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Tour de France bikes: Romain Bardet's custom-painted Factor O2 - Gallery

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A number three on Bardet's number plate denotes the three stage victories at the Tour de France for the Frenchman

A number three on Bardet's number plate denotes the three stage victories at the Tour de France for the Frenchman (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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CeramicSpeed also provides AG2R La Mondiale with their headset bearings

CeramicSpeed also provides AG2R La Mondiale with their headset bearings (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The yellow colours from Mavic are a small highlight on the wheelset

The yellow colours from Mavic are a small highlight on the wheelset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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French components and accessories brand Aivee produce an alumnium number plate holder for Bardet

French components and accessories brand Aivee produce an alumnium number plate holder for Bardet (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The same motto Bardet painted on his top tube last year is used on this year's bike

The same motto Bardet painted on his top tube last year is used on this year's bike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet's initials also adorn the top tube

Bardet's initials also adorn the top tube (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Factor also created a special top cap for the 2018 Tour de France

Factor also created a special top cap for the 2018 Tour de France (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A stencilled design of Vercingetorix adorns the head cluster of the bike

A stencilled design of Vercingetorix adorns the head cluster of the bike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers for braking and shifting

Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers for braking and shifting (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet runs an integrated carbon cockpit setup from Black Inc

Bardet runs an integrated carbon cockpit setup from Black Inc (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A graphic of Puy de Dome sits at the base of the down tube on Bardet's frameset, which is located in Bardet's home region

A graphic of Puy de Dome sits at the base of the down tube on Bardet's frameset, which is located in Bardet's home region (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Romain Bardet's custom-painted Factor O2

Romain Bardet's custom-painted Factor O2 (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The drivetrain uses a combination of Shimano, SRM and CeramicSpeed components

The drivetrain uses a combination of Shimano, SRM and CeramicSpeed components (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet runs an 11-30 cassette

Bardet runs an 11-30 cassette (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet's wheels commemorate the regions of France the Tour goes through in 2018

Bardet's wheels commemorate the regions of France the Tour goes through in 2018 (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Standard length 172.5mm cranks are used by Bardet

Standard length 172.5mm cranks are used by Bardet (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet's primary bike was equipped with Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals

Bardet's primary bike was equipped with Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Romain Bardet's Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur features a 'Victory Edition' CeramicSpeed OSPW system

Romain Bardet's Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur features a 'Victory Edition' CeramicSpeed OSPW system (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet's bike uses a Shimano Ultegra chain

Bardet's bike uses a Shimano Ultegra chain (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet's spare bike was equipped with special Tour de France edition Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals

Bardet's spare bike was equipped with special Tour de France edition Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Standard 53/39 chainrings are used by Bardet

Standard 53/39 chainrings are used by Bardet (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Black decals stand out against the silver frameset

Black decals stand out against the silver frameset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Bardet's custom bike sat on the roof of his team car for most of the opening stages, with Bardet opting for the aero-focused Factor ONE earlier in the race

Bardet's custom bike sat on the roof of his team car for most of the opening stages, with Bardet opting for the aero-focused Factor ONE earlier in the race (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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K-Edge provide Bardet with a chain catcher for his bike

K-Edge provide Bardet with a chain catcher for his bike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A closer look at the CeramicSpeed headset

A closer look at the CeramicSpeed headset (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The head tube area has a neat and uncluttered aesthetic

The head tube area has a neat and uncluttered aesthetic (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A closer look at the CeramicSpeed OSPW system

A closer look at the CeramicSpeed OSPW system (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The bottom bracket is also provided by CeramicSpeed

The bottom bracket is also provided by CeramicSpeed (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Fizik provide Bardet with an Arione saddle for his Factor

Fizik provide Bardet with an Arione saddle for his Factor (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

After two consecutive podium finishes at the past two editions of the Tour de France, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) returns in 2018 with the weight of a nation on his shoulders to repeat the same feat.

AG2R La Mondiale are racing aboard Factor bikes for a second season after switching from Focus framesets for the start of 2017. Last year, Bardet was issued with a custom-painted blue and white frameset for the French Grand Tour but this year is racing on a black and silver frameset.

Along the top tube, a quote 'Take the risk or lose the chance' is written and Bardet's initials sit at the head of the top tube, both of which are design features taken from last year's bike.

Added to the design for 2018 is a stencilled design of Vercingetorix, king of the Arverni tribe on the head tube cluster and a separate design of Puy de Dome on the bottom of the down tube, both celebrating Bardet's home region of Auvergne.

AG2R La Mondiale is one of the three teams ceramic bearings specialists CeramicSpeed partner with at the Tour de France, with Bardet's headset and bottom bracket using CeramicSpeed bearings.

CeramicSpeed's eye-catching OSPW (over-sized pulley wheel) rear derailleur upgrade system is also used on AG2R La Mondiale's bikes with the company issuing Bardet with a special edition, glittery silver 'Victory Edition' version of the component.

Mavic has also produced a special set of Cosmic Ultimate Tubular TdF wheels, which feature artwork around the carbon rim celebrating the route of the 2018 Tour de France.

Black Inc provides Bardet with his seatpost, handlebar tape and integrated carbon cockpit system.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Romain Bardet's special Factor O2.

Factor O2 full specification

Frameset: Factor O2 in custom finish for Romain Bardet
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with CeramicSpeed OSPW system 'Victory Edition'
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-30
Chain: Shimano Ultegra
Crankset: SRM Shimano 9000, 53/39 chainrings, 172.5mm cranks
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
Wheelset: Mavic Cosmic Ultimate Tubular TdF
Tyres: Continental Competition ALX, 25mm tubular
Handlebars/stem: Black Inc integrated carbon, 400mm x 135mm
Headset: CeramicSpeed
Tape/grips: Black Inc
Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon/Look Keo Blade Carbon Tour de France edition
Saddle: Fizik Arione
Seatpost: Black Inc Factor O2
Bottle cages: Elite Vico Carbon
Computer: SRM PC-8 (not photographed)
Other accessories: K-Edge chain catcher, Aivee number plate mounting bracket

Factor O2 critical measurements

Rider height: 1.84m
Seat height from bottom bracket (centre to top): 750mm
Saddle nose to handlebars (at stem): 595mm