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Tech gallery: Pro bikes at the 2012 Tour of Flanders

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We found Shimano's new carbon tubular wheels on the bikes of Sky, Argos-Shimano (formerly Project 1t4i), and Rabobank.

We found Shimano's new carbon tubular wheels on the bikes of Sky, Argos-Shimano (formerly Project 1t4i), and Rabobank.
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Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) rode the new Trek Domane at Ronde van Vlaanderen but he gets his own special geometry with a much lower front end than on consumer bikes.

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) rode the new Trek Domane at Ronde van Vlaanderen but he gets his own special geometry with a much lower front end than on consumer bikes.
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Check out the ultra-curved fork blades on Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) new Trek Domane. Also note the Nokon housing, mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace levers, the FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires, and the anatomic bars.

Check out the ultra-curved fork blades on Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) new Trek Domane. Also note the Nokon housing, mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace levers, the FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires, and the anatomic bars.
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Bontrager's clever Duotrap integrated speed and cadence sensor tucked into the chain stay of Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) new Trek Domane.

Bontrager's clever Duotrap integrated speed and cadence sensor tucked into the chain stay of Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) new Trek Domane.
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Fabian Cancellara was the only Radioshack-Nissan-Trek rider aboard the new Domane for Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Fabian Cancellara was the only Radioshack-Nissan-Trek rider aboard the new Domane for Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Aluminum bars mated to a carbon fiber stem on this Radioshack-Nissan-Trek Madone. Hair by mechanic Roger Theel.

Aluminum bars mated to a carbon fiber stem on this Radioshack-Nissan-Trek Madone. Hair by mechanic Roger Theel.
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Tom Boonen's (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) new SRAM Red DoubleTap levers are each wrapped with a bit of electrical tape. We're still working to find out exactly why.

Tom Boonen's (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) new SRAM Red DoubleTap levers are each wrapped with a bit of electrical tape. We're still working to find out exactly why.
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Tom Boonen's (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 is fitted with SRAM's new Red group, Zipp 303 carbon tubulars and cockpit components, FMB tubular tires, and Look KéO Blade pedals.

Tom Boonen's (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 is fitted with SRAM's new Red group, Zipp 303 carbon tubulars and cockpit components, FMB tubular tires, and Look KéO Blade pedals.
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New wide-profile Mavic carbon tubular wheels on Peter Sagan's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

New wide-profile Mavic carbon tubular wheels on Peter Sagan's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
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Curious rear brake cable routing on Peter Sagan's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

Curious rear brake cable routing on Peter Sagan's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) set off for Oodenaarde aboard this Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) set off for Oodenaarde aboard this Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
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A steel-caged SRAM Red front derailleur and a custom chain keeper on Peter Sagan's Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

A steel-caged SRAM Red front derailleur and a custom chain keeper on Peter Sagan's Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
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Cannondale Hollowgram SL cranks and an SRM spider makes for an ultralight power meter on Peter Sagan's Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

Cannondale Hollowgram SL cranks and an SRM spider makes for an ultralight power meter on Peter Sagan's Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
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Classic-bend bars (and older SRAM Red) on Peter Sagan's Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

Classic-bend bars (and older SRAM Red) on Peter Sagan's Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale SuperSix Evo.
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White hoods and team-special green detailing on the Liquigas-Cannondale SRAM Red levers.

White hoods and team-special green detailing on the Liquigas-Cannondale SRAM Red levers.
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Trek built extra raked-out fork blades offset by rear-facing dropouts into the new Domane but Cannondale did a similar thing with its SuperSix Evo, too. Also note the sleek aluminum hub shell and bladed stainless steel spokes on the new Mavic carbon tubular wheel.

Trek built extra raked-out fork blades offset by rear-facing dropouts into the new Domane but Cannondale did a similar thing with its SuperSix Evo, too. Also note the sleek aluminum hub shell and bladed stainless steel spokes on the new Mavic carbon tubular wheel.
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Sky has some of the fanciest cars in the peloton - shame then that one was disabled in a crash during the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Sky has some of the fanciest cars in the peloton - shame then that one was disabled in a crash during the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) had at least two spares for Ronde van Vlaanderen, including this Pinarello Dogma K fitted with brand-new Shimano wide-profile carbon tubulars.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) had at least two spares for Ronde van Vlaanderen, including this Pinarello Dogma K fitted with brand-new Shimano wide-profile carbon tubulars.
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Aluminum Elite Ciussi cages on Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2 are chosen for their extra security on the cobbles.

Aluminum Elite Ciussi cages on Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2 are chosen for their extra security on the cobbles.
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Section depth on Shimano's new carbon tubulars looks to be about 50mm and the width is at least 23mm across.

Section depth on Shimano's new carbon tubulars looks to be about 50mm and the width is at least 23mm across.
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The rims on Shimano's new carbon tubular wheelset are notably wide with a signficantly more rounded profile than before. Hidden spoke nipples will complicate truing, though.

The rims on Shimano's new carbon tubular wheelset are notably wide with a signficantly more rounded profile than before. Hidden spoke nipples will complicate truing, though.
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Flange spacing on the new Shimano rear hub is very wide, too, with straight-pull spokes all around and crossed lacing only on the driveside.

Flange spacing on the new Shimano rear hub is very wide, too, with straight-pull spokes all around and crossed lacing only on the driveside.
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Flange spacing on the new Shimano rear hub is very wide, too, with straight-pull spokes all around and crossed lacing only on the driveside.

Flange spacing on the new Shimano rear hub is very wide, too, with straight-pull spokes all around and crossed lacing only on the driveside.
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Shimano's new front wheel features very widely spaced flanges, the company's so-called 'indexed' bearing adjustment, and paired spoke heads.

Shimano's new front wheel features very widely spaced flanges, the company's so-called 'indexed' bearing adjustment, and paired spoke heads.
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Snap-on covers for Sky's Kask helmets might improve aerodynamics but given the weather conditions, the riders were probably more concerned with just staying warm.

Snap-on covers for Sky's Kask helmets might improve aerodynamics but given the weather conditions, the riders were probably more concerned with just staying warm.
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Veloflex tubular tires on Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2.

Veloflex tubular tires on Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2.
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The swoopy stays on Sky's Pinarello Dogma 2.

The swoopy stays on Sky's Pinarello Dogma 2.
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Aluminum-bodied Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals for Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky).

Aluminum-bodied Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals for Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky).
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Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 setup is augmented by a set of sprint shifters on the drops.

Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 setup is augmented by a set of sprint shifters on the drops.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2 arrives at the start area for Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2 arrives at the start area for Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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The front end of Sky's Pinarello Dogma 2 machines is more integrated than the original for a smoother appearance. Note Edvald Boasson Hagen's choice of a true anatomic-bend bar.

The front end of Sky's Pinarello Dogma 2 machines is more integrated than the original for a smoother appearance. Note Edvald Boasson Hagen's choice of a true anatomic-bend bar.
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2's front shift performance is amazing but cobbles are cobbles. Sky team mechanics lend a little extra insurance to Edvald Boasson Hagen's Pinarello Dogma 2 with this chain keeper from Token.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2's front shift performance is amazing but cobbles are cobbles. Sky team mechanics lend a little extra insurance to Edvald Boasson Hagen's Pinarello Dogma 2 with this chain keeper from Token.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) primary Pinarello Dogma 2 is equipped with a power meter from SRM.

Edvald Boasson Hagen's (Sky) primary Pinarello Dogma 2 is equipped with a power meter from SRM.
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Liquigas-Cannondale is still running the previous-generation SRAM Red.

Liquigas-Cannondale is still running the previous-generation SRAM Red.
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Liquigas-Cannondale team bikes ready for the start of Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Liquigas-Cannondale team bikes ready for the start of Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Canyon's head tubes are on the long side but team riders don't seem to have too much trouble achieving their desired position - at least with a lower-profile headset cone and standard compression assembly fitted.

Canyon's head tubes are on the long side but team riders don't seem to have too much trouble achieving their desired position - at least with a lower-profile headset cone and standard compression assembly fitted.
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Andreas Klier (Garmin-Barracuda) was the one black sheep of the team with his aluminum-bodied Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals.

Andreas Klier (Garmin-Barracuda) was the one black sheep of the team with his aluminum-bodied Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals.
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Cervélo offers two frames higher up in the range - the R5 and R5ca - that it could modify instead of the standard R3. But then again, this is a very well proven formula that has brought the company heaps of success in the past.

Cervélo offers two frames higher up in the range - the R5 and R5ca - that it could modify instead of the standard R3. But then again, this is a very well proven formula that has brought the company heaps of success in the past.
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The Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur on this Garmin-Barracuda Cervélo R3 is augmented with Gore Ride-On sealed cables and a Rotor chain keeper

The Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur on this Garmin-Barracuda Cervélo R3 is augmented with Gore Ride-On sealed cables and a Rotor chain keeper
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Garmin-Barracuda team bikes were fitted with Garmin Vector pedals that were seemingly devoid of the power measuring hardware. Note the omission of a transmission antenna that would normally be hanging in between the crankarm and pedal spindle.

Garmin-Barracuda team bikes were fitted with Garmin Vector pedals that were seemingly devoid of the power measuring hardware. Note the omission of a transmission antenna that would normally be hanging in between the crankarm and pedal spindle.
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Garmin-Barracuda team leader Tyler Farrar used a Cervélo R3 at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Garmin-Barracuda team leader Tyler Farrar used a Cervélo R3 at Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Garmin-Barracuda riders are using their full-on Classics bikes at Ronde van Vlaanderen, featuring different forks and longer rear ends for more tire clearance and stability.

Garmin-Barracuda riders are using their full-on Classics bikes at Ronde van Vlaanderen, featuring different forks and longer rear ends for more tire clearance and stability.
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Several sprinters such as Garmin-Barracuda's Tyler Farrar seem to prefer the mechanical version of Shimano's Dura-Ace group.

Several sprinters such as Garmin-Barracuda's Tyler Farrar seem to prefer the mechanical version of Shimano's Dura-Ace group.
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Note the position of the brake pads in the slots of Garmin-Barracuda's rear calipers. Longer stays are featured on these bikes for more tire clearance than standard Cervélo R3s.

Note the position of the brake pads in the slots of Garmin-Barracuda's rear calipers. Longer stays are featured on these bikes for more tire clearance than standard Cervélo R3s.
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Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubular tires on the bikes of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia.

Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubular tires on the bikes of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia.
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The non-driveside spokes are radially laced on the Ursus Miura T 24 rear wheels of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia but the driveside ones are still tied-and-soldered.

The non-driveside spokes are radially laced on the Ursus Miura T 24 rear wheels of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia but the driveside ones are still tied-and-soldered.
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Traditionally built wheels and tied-and-soldered spokes on this Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team bike.

Traditionally built wheels and tied-and-soldered spokes on this Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team bike.
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Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team bikes weren't all neon yellow. Several (including that of Filippo Pozzato) were a more sedate black.

Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team bikes weren't all neon yellow. Several (including that of Filippo Pozzato) were a more sedate black.
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Rarely seen Polar CS500 computers on the bikes of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia.

Rarely seen Polar CS500 computers on the bikes of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia.
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The MCipollini RB1000 bikes of Filippo Pozzato and Farnese Vini-Selle Italia feature a massively built rear end.

The MCipollini RB1000 bikes of Filippo Pozzato and Farnese Vini-Selle Italia feature a massively built rear end.
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Alessandro Ballan and the rest of the BMC team rode a fleet of SLR01 Team Machines.

Alessandro Ballan and the rest of the BMC team rode a fleet of SLR01 Team Machines.
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Andreas Klier started MyKnoaky partially as a little good luck charm but purchases also benefit Plant for the Planet. It's pretty neat - check it out.

Andreas Klier started MyKnoaky partially as a little good luck charm but purchases also benefit Plant for the Planet. It's pretty neat - check it out.
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Garmin-Barracuda team sponsor Cervélo was arguably the pioneer of the giant chain stay, tiny seat stay design movement. It worked back then, and it still works really well now.

Garmin-Barracuda team sponsor Cervélo was arguably the pioneer of the giant chain stay, tiny seat stay design movement. It worked back then, and it still works really well now.
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25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars for the Garmin-Barracuda team bikes at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars for the Garmin-Barracuda team bikes at Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Katusha supplier Canyon pulls off the big chain stay-tiny seat stay thing really well. Past experience has demonstrated the rear end to be extremely efficient but super comfy, too.

Katusha supplier Canyon pulls off the big chain stay-tiny seat stay thing really well. Past experience has demonstrated the rear end to be extremely efficient but super comfy, too.
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The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire is fed right into the top tube on Katusha's Canyon team bikes.

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire is fed right into the top tube on Katusha's Canyon team bikes.
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World championship stripes for Katusha's Oscar Freire.

World championship stripes for Katusha's Oscar Freire.
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A Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 satellite shifter is fitted to the bar tops on Oscar Freire's (Katusha) Canyon Aeroad CF.

A Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 satellite shifter is fitted to the bar tops on Oscar Freire's (Katusha) Canyon Aeroad CF.
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Canyon uses a more compact rear triangle on the Aeroad CF relative to the Ultimate CF SLX.

Canyon uses a more compact rear triangle on the Aeroad CF relative to the Ultimate CF SLX.
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Oscar Freire (Katusha) uses a custom Selle Italia saddle with a clipped nose.

Oscar Freire (Katusha) uses a custom Selle Italia saddle with a clipped nose.
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Check out the custom number plate holders used by the Katusha team.

Check out the custom number plate holders used by the Katusha team.
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Shimano hasn't produced these pedals in years but yet they seem to be favored by Katusha rider Oscar Freire.

Shimano hasn't produced these pedals in years but yet they seem to be favored by Katusha rider Oscar Freire.
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Three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Katusha) gets this custom painted Canyon Aeroad CF for Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Katusha) gets this custom painted Canyon Aeroad CF for Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Critical sections of the course are marked on the top tube of Oscar Freire's (Katusha) Canyon Aeroad CF.

Critical sections of the course are marked on the top tube of Oscar Freire's (Katusha) Canyon Aeroad CF.
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Oscar Freire (Katusha) ran a 27T cog on his Canyon Aeroad CF at Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Oscar Freire (Katusha) ran a 27T cog on his Canyon Aeroad CF at Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Katusha rider Oscar Freire isn't just a former world champion - he's won it three times.

Katusha rider Oscar Freire isn't just a former world champion - he's won it three times.
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Katusha's Canyon Aeroad CF uses a 1 1/8-to-1 1/4" tapered steerer instead of the bigger 1 1/4-to-1 1/2" dimension of the Ultimate CF SLX.

Katusha's Canyon Aeroad CF uses a 1 1/8-to-1 1/4" tapered steerer instead of the bigger 1 1/4-to-1 1/2" dimension of the Ultimate CF SLX.
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Several teams modify their usual bikes with special dropouts to lend greater tire clearance and a longer wheelbase but these look like standard-issue on this Katusha Canyon Ultimate CF SLX.

Several teams modify their usual bikes with special dropouts to lend greater tire clearance and a longer wheelbase but these look like standard-issue on this Katusha Canyon Ultimate CF SLX.
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Katusha riders ran a mix of Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and Aeroad CF frames.

Katusha riders ran a mix of Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and Aeroad CF frames.
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Sky's Chris Sutton runs the unusual looking O.symetric chainrings.

Sky's Chris Sutton runs the unusual looking O.symetric chainrings.
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This story originally appeared on BikeRadar.

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) conquered his demons for a third win at the Tour of Flanders and a huge boost in his confidence heading into next weekend's Paris-Roubaix. We profiled Boonen's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 just recently so we won't repeat ourselves here but it's still worth noting that this now marks the fifth win in a row at Flanders for the big 'S' and the first for SRAM's new Red group.

Just behind was Filippo Pozzato in second – his best finish yet – aboard M Cipollini's radical RB1000 machine while Alessandro Ballan rode his TeamMachine BMC SLR01 to complete the podium.

New gear was seemingly sparse in the pits this year but we still spotted some new carbon tubular wheels from Shimano. Measuring roughly 50mm in depth, the new wheels mark a new design direction for Shimano with their wide-section rims and distinctly rounder profile than in years past. We'd heard rumblings that Shimano is making a serious push towards improving wheel aerodynamics and this looks to be the first step.

Hubs look to have improved, too, with wider flange spacing front and rear for improved side-to-side stiffness and straight-pull spokes that are more easily accessed if one needs replacing. Also carrying over is Shimano's indexed cup-and-cone adjustable bearing system.

We're not terribly excited about the hidden nipples, though. While they certainly require a smaller rim hole – thus minimizing any reduction in strength due to drilling – it'll still make for a rough time in case the wheel needs to be trued.

Enjoy this gallery from the start of this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen but rest assured this is only half of the bunch – the rest will come tomorrow.