Tour de France gallery: Time trial tech from stage 11

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.



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Sam started as a trainee reporter on daily newspapers in the UK before moving to South Africa where he contributed to national cycling magazine Ride for three years. After moving back to the UK he joined Procycling as a staff writer in November 2010.