Alpecin-Fenix go all-in with sponsor-incorrect tech as Van der Poel fights to keep yellow

Matheiu Van der Poel's non-sponsor tech
Matheiu Van der Poel's non-sponsor setup for the Tour de France stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)

In the run-up to the stage 5 time trial of this year's Tour de France, Mathieu Van der Poel's Alpecin-Fenix team showcased the extreme lengths they would go to in order to keep their leader in yellow. The team bought a pair of Princeton Carbonworks wheels, employing someone to drive 900km north from Andorra to hand-deliver them to the team.

However, that's not the only way in which the team shunned sponsor-correctness for the stage 5 time trial, as Van der Poel is kitted out with an array of non-sponsor tech to minimise his drag and maximise his efficiency.

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.