.

The new Trek Madone 7-Series' internal cable routing may make for a cleaner look in theory but it also requires extra adjusters that clutter the appearance.
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This article first appeared on BikeRadar.com.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is one of the last stops on the calendar for the 2012 road season with the towering mountains of Colorado putting many of the riders higher above sea level than they've ever been outside of an airplane. Here's a look at what some of the riders are using as they make their way to the state capitol of Denver.