This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
As we enjoy the final rest day of the 2018 Tour de France we take a look back at some of the best bikes, custom components, clothing, accessories and more from the biggest bike race in the world.
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Heading into the final week of the race, we have seen four race leaders in Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), all of whom, except Sagan, added custom yellow finishes to their S-Works Venge, BMC Teammachine and Pinarello Dogma, respectively.
Leading up to the Tour de France, there were no fewer than six new aero bikes launched that have been raced at the Tour, including the S-Works Venge (Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors), Trek Madone (Trek-Segafredo), Cannondale SystemSix (EF Education First-Drapac), Ridley Noah Fast (Lotto-Soudal), Wilier Cento10 Pro (Direct-Energie) and BMC Timemachine Road (BMC Racing)
As well as the bikes with splashes of yellow, several riders have used the Tour de France to showcase their team sponsors' framesets by adding splashes of colour and custom finishes wherever possible.
Sagan, Vincenzo Nibali, Michal Kwiatkowski, Romain Bardet and Mark Cavendish are just a handful of riders who have been racing on custom bikes.
Alongside new and special framesets, Champion Systems has reinvented the T-shirt with a zipless jersey, Sportful has produced jerseys with integrated race number holders and Castelli created a new team time-trial-specific speedsuit (check out our Tour de France Team Time Trial tech gallery for more on that).
Ceramic components specialists CeramicSpeed has slowly had more and more teams in the WorldTour adopting its products for racing.
Alongside official partners AG2R La Mondiale, Quick-Step Floors and Bora-Hansgrohe, we saw CeramicSpeed components on Warren Barguil’s (Fortuneo-Samsic) SRAM-equipped BH, Jesus Herrada’s (Cofidis) Campagnolo-equipped Kuota and Astana’s Shimano-equipped Argon 18. The Danish company confirmed that any components used by its non-sponsored teams are paid for, speaking volumes for their components.
Romain Bardet’s CeramicSpeed OSPW derailleur upgrade also had a special glittery finish, dubbed ‘Victory Edition’.
Sunglasses, helmets and shoes
Framesets and components are not the only items looking for maximum exposure at the race. Riders and teams use the Tour de France to showcase new helmets, sunglasses, footwear and more.
Click or swipe through the 101 images above for a look at all the tech from the 2018 Tour de France.
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