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Tech gallery: More pro bikes at the 2012 Tour of Flanders

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Rabobank riders were evenly split between the TCR Advanced SL and the Defy Advanced SL for Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Rabobank riders were evenly split between the TCR Advanced SL and the Defy Advanced SL for Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's new wheels weren't hard to spot what with their stark white 'Shimano' logos.

Shimano's new wheels weren't hard to spot what with their stark white 'Shimano' logos. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Movistar used a mix of Pinarello Dogma 2 and Dogma K machines at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Movistar used a mix of Pinarello Dogma 2 and Dogma K machines at Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Movistar's Campagnolo Record EPS front derailleurs are aided by these minimalist chain keepers.

Movistar's Campagnolo Record EPS front derailleurs are aided by these minimalist chain keepers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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24mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG 'Team Prototype' tubulars for the Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator team, wrapped around traditional box-section aluminum rims.

24mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG 'Team Prototype' tubulars for the Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator team, wrapped around traditional box-section aluminum rims. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator used a mix of Eddy Merckx EMX-5 and EMX-7 rigs at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator used a mix of Eddy Merckx EMX-5 and EMX-7 rigs at Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Rotor 3D+ cranks and Q-Rings are mounted on this Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator Merckx EMX-5.

Rotor 3D+ cranks and Q-Rings are mounted on this Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator Merckx EMX-5. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lotto Belisol riders mostly used the softer riding Ridley Helium at Ronde van Vlaanderen but there was at least one spare Noah perched atop the team car.

Lotto Belisol riders mostly used the softer riding Ridley Helium at Ronde van Vlaanderen but there was at least one spare Noah perched atop the team car. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Landbouwkrediet-Euphony riders used Shimano Dura-Ace equipped Colnago M10 bikes.

Landbouwkrediet-Euphony riders used Shimano Dura-Ace equipped Colnago M10 bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Judging by this sheet, though, it looks like there was a plan to swap over to softer tires later in the race.

Judging by this sheet, though, it looks like there was a plan to swap over to softer tires later in the race. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lampre-ISD mechanics inflated the team's tires to standard pressures at the start of the race.

Lampre-ISD mechanics inflated the team's tires to standard pressures at the start of the race. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Danilo Hondo's (Lampre-ISD) Campagnolo Ergopower levers are each wrapped with a single rubber band.

Danilo Hondo's (Lampre-ISD) Campagnolo Ergopower levers are each wrapped with a single rubber band. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mechanical Campagnolo groups for Lampre-ISD.

Mechanical Campagnolo groups for Lampre-ISD. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lampre-ISD used these Wilier Triestina Cento1 bikes for their run at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Lampre-ISD used these Wilier Triestina Cento1 bikes for their run at Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tidy cable routing on this Movistar Pinarello Dogma K.

Tidy cable routing on this Movistar Pinarello Dogma K. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Movistar was fully equipped with Campagnolo Record EPS electronic groups.

Movistar was fully equipped with Campagnolo Record EPS electronic groups. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A handful of Rabobank riders used Shimano's new prototype carbon fiber wheels at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

A handful of Rabobank riders used Shimano's new prototype carbon fiber wheels at Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Rabobank team paint scheme unfortunately isn't available to regular buyers of Giant's TCR Advanced SL.

The Rabobank team paint scheme unfortunately isn't available to regular buyers of Giant's TCR Advanced SL. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Very wide spoke flange spacing on Rabobank's prototype Shimano rear hub.

Very wide spoke flange spacing on Rabobank's prototype Shimano rear hub. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Rabobank's Giant Defy Advanced SL frames feature dramatic shaping that foster flex at the seat cluster for greater comfort.

Rabobank's Giant Defy Advanced SL frames feature dramatic shaping that foster flex at the seat cluster for greater comfort. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Rabobank rider Jos Van Emden apparently has a strong affinity for San Marco Regal saddles.

Rabobank rider Jos Van Emden apparently has a strong affinity for San Marco Regal saddles. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Giant Defy Advanced SL is built with a longer head tube than the TCR Advanced SL but Rabobank team riders seem to be getting on with it fine. The tapered steerer tube measures 1 1/2" at the bottom but an unusually girthy 1 1/4" up top.

The Giant Defy Advanced SL is built with a longer head tube than the TCR Advanced SL but Rabobank team riders seem to be getting on with it fine. The tapered steerer tube measures 1 1/2" at the bottom but an unusually girthy 1 1/4" up top. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Critical sections of the race are marked on this Rabobank rider's cheat sheet.

Critical sections of the race are marked on this Rabobank rider's cheat sheet. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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25mm-wide Continental Competition Pro Limited ProTection tubulars with Gatorskin sidewall protection for the Movistar team.

25mm-wide Continental Competition Pro Limited ProTection tubulars with Gatorskin sidewall protection for the Movistar team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This new SRM was a joint collaboration with Campagnolo, who had to build specific crankarms to fit.

This new SRM was a joint collaboration with Campagnolo, who had to build specific crankarms to fit. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Who says pros don't ride saddles with cutouts? This Movistar rider would beg to differ.

Who says pros don't ride saddles with cutouts? This Movistar rider would beg to differ. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The swoopy stays on Movistar's Pinarello Dogma 2 frame stand in stark contrast to the simpler lines of the Dogma K behind it.

The swoopy stays on Movistar's Pinarello Dogma 2 frame stand in stark contrast to the simpler lines of the Dogma K behind it. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Wilier claims the round-to-square head tube and similarly squared-off fork crown shapes enhance steering precision on Lampre's Cento1 machines.

Wilier claims the round-to-square head tube and similarly squared-off fork crown shapes enhance steering precision on Lampre's Cento1 machines. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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More aluminum Elite Ciussi bottle cages, this time on the bikes of Lampre-ISD.

More aluminum Elite Ciussi bottle cages, this time on the bikes of Lampre-ISD. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orca carbon fiber seatposts work with either conventional rails as shown here or Selle Italia's Monolink design.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orca carbon fiber seatposts work with either conventional rails as shown here or Selle Italia's Monolink design. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi rode their trusty Orbea Orcas during the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Euskaltel-Euskadi rode their trusty Orbea Orcas during the Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Who said we were only interested in bike tech? Four-wheel steering helps driver navigate the giant team buses through tight and often crowded European streets.

Who said we were only interested in bike tech? Four-wheel steering helps driver navigate the giant team buses through tight and often crowded European streets. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) rolls his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 to the start line of Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) rolls his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 to the start line of Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Astana's Corima wheels feature paired stainless steel spokes joining carbon fiber tubular rims to aluminum hubs.

Astana's Corima wheels feature paired stainless steel spokes joining carbon fiber tubular rims to aluminum hubs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Tom Boonen's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team wasn't the only one on Specialized. The Morgan Hill, California company also sponsors the Astana and Saxo Bank teams, too.

Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Tom Boonen's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team wasn't the only one on Specialized. The Morgan Hill, California company also sponsors the Astana and Saxo Bank teams, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's team is using bikes from Belgian company Zannata.

The Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's team is using bikes from Belgian company Zannata. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano also had traditional box-section tubulars prepared as spares.

Argos-Shimano also had traditional box-section tubulars prepared as spares. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Fat 25mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG tubulars for Argos-Shimano, glued up on all-new wide-format Shimano carbon fiber tubular rims.

Fat 25mm-wide Vittoria Pavé Evo CG tubulars for Argos-Shimano, glued up on all-new wide-format Shimano carbon fiber tubular rims. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Selle Italia saddles were fitted across the board at Argos-Shimano but Tom Stamsnijder apparently prefers the radical looking shape from Adamo.

Selle Italia saddles were fitted across the board at Argos-Shimano but Tom Stamsnijder apparently prefers the radical looking shape from Adamo. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano was among several teams at Ronde van Vlaanderen sporting new Shimano carbon fiber tubulars.

Argos-Shimano was among several teams at Ronde van Vlaanderen sporting new Shimano carbon fiber tubulars. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Primary bikes for Argos-Shimano were finished in a relatively quiet matte black with neon green accents whereas these spares practially blend in with the team bus.

Primary bikes for Argos-Shimano were finished in a relatively quiet matte black with neon green accents whereas these spares practially blend in with the team bus. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar's Alexandre Pichot appeared to the be only person on the team running this Deda integrated bar and stem.

Europcar's Alexandre Pichot appeared to the be only person on the team running this Deda integrated bar and stem. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Campagnolo EPS battery and 'brain' is mounted underneath the down tube on Thomas Voeckler's Colnago M10.

The Campagnolo EPS battery and 'brain' is mounted underneath the down tube on Thomas Voeckler's Colnago M10. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Campagnolo once doubted how many riders would choose the dual-pivot rear brake option but the entire Lampre-ISD team did so at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Campagnolo once doubted how many riders would choose the dual-pivot rear brake option but the entire Lampre-ISD team did so at Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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FDJ-Big Mat bikes are equipped with PRO cockpits.

FDJ-Big Mat bikes are equipped with PRO cockpits. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 satellite shifters on this FDJ-Big Mat Lapierre Xelius.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 satellite shifters on this FDJ-Big Mat Lapierre Xelius. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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FDJ-Big Mat's Lapierre Xelius frames feature integrated seatmasts.

FDJ-Big Mat's Lapierre Xelius frames feature integrated seatmasts. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lapierre carries its logo all the way from the tapered head tube through the fork blades on FDJ-Big Mat's Xelius frames.

Lapierre carries its logo all the way from the tapered head tube through the fork blades on FDJ-Big Mat's Xelius frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sturdy aluminum Elite Ciussi bottle cages are fitted to the Lapierres of FDJ-Big Mat.

Sturdy aluminum Elite Ciussi bottle cages are fitted to the Lapierres of FDJ-Big Mat. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Hutchinson tubulars and Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two carbon wheels for the bikes of Team Europcar.

Hutchinson tubulars and Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two carbon wheels for the bikes of Team Europcar. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Campagnolo's new Record EPS group finds its way on to the bikes of Europcar.

Campagnolo's new Record EPS group finds its way on to the bikes of Europcar. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar captain Thomas Voeckler's second spare Colnago M10 was fitted with a mechanical Campagnolo group.

Europcar captain Thomas Voeckler's second spare Colnago M10 was fitted with a mechanical Campagnolo group. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar captain Thomas Voeckler's main spare bike was equipped with a Campagnolo Record EPS group.

Europcar captain Thomas Voeckler's main spare bike was equipped with a Campagnolo Record EPS group. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The chain keeper on this Europcar Colnago M10 comes courtesy of French company Aivee. Note the locking mechanism and dedicated concave washer.

The chain keeper on this Europcar Colnago M10 comes courtesy of French company Aivee. Note the locking mechanism and dedicated concave washer. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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By the looks of things, this Europcar team vehicle was in a bit of a fender bender.

By the looks of things, this Europcar team vehicle was in a bit of a fender bender. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Argos-Shimano's (formerly Project 1t4i) Felt F1 team bikes sit at the ready prior to the start of Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Argos-Shimano's (formerly Project 1t4i) Felt F1 team bikes sit at the ready prior to the start of Ronde van Vlaanderen. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

Mild weather prompted teams and riders to stick to rather conventional gear once again for this year's Tour of Flanders, with just a few concessions made for the tricky cobbled climbs.

Fatter tubular tires were inflated to lower pressures, a few teams opted for modified or more 'Roubaix style' frames, and aggressively aero wheels were replaced with ones that would better cope with typically windy conditions.

We brought you a look at many of the bikes from key teams and riders at the Ronde van Vlaanderen earlier this week but here's a look at what else we spotted on race day.