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Tour de France tech: Kemo's big debut

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Both Bretagne-Seche Environnement and Kemo bikes have made their Tour de France debut in 2014

Both Bretagne-Seche Environnement and Kemo bikes have made their Tour de France debut in 2014 (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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FSA Vision's Metron 40 wheelset is shod with some worn looking Challenge Strada tubulars that were most likely exchanged before race day

FSA Vision's Metron 40 wheelset is shod with some worn looking Challenge Strada tubulars that were most likely exchanged before race day (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The Kemo's impressively beefy bottom bracket area, and Di2 battery mounted beneath the left chainstay

The Kemo's impressively beefy bottom bracket area, and Di2 battery mounted beneath the left chainstay (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Delaplace uses Look Keo Blade 2 pedals, with the 16Nm release tension and basic Cromoly axle

Delaplace uses Look Keo Blade 2 pedals, with the 16Nm release tension and basic Cromoly axle (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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A pair of French Zefal carbon cages take care of bidon duty

A pair of French Zefal carbon cages take care of bidon duty (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Rather than use the mechanic's favourite gaffer or electrical tape to prevent valve stems rattling in the rim holes, Bretagne Seche have these clever silicone covers

Rather than use the mechanic's favourite gaffer or electrical tape to prevent valve stems rattling in the rim holes, Bretagne Seche have these clever silicone covers (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The rear derailleur's Di2 cable exits neatly above the dropout, but has no grommet sealing the hole

The rear derailleur's Di2 cable exits neatly above the dropout, but has no grommet sealing the hole (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Delaplace has kept faith with an older Selle Itallia saddle

Delaplace has kept faith with an older Selle Itallia saddle (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The seat stays cross the seat tube before joining the top tube, enlarging the junction for strength

The seat stays cross the seat tube before joining the top tube, enlarging the junction for strength (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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An almost flat sided transition from head tube to top and down tubes

An almost flat sided transition from head tube to top and down tubes (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Textreme is a high quality high tensile strength carbon layer used for increasing stiffness and durability while remaining ultra light

Textreme is a high quality high tensile strength carbon layer used for increasing stiffness and durability while remaining ultra light (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Anthony Delaplace's bike now sports a rather more professional looking name sticker, almost covering up the previously handwritten name

Anthony Delaplace's bike now sports a rather more professional looking name sticker, almost covering up the previously handwritten name (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The Kemo KE-R8's head tube is parallel sided and averagely wide

The Kemo KE-R8's head tube is parallel sided and averagely wide (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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FSA are a major component sponsor of the team, and take care of the cockpit too

FSA are a major component sponsor of the team, and take care of the cockpit too (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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FSA's distinctive K-Force Light carbon crank is a departure from the team's Shimano groupset

FSA's distinctive K-Force Light carbon crank is a departure from the team's Shimano groupset (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The Di2 cable entry in to the down tube uses obvious mechanical ports, and again lacks a specific grommet

The Di2 cable entry in to the down tube uses obvious mechanical ports, and again lacks a specific grommet (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)

This article was originally published on BikeRadar.

Kemo is not a giant among bike brands, and Bretagne-Séché Envinronnement is not a giant among cycling teams, but both are happy to be in the Tour de France for the first time this year. Here, we take a look at the machine of Anthony Delaplace, currently 84th on general classification.

Delaplace is a 24-year-old Frenchman who first rode the Tour in 2011.

Kemo Bikes is even younger. Based in Switzerland, the brand relaunched last year selling bikes consumer-direct. The Team Replica Kemo KE-R8 5KS, built with largely the same as the bike shown here with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 but with Vision Metron 55 wheels and Maxxis rubber, sells for €6,599 (US$8,885 / £5,230).

Check out the gallery above for a close look at Delaplace's set-up, and check out www.kemobikes.com for more on the upstart brand.

Complete bike specifications

• Frameset: Kemo KE-R8 5KS Textreme
• Fork: Monocoque 60T carbon fibre
• Stem: FSA SL-K, 130mm, 6 degrees
• Handlebars: FSA Energy compact carbon, 42cm
• Handlebar tape: Kemo micro fibre
• Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
• Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
• Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
• Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
• Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25t
• Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
• Crankset: FSA K-Force Light, 172.5mm, 53/39t
• Bottom bracket: FSA BB386 Evo
• Power meter: N/A
• Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2, Cromoly axle, 16Nm
• Wheels: FSA Vision Metron 40
• Tyres: Challenge Strada Pro Special Edition 25mm tubular
• Saddle: Selle Italia Flite team edition
• Seatpost: FSA Gossamer aluminium 27.2mm
• Weight: 7.33kg / 16.15lb
Critical measurements
• Rider's height: 1.79m (5ft 8in)
• Reach, saddle tip to bar: 57cm
• Drop, saddle top to handlebar top: 12.5cm
• Saddle setback: 6cm
• Saddle height: 74cm