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Tour de France bikes: Julian Alaphilippe's Tarmac SL7

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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Prior to Stage 3, Alaphilippe shows off his yellow-tinted race bike (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Despite winning on clinchers, he was back on tubular tyres for the sprint stage into Sisteron (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

For the earlier photo shoot, the bike is fitted with shallower Roval Alpinist CLX wheels (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Which curiously, are shod with Turbo RapidAir tubeless road tyres (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

The range-topping groupset from Shimano is fitted, complete with disc brakes (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

A common sight in this year's Tour de France, Shimano's XTR mountain bike disc brake rotors, which are 10g lighter than Dura-Ace (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

The Dura-Ace crankset is Shimano's power-meter-equipped model (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

A simple cable tie will keep Alaphilippe's race number in place on the Specialized Tarmac seatpost (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Atop which, Alaphilippe is using an S-Works Romin Evo saddle (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Clearance for wider tyres might be available, but Alaphilippe will be running either 24 or 26C rubber (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

It wouldn't be a Deceuninck-QuickStep bike without the Wolfpack logo (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Eschewing the Aerofly II handlebars, Alaphilippe is using PRO Vibe Superlight bars (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Despite not using the integrated handlebars, the team mechanics can still achieve a tidy cockpit thanks to the new Tarmac stem (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Supacaz provides the bar tape (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

While Tacx provides its Deva carbon bottle cages (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Of course, Alaphilippe's name and country flag adorns the chain stays (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

For his time in the maillot jaune, Alaphilippe's bike is given a selection of yellow highlights (Image credit: Wout Beel)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

He's also showing off his Richard Mille watch, worth a cool $120,000 (Image credit: Wout Beel)

Early on in last year's Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe stormed into the yellow jersey on Stage 3 with a daring attack on the Cote de Mutigny, 15km from the finish into Epernay. 

This year he went a day earlier, taking the maillot jaune on Stage 2 into Nice. With a little over 13km remaining, Alapahilippe jumped toward the top of the Col des Quatre Chemins. Only Marc Hirschi could follow - Adam Yates later bridged - but the Frenchman's power was too much for his breakaway companions and the onrushing peloton led by Greg van Avermaet, giving the Deceuninck QuickStep leader his 16th day in yellow

He did so aboard the all-new Specialized Tarmac SL7, the race bike that Specialized calls the 'one bike to rule them all', replacing not only its Tarmac SL6 predecessor but also the brand's Venge aero bike. 

As sponsors to both Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora Hansgrohe, the Tarmac SL7 is being ridden by all riders from both teams, including GC contenders Alaphilippe and Emanuel Buchmann, as well as Sprinters Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan

His win marked the first road stage win for clincher tyres and inner tubes in modern cycling history. Despite the risk of being unrideable when flat, riders from both Specialized-sponsored teams have been seen using the technology, which Roval claims "is delivering the lowest riding resistance and supple road feel." 

This use of clinchers will come partly due to the non-tubeless-compatible nature of Roval's newest wheelsets, although curiously, at the time of shooting, Alaphilippe's bike is seen fitted with Specialized's Turbo RapidAir tyres, the dedicated tubeless road tyres from the American brand. 

The Rapide CLX is the aero wheelset in the range, and it puts emphasis on stability in crosswinds with the use of a shallower front rim. The Alpinist CLX is the lightweight offering, weighing in at just 1,248g. This is further exampled with Alaphilippe's use of Shimano XTR mountain bike disc brake rotors, which are 10 grams lighter than the Dura-Ace counterparts. 

Equipment choice comes day by day, however, and for the flat stage 3 into Sisteron, Alaphilippe was back onto Roval CLX50 wheels fitted with tubular tyres. 

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 specifications

  • Frameset: Specialized Tarmac SL7
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper
  • Brake/shift levers:  Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 Hydraulic Disc Dual Control Lever
  • Front derailleur:  Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
  • Rear derailleur:  Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-30T
  • Chain:  Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P w/ dual-sided power meter, 53/39
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheelset: Roval Alpinist CLX, Rapide CLX, CLX50 tubular
  • Tyres: Specialized Turbo Cotton, Specialized Turbo tubular, Specialized Turbo RapidAir
  • Handlebars: Pro Vibe Superlight
  • Bar Tape: Supacaz Super Sticky Kush
  • Stem: Specialized Tarmac Stem
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100
  • Saddle: Specialized S-Works Romin Evo
  • Seatpost: Specialized Tarmac seatpost 
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Deva
  • Cycling computer: Wahoo Elemnt Roam