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Criterium du Dauphine: Time trial tech and start line gallery

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Each rider has a dedicated team car following them, marked with their name ahead of the start

Each rider has a dedicated team car following them, marked with their name ahead of the start
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The race organisation attaches the rider's name to the delegated team car on the start line

The race organisation attaches the rider's name to the delegated team car on the start line
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A look at the Bahrain-Merida time trial bike line-up

A look at the Bahrain-Merida time trial bike line-up
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A few of the Cannondale-Drapac riders were equipped with CeramicSpeed rear derailleurs and chains coated with performance lubricant

A few of the Cannondale-Drapac riders were equipped with CeramicSpeed rear derailleurs and chains coated with performance lubricant
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Cannondale-Drapc's bikes prepared for the warm-up

Cannondale-Drapc's bikes prepared for the warm-up
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Davide Formolo rode the stage on the new Cannondale Super Slice

Davide Formolo rode the stage on the new Cannondale Super Slice
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Cannondale-Drapac have had a handful of riders on the Super Slice disc at time trials throughout the season

Cannondale-Drapac have had a handful of riders on the Super Slice disc at time trials throughout the season
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Ignatas Konovalovas is the Lithuanian national time trial champion

Ignatas Konovalovas is the Lithuanian national time trial champion
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Thomas De Gendt has enjoyed a few days in the leader's jersey and will take home some gifts for his children

Thomas De Gendt has enjoyed a few days in the leader's jersey and will take home some gifts for his children
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Of course the Delko Marseille Provence KTM team were equipped with KTM's famous gold chains

Of course the Delko Marseille Provence KTM team were equipped with KTM's famous gold chains
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Delko Marseille Provence's KTM Team TT time trial bikes

Delko Marseille Provence's KTM Team TT time trial bikes
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Each bike was inspected by the UCI ahead of the stage

Each bike was inspected by the UCI ahead of the stage
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Peter Kennaugh's Fizik saddle had some grippy rubber glued to his saddle to stay in the optimum position during the time trial

Peter Kennaugh's Fizik saddle had some grippy rubber glued to his saddle to stay in the optimum position during the time trial
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Nearly all of the Team Sky riders had K-Edge computer mounts attached to their handlebar extensions

Nearly all of the Team Sky riders had K-Edge computer mounts attached to their handlebar extensions
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Peter Kennaugh also ran the 58T chainrings

Peter Kennaugh also ran the 58T chainrings
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Most of the Team Sky riders had no handlebar tape, opting just for grip tape

Most of the Team Sky riders had no handlebar tape, opting just for grip tape
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Team Sky riders each had a Wahoo Kickr setup for their warm-ups

Team Sky riders each had a Wahoo Kickr setup for their warm-ups
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A Quick-Step mechanic works on Enrico Mas' Specialied Shiv, another bike to feature the 58T chainrings

A Quick-Step mechanic works on Enrico Mas' Specialied Shiv, another bike to feature the 58T chainrings
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Alexander Kristoff's custom rear Zipp wheel

Alexander Kristoff's custom rear Zipp wheel
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Team Sunweb have a few wheels to choose from

Team Sunweb have a few wheels to choose from
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A look at the Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 rear wheel

A look at the Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 rear wheel
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Pro Continental team Wanty-Groupe Gobert use Cube C68 as their TT offering

Pro Continental team Wanty-Groupe Gobert use Cube C68 as their TT offering
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A mechanic prepares Alberto Contador's bike ahead of the stage start

A mechanic prepares Alberto Contador's bike ahead of the stage start
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The Factor Slick has a split down tube, which Factor claims allows air to flow through, as well as around the bike for reduced drag

The Factor Slick has a split down tube, which Factor claims allows air to flow through, as well as around the bike for reduced drag
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The UFO chain receives a special treatment, which offers reduced friction

The UFO chain receives a special treatment, which offers reduced friction
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Romain Bardet appeared to be running the CeramicSpeed UFO chain

Romain Bardet appeared to be running the CeramicSpeed UFO chain
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Alberto Contador's primary bike ran a de-stickered Shimano PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheel

Alberto Contador's primary bike ran a de-stickered Shimano PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheel
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Both of Alberto Contador's bikes were equipped with Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels

Both of Alberto Contador's bikes were equipped with Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels
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It appeared Trek-Segafredo stickered up a Lightweight Autobahn wheel with Bontrager branding

It appeared Trek-Segafredo stickered up a Lightweight Autobahn wheel with Bontrager branding
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Froome ran 22mm tubular tyres in spite of Shimano's minimum tyre width safety restriction of 24mm and the wheel failure at Tirreno-Adriatico

Froome ran 22mm tubular tyres in spite of Shimano's minimum tyre width safety restriction of 24mm and the wheel failure at Tirreno-Adriatico
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Froome's marginal gains extended to his computer with the aerodynamic Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

Froome's marginal gains extended to his computer with the aerodynamic Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
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Chris Froome's assymetric 58/46T chainring

Chris Froome's assymetric 58/46T chainring
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Ian Stannard was all smiles ahead of the stage start but pulled out of the race following the time trial due to illness

Ian Stannard was all smiles ahead of the stage start but pulled out of the race following the time trial due to illness
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A closer look at the KTM TT offering

A closer look at the KTM TT offering
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert mechanics double check handlebar setups for their riders

Wanty-Groupe Gobert mechanics double check handlebar setups for their riders
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Trek-Segafredo riders warm-up in the shade ahead of the start in a sunny La Tour-Du-Pin

Trek-Segafredo riders warm-up in the shade ahead of the start in a sunny La Tour-Du-Pin
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Orica-Scott usually run Shimano wheels and paired the Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels with PRO 3-Spoke Textreme front wheels

Orica-Scott usually run Shimano wheels and paired the Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels with PRO 3-Spoke Textreme front wheels
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The entire Orica-Scott team ran, what appear to be, Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels

The entire Orica-Scott team ran, what appear to be, Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels
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Bora-Hansgrohe ran a mix of Shimano and Roval wheels

Bora-Hansgrohe ran a mix of Shimano and Roval wheels
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All of the Specialized Shiv framesets have a flat top tube, excluding the XS frame size, which features a kick at the head of the top tube

All of the Specialized Shiv framesets have a flat top tube, excluding the XS frame size, which features a kick at the head of the top tube
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Nicolas Roche prepares his bike ahead of a course recce

Nicolas Roche prepares his bike ahead of a course recce
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LottoNL-Jumbo paired the chainrings with Aerozine titanium crank bolts

LottoNL-Jumbo paired the chainrings with Aerozine titanium crank bolts
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Several riders across various teams were running 58T specially produced chainrings

Several riders across various teams were running 58T specially produced chainrings
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Many saddles were set forward to the maximum limits

Many saddles were set forward to the maximum limits
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As with the Team Sunweb road bikes, Giant produce in house finishing kits and components

As with the Team Sunweb road bikes, Giant produce in house finishing kits and components
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Giant's time trial offering is the Trinity Advanced

Giant's time trial offering is the Trinity Advanced
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Team Sunweb's Chad Haga rode to an impressive 5th place on the stage

Team Sunweb's Chad Haga rode to an impressive 5th place on the stage
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Even the brake pad holders are carbon

Even the brake pad holders are carbon
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A few Cofidis riders ran Vision TriMax aero brakes

A few Cofidis riders ran Vision TriMax aero brakes
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A choice Vision Metron wheels available for the French Pro Continental outfit

A choice Vision Metron wheels available for the French Pro Continental outfit
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Cofidis appeared to use TruRig OmegaX direct mount brakes with some of the aero covers removed

Cofidis appeared to use TruRig OmegaX direct mount brakes with some of the aero covers removed
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The trusty Garmin 500 still being used in WorldTour events

The trusty Garmin 500 still being used in WorldTour events
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The Orbea Ordu features less aero integration than some of the other TT bikes on display

The Orbea Ordu features less aero integration than some of the other TT bikes on display
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Team Cofidis rode Orbea Ordus for the time trial

Team Cofidis rode Orbea Ordus for the time trial
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The brake covers improve aerodynamics and have to be removed for setup and maintenance

The brake covers improve aerodynamics and have to be removed for setup and maintenance
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The Aerostorm has removable brake covers to reduce air turbulance over the brake callipers

The Aerostorm has removable brake covers to reduce air turbulance over the brake callipers
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The Lapierre Aerostorm features 'Drag Reduction System' and there isn't a round profiled tube in sight

The Lapierre Aerostorm features 'Drag Reduction System' and there isn't a round profiled tube in sight
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55T outer chainrings were some of the smaller chainrings on display for the fairly flat course

55T outer chainrings were some of the smaller chainrings on display for the fairly flat course
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Fourth place for Stef Clement on the stage

Fourth place for Stef Clement on the stage
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Young American Alexey Vermeulen adds some customisation to his computer

Young American Alexey Vermeulen adds some customisation to his computer
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Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin opt for HED H3 front wheels over the team's Campagnolo Bora offerings

Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin opt for HED H3 front wheels over the team's Campagnolo Bora offerings
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Alberto Contador's Trek Emonda SLR Team Issue Race Shop Limited

Alberto Contador's Trek Emonda SLR Team Issue Race Shop Limited
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Concave downtubes and wide seat stays are common features across nearly all of the TT bikes on show

Concave downtubes and wide seat stays are common features across nearly all of the TT bikes on show
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Valverde went for a handlebar tape and grip tape combination on his bar extensions

Valverde went for a handlebar tape and grip tape combination on his bar extensions
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Alejandro Valverde was the only Movistar rider not to run a Campagnolo front wheel and opted for a HED H3

Alejandro Valverde was the only Movistar rider not to run a Campagnolo front wheel and opted for a HED H3
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Nicolas Roche was another rider on the 58T custom chain rings

Nicolas Roche was another rider on the 58T custom chain rings
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Nicolas Roche's BMC Timemachine01

Nicolas Roche's BMC Timemachine01
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The aero Mavic Comete front wheels were first seen at Scheldeprijs earlier this season

The aero Mavic Comete front wheels were first seen at Scheldeprijs earlier this season
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The Factor Slicks are paired with Mavic Comete wheels

The Factor Slicks are paired with Mavic Comete wheels
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AG2R La Mondiale's Factor Slick time trial bikes

AG2R La Mondiale's Factor Slick time trial bikes
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Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 series pedals still getting used in the WorldTour

Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 series pedals still getting used in the WorldTour
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Boasson Hagen had a PRO saddle with the branding blacked out with a marker pen

Boasson Hagen had a PRO saddle with the branding blacked out with a marker pen
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The bike is also equipped with a ROTOR chain catcher

The bike is also equipped with a ROTOR chain catcher
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Edvald Boasson Hagen's spare bike runs a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset to save costs

Edvald Boasson Hagen's spare bike runs a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset to save costs
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Edvald Boasson Hagen's spare bike is an off the shelf frameset

Edvald Boasson Hagen's spare bike is an off the shelf frameset
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Jay Thomson still has an MTN-Qhubeka frameset as a spare bike

Jay Thomson still has an MTN-Qhubeka frameset as a spare bike
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The oversized seat cluster on the Cervelo P5 adds both aerodynamic benefits and stiffness

The oversized seat cluster on the Cervelo P5 adds both aerodynamic benefits and stiffness
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Scott Thwaites' Cervelo P5 with a HED Jet and ENVE wheel combination

Scott Thwaites' Cervelo P5 with a HED Jet and ENVE wheel combination
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FDJ are equipped with Lapierre Aerostorm TT bikes

FDJ are equipped with Lapierre Aerostorm TT bikes
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The Criterium du Dauphine stage 4 time trial offered one of the final opportunities for the GC protagonists to test themselves ahead of the crucial time trials in next month's Tour de France. The 2017 Tour de France has nearly 40km of individual time trials over two stages, and with only five summit finishes in the entire race, are likely to prove crucial for the overall victory.

Individual time trial world champion, Tony Martin, was the favourite for the stage ahead of the start, but following a sensational performance from Richie Porte he had to settle for second place on the day.

The road stages of the Criterium du Dauphine have seen no less than four new framesets on display this year. Whilst the new Cannondale Super Slice and BMC Timemachine were raced during the stage for Cannondale-Drapac and BMC Racing respectively, both framesets have been seen at various time trials throughout the 2017 season.

Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) took a surprise victory at the Tour de Romandie prologue in April. Notably, the Italian opted to run a Lightweight Autobahn rear wheel as opposed to the offerings from team partner Bontrager. Alberto Contador continued this trend, with both his race bike and spare bike equipped with the German carbon specialists rear wheels. Atop of the Trek-Segafredo team car appeared to be another spare Lightweight Autobahn wheel, albeit featuring Bontrager stickers to perhaps conceal its true identity.

Alberto Contador also opted to run a Shimano PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheel, which had had its decals remove to further save Bontragers blushes.

Following the Lightweight trend, Orica-Scott had the entire team equipped with the same Lightweight Autobahn rear wheels, a recognition of the wheel's performance.

Following the dramatic wheel failure of the PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheel during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico in March, Shimano released a statement claiming Team Sky ran tyre widths less than the minimum safety restriction of 24mm. This decision likely caused the wheel failure at the Italian stage race, which thankfully did not cause any major injuries.

Shimano's subsequent statement and safety warning does not seem to have deterred Team Sky from running narrower tyres for time trials however, with Chris Froome running a 22mm Continental tubular tyre on the wheel.

Chris Froome's famous marginal gains didn't stop there. The three-time Tour de France champion was also equipped with an aerodynamic Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computer, the first cycling computer to feature prominent aerodynamic properties.

A relatively flat course invited large gearing for the 23.5km time trial. Many riders appeared to be running 58 tooth non-consumer Shimano 9000 series chain rings, whilst Chris Froome ran his famous oval chainrings in a 58/46T combination.

Cannondale-Drapac have featured their new Super Slice time trial bike at nearly every TT event so far this season, notably available in both calliper and disc brake options.

Click or swipe through the extensive gallery above to see what was on show for the Criterium du Dauphine stage 4 time trial.