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Tour de France gallery: Time trial tech from stage 11

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Who else’s but Chris Froome’s (Sky) Pinarello Bolide

Who else’s but Chris Froome’s (Sky) Pinarello Bolide
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Tony Martin’s (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized Shiv is a thoroughbred race winner – and it carried him to his second Tour de France TT win near Mont-Saint-Michel today

Tony Martin’s (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized Shiv is a thoroughbred race winner – and it carried him to his second Tour de France TT win near Mont-Saint-Michel today
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Vittoria ‘Team Prototype’ tyres on the Felt DA

Vittoria ‘Team Prototype’ tyres on the Felt DA
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The yellow jersey accents – they were still drying when we visited

The yellow jersey accents – they were still drying when we visited
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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A hastily modified rubberised Park Tools allen key holder is used as a catcher should the chain unship from his Osymetric rings

A hastily modified rubberised Park Tools allen key holder is used as a catcher should the chain unship from his Osymetric rings
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Yesterday Focus launched its new Izalco Chrono frame and today it was in use by the AG2R-La Mondiale team

Yesterday Focus launched its new Izalco Chrono frame and today it was in use by the AG2R-La Mondiale team
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Straight pull brakes are recessed into the front fork

Straight pull brakes are recessed into the front fork
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Jean-Christophe Peraud’s (AG2R-La Mondiale) saddle is slammed right back

Jean-Christophe Peraud’s (AG2R-La Mondiale) saddle is slammed right back
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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A specially-decaled Zipp disc - pink, yellow and red – mean it’s grand tour specialist Alberto Contador’s

A specially-decaled Zipp disc - pink, yellow and red – mean it’s grand tour specialist Alberto Contador’s
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A specially-decaled Zipp disc - pink, yellow and red – mean it’s grand tour specialist Alberto Contador’s

A specially-decaled Zipp disc - pink, yellow and red – mean it’s grand tour specialist Alberto Contador’s
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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 Jérôme Coppel’s (Cofidis) Look 596, fitted with off-spec Rotor QXL rings

Jérôme Coppel’s (Cofidis) Look 596, fitted with off-spec Rotor QXL rings
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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 Jérôme Coppel’s (Cofidis) Look 596, fitted with off-spec Rotor QXL rings

Jérôme Coppel’s (Cofidis) Look 596, fitted with off-spec Rotor QXL rings
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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 Roman Kreuziger’s SRM PowerControl7 is fitted with a machined aluminium mount

Roman Kreuziger’s SRM PowerControl7 is fitted with a machined aluminium mount
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The characteristic tread on the Mavic’s CX01 tyres

The characteristic tread on the Mavic’s CX01 tyres
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Hesjedal’s jockey wheels have ceramic bearings – every little helps

Hesjedal’s jockey wheels have ceramic bearings – every little helps
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Hesjedal’s jockey wheels have ceramic bearings – every little helps

Hesjedal’s jockey wheels have ceramic bearings – every little helps
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Ryder Hesjedal’s P5 in all its glory

Ryder Hesjedal’s P5 in all its glory
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The Arundel Chrono bottle cages on Garmin-Sharp’s bikes get a little extra gripper help with self-adhesive foam padding

The Arundel Chrono bottle cages on Garmin-Sharp’s bikes get a little extra gripper help with self-adhesive foam padding
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Shimano gave selected riders – including Dumoulin – special edition electric blue R320 road shoes

Shimano gave selected riders – including Dumoulin – special edition electric blue R320 road shoes
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Felt DA’s integrated steering assembly is similar to the Look 596, used by Cofidis

The Felt DA’s integrated steering assembly is similar to the Look 596, used by Cofidis
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Felt DA’s integrated steering assembly is similar to the Look 596, used by Cofidis

The Felt DA’s integrated steering assembly is similar to the Look 596, used by Cofidis
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Martin pushed a massive 58T chainring on the flat Brittany course

Martin pushed a massive 58T chainring on the flat Brittany course
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A customised Specialized saddle gives Martin the grip he needs to keep putting the power down

A customised Specialized saddle gives Martin the grip he needs to keep putting the power down
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Martin’s mechanical SRAM Red shifters provide predictable shifting

Martin’s mechanical SRAM Red shifters provide predictable shifting
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The Specialized Shiv frame tapers over the back wheel

The Specialized Shiv frame tapers over the back wheel
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Katusha get around the UCI rule barring use of Mavic’s detachable fairings on CX01 wheel technology by filling the channel with a mastic paste bought from DIY shops

Katusha get around the UCI rule barring use of Mavic’s detachable fairings on CX01 wheel technology by filling the channel with a mastic paste bought from DIY shops
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) wins the prize for lowest-slung extensions in the peloton – they’re fitted below the bars

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) wins the prize for lowest-slung extensions in the peloton – they’re fitted below the bars
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Rodriguez uses Selle Italia’s only current production triathlon-specific saddle – the SLR Tri

Rodriguez uses Selle Italia’s only current production triathlon-specific saddle – the SLR Tri
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The Canyon Speedmax CF Evo uses flattened seatstays to push air around the back wheel

The Canyon Speedmax CF Evo uses flattened seatstays to push air around the back wheel
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Cadel Evans was using this un-branded monocoque disc. A Shimano rep told us it was an unbranded Pro Disc they gave some riders for the 2012 Olympics

Cadel Evans was using this un-branded monocoque disc. A Shimano rep told us it was an unbranded Pro Disc they gave some riders for the 2012 Olympics
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The Shimano DI2 battery is fixed to specially moulded mounts beneath the bottom bracket on Leopard Trek’s Trek Speed Concept bikes

The Shimano DI2 battery is fixed to specially moulded mounts beneath the bottom bracket on Leopard Trek’s Trek Speed Concept bikes
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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It’s a tight fit for Markel Irizar’s (RadioShack) PowerControl7 between the extensions

It’s a tight fit for Markel Irizar’s (RadioShack) PowerControl7 between the extensions
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Irizar’s new Prologo TT Zero saddle uses gripping material to keep the rider planted when riding on the nose

Irizar’s new Prologo TT Zero saddle uses gripping material to keep the rider planted when riding on the nose
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A fleet of new Lapierre Aerostorm has a number of innovations on the previous model…

A fleet of new Lapierre Aerostorm has a number of innovations on the previous model…
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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 Including the front brake integrated into the chunky front fork

Including the front brake integrated into the chunky front fork
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The fork and frame shape are continuous to smooth airflow

The fork and frame shape are continuous to smooth airflow
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Holes in the stem are covered to reduce minute turbulence

Holes in the stem are covered to reduce minute turbulence
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The Felt DA’s integrated steering assembly is similar to the Look 596, used by Cofidis

The Felt DA’s integrated steering assembly is similar to the Look 596, used by Cofidis
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Phil Gilbert (BMC) was using this plain white saddle. The Selle Italia shell looks modified and re-covered – probably an old Flite

Phil Gilbert (BMC) was using this plain white saddle. The Selle Italia shell looks modified and re-covered – probably an old Flite
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) claimed narrow victory in the flat 33km time trial to Mont-Saint-Michel on a Specialized Shiv, over Team Sky’s yellow jersey holder Chris Froome, who rode a Pinarello Bolide to further extend his overall race lead.

Martin’s win was an apt reward for a tough start to the 2013 Tour de France – he had been hospitalised on stage one following a huge crash as the race closed in for the sprint in Bastia.

While the German world TT champ collected yet another win with the Shiv, adding to the undoubted pedigree of the frame, there was a raft on new kit on display at the start of stage 11 in Avranches too.

Yesterday, Focus launched the new Izalco Max and Izalco Chrono – and the new TT frame turned up today under Jean-Christophe Peraud and others on the Ag2r La Mondiale team.

Lapierre has also updated its Aerostorm TT bike, integrating the brake into the front fork.

Elsewhere, Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) was wearing special edition Shimano R320 shoes in electric blue, and world Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was using what appeared to be a modified and re-covered saddle.

As usual there were some nifty fixes, too, with perhaps the best being the chain catcher on Chris Froome’s (Sky) Pinarello Bolide: an allen key holder. Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) had a custom-machined SRM PowerControl mount.

Check out the photo gallery at the above right for all the details.