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Tech gallery: New bikes at the Tour de France

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All rounder Lieuwe Westra (Vancansoleil) was riding the new aero Bianchi Oltre XR2, an unveiled a couple of weeks before the Tour

All rounder Lieuwe Westra (Vancansoleil) was riding the new aero Bianchi Oltre XR2, an unveiled a couple of weeks before the Tour
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Trek’s tapered E2 headtube and fork configuration is prominent in the Project One generated colour scheme

The Trek’s tapered E2 headtube and fork configuration is prominent in the Project One generated colour scheme
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The second generation Trek Madone 7-Series in the striking new colours to celebrate the 100th Tour de France. These are Andreas Klöden (46) and Jens Voigt’s (48) models.

The second generation Trek Madone 7-Series in the striking new colours to celebrate the 100th Tour de France. These are Andreas Klöden (46) and Jens Voigt’s (48) models.
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The day ahead in figures: hills, the feed zone , the intermediate sprint and even a train crossing on O’Grady’s stem

The day ahead in figures: hills, the feed zone , the intermediate sprint and even a train crossing on O’Grady’s stem
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The new frame and fork weighs less than 1kg in a 54cm model, Scott claimed at the launch

The new frame and fork weighs less than 1kg in a 54cm model, Scott claimed at the launch
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Stuart O’Grady (Orica-GreenEdge) is riding the new Scott Addict SL, unveiled earlier this week in Switzerland – he was first spotted riding the frame March at the Tour of Flanders

Stuart O’Grady (Orica-GreenEdge) is riding the new Scott Addict SL, unveiled earlier this week in Switzerland – he was first spotted riding the frame March at the Tour of Flanders
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Jakob Fuglsang’s Specialized Tarmac SL4 stands out from the rest of the Astana squad because he’s running a fully mechanical Campagnolo Record 11 groupset. Transmission is enhanced with use of Alligator I-Link cables

Jakob Fuglsang’s Specialized Tarmac SL4 stands out from the rest of the Astana squad because he’s running a fully mechanical Campagnolo Record 11 groupset. Transmission is enhanced with use of Alligator I-Link cables
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The new SRM-compatible Shimano 9000 crank on Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano) Felt F1.

The new SRM-compatible Shimano 9000 crank on Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano) Felt F1.
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Rodriguez’s cartoon custom Selle Italia SLR Monolink is a nod to his nickname (Purito) and his status as an explosive climber

Rodriguez’s cartoon custom Selle Italia SLR Monolink is a nod to his nickname (Purito) and his status as an explosive climber
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Last year Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was the UCI’s top-ranked rider, which is commemorated in this season’s Canyon Aeroad CF frame

Last year Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was the UCI’s top-ranked rider, which is commemorated in this season’s Canyon Aeroad CF frame
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Joaquim Rodriquez's Canyon Aeroad CF

Joaquim Rodriquez's Canyon Aeroad CF
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Greipel’s spare bike is fitted with a limited edition Campagnolo 80th birthday Super Record 11 groupset

Greipel’s spare bike is fitted with a limited edition Campagnolo 80th birthday Super Record 11 groupset
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The presence of the gorilla means only one thing: this bike is top sprinter André Greipel’s (Lotto-Belisol)

The presence of the gorilla means only one thing: this bike is top sprinter André Greipel’s (Lotto-Belisol)
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Ridley unveiled the Dean Fast TT bike yesterday, which borrows aerodynamic patents from this, the Noah Fast, including the F-brake integrated into the fork

Ridley unveiled the Dean Fast TT bike yesterday, which borrows aerodynamic patents from this, the Noah Fast, including the F-brake integrated into the fork
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The Oltre XR2’s clamping mechanism is recessed into the frame

The Oltre XR2’s clamping mechanism is recessed into the frame
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A special edition KMC chain in Bianchi celeste colours

A special edition KMC chain in Bianchi celeste colours
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The frame’s cable routing is internal and it is compatible with both electronic and mechanical systems

The frame’s cable routing is internal and it is compatible with both electronic and mechanical systems
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The Oltre XR2’s frame is moulded to smooth air around the headtube

The Oltre XR2’s frame is moulded to smooth air around the headtube
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The fleet of 7-Series Treks have brakes mounted to the underside of the bottom bracket, time trial bike style

The fleet of 7-Series Treks have brakes mounted to the underside of the bottom bracket, time trial bike style
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)

Bike manufacturers have been going into overdrive this week, bringing out new models before the 2013 Tour de France. From the Look 695 Aerolight to the new Scott Addict SL, many riders taking on the grand tour are doing so on new kit.

BikeRadar visited the teams at a fairly low-key grand départ in Porto Vecchio, Corsica, for the start of the long, hot stage to Bastia, 213km to the north. The profile was set to bring out the sprinters for a fast and furious attack for the first yellow jersey of the race, with Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) taking the glory.

This image gallery – part one on new bikes and paint schemes on show during stage 1 – looks at Bianchi machines at Vacansoleil-DCM, Joaquim Rodriguez’s Katusha Canyon special, the Scott Addict SL at Orica-GreenEdge and the eye-wateringly bright Trek 7-Series Madone at RadioShack Leopard Trek. Stay tuned for part two.