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Bora-Argon 18 with special edition Gallium's for Paris-Roubaix

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This is the bike that Scott Thwaites will be racing at Paris-Roubaix

This is the bike that Scott Thwaites will be racing at Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Easy access Di2 sprint shifters

Easy access Di2 sprint shifters
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Double-taped Prologo bar tape for Bora-Argon 18

Double-taped Prologo bar tape for Bora-Argon 18
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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The rear stays

The rear stays
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Plenty of clearance for the rear wheel with TRP brakes

Plenty of clearance for the rear wheel with TRP brakes
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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The Classics Edition of the Gallium

The Classics Edition of the Gallium
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Bora-Argon 18 claim the frame is lightweight, rigid and comfortable. All key components to success on the cobbles

Bora-Argon 18 claim the frame is lightweight, rigid and comfortable. All key components to success on the cobbles
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Tacx Deva bottle cages keep the bidons on place

Tacx Deva bottle cages keep the bidons on place
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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The team has specced power2max power meters and FSA cranks with 53/44 rings

The team has specced power2max power meters and FSA cranks with 53/44 rings
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Shimano Dura Ace Di2 is the choice of derailleur

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 is the choice of derailleur
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The team is running Vison Metron 40 wheels with Vittoria Pave tyres

The team is running Vison Metron 40 wheels with Vittoria Pave tyres
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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GA is the chemical symbol for Gallium

GA is the chemical symbol for Gallium
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Lots of clearance for the front wheel as well

Lots of clearance for the front wheel as well
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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TRP brakes front and back for Bora-Argon 18

TRP brakes front and back for Bora-Argon 18
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)
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Speedplay Zero Pavé pedals for Bora-Argon 18

Speedplay Zero Pavé pedals for Bora-Argon 18
(Image credit: BORA – ARGON 18/Stiehl)

German Pro-Continental team Bora-Argon 18 will line up Paris-Roubaix with special edition Gallium's ready for the 57.5km of pavé in this year's race. The "Classics Edition" of the Gallium features a reworked rear stays and lay-up of the fork to better the absorption of the vibrations and impacts that riders encounter during the 253km race. Argon 18 and the team have been testing the bike during the classics season with several top five finishes but without tasting victory.

The Gallium for Paris-Rouabix also has has increased clearance to fit Vision's Metron 40 wheels with the team opting for 28mm Vittoria Pave tyres which will be inflated to 5.5-6.0bar.

"Paris-Roubaix is such a special race that it's simply required to have special bike setups," said team manager Ralph Denk. "One must find the right balance between handling and comfort on 50km of cobblestones as well as the rigidity you need on the other 200km. But then you can't experiment in the race itself. Once a rider lines-up in Compiègne he needs to trust completely in his material. We are more than happy that Argon 18 provided us already back in February with different classic set-ups that we tested in diverse races. The classics edition turns out to be very reliable and to go as smoothly as possible with the various components."

To further increase comfort, several riders are opting for double wrapped bar tape while on-bar Di2 shifters and an extra brake lever have been added to help the riders handling during the pavé sectors.

"We wanted to be proactive and get in front of the team's needs by providing bicycles adapted to the unique race conditions at Paris-Roubaix, and to the Northern Classics before that race," said president of Argon 18 Gervais Rioux. "It is important for us that athletes approach every event with absolute confidence in their equipment. By providing the most competitive bike possible, we ensure a favourable environment for them to perform and, therefore, to obtain results."

Have a look through the gallery of the Gallium that Scott Thwaites will ride at Paris-Roubaix.