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Factor present AG2R-La Mondiale with 2017 team bike - Gallery

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Romain Bardet seems to like the weight of the Factor O2

Romain Bardet seems to like the weight of the Factor O2
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Romain Bardet with his 2017 Factor O2 bike

Romain Bardet with his 2017 Factor O2 bike
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The filled in area at the seat tube junction

The filled in area at the seat tube junction
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AG2R-La Mondiale will use Factor bikes in 2017

AG2R-La Mondiale will use Factor bikes in 2017
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A detail of the Factor O2 frame

A detail of the Factor O2 frame
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The bottom bracket area of the Factor O2

The bottom bracket area of the Factor O2
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The AG2R-La Mondiale team will use SRM power metres in 2017

The AG2R-La Mondiale team will use SRM power metres in 2017
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Baden Cooke and Romain Bardet with the Factor O2

Baden Cooke and Romain Bardet with the Factor O2
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Factor co-owner Baden Cooke shows Romain Bardet the new bike

Factor co-owner Baden Cooke shows Romain Bardet the new bike
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The AG2R-La Mondiale team will switch from SRAM to Shmisno for 017

The AG2R-La Mondiale team will switch from SRAM to Shmisno for 017
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The AG2R-La Mondiale mechanics get a lesson from Shimano

The AG2R-La Mondiale mechanics get a lesson from Shimano
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The Factor O2 bike was present in the Alps

The Factor O2 bike was present in the Alps
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A close-up of the Black Inc curved drop bars

A close-up of the Black Inc curved drop bars
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The big bottom bracket area and the THM made SRM crank

The big bottom bracket area and the THM made SRM crank
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The carbon Mavic front hub

The carbon Mavic front hub
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AG2R-La Mondiale will ride Shimano in 2017

AG2R-La Mondiale will ride Shimano in 2017
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The bike is a sky blue colour with white graphics

The bike is a sky blue colour with white graphics
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The carbon crank on the Shimano-SRM chainset

The carbon crank on the Shimano-SRM chainset
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The front end of the Factor O2

The front end of the Factor O2
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There are lots of carbon fibre components on the Factor O2

There are lots of carbon fibre components on the Factor O2
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The blue and white fizik Antares

The blue and white fizik Antares
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Riders check out the details of the Factor O2 frames

Riders check out the details of the Factor O2 frames
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The AG2R-La Mondiale Factor O2 bike

The AG2R-La Mondiale Factor O2 bike
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The AG2R-La Mondiale team saw the Factor bikes they will use in 2017 for the first time on Tuesday at a get together in the Alps. 

Team leader Romain Bardet has been testing the bike in recent months and Cyclingnews understands the French Grand Tour contender is set to spend time in the wind tunnel on Thursday helping Factor owners Baden Cooke and Rob Gitelis further develop the Factor time trial bike.

The team will use the Factor O2 for both stage races and the cobbled Classics. The time trial bike is expected to be ready in time for Paris-Nice in March. Riders could also receive a new aero bike sometime in 2017. It is the first time Factor will supply a WorldTour team after working with the British One Pro Cycling Professional Continental team in 2016.

AG2R-La Mondiale used Focus bikes for the last four years and helped develop the SRAM eTap wireless electronic shifting system. However, the French team will switch to Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 in 2017, with Mavic wheels and the lightweight SRM carbon crankset made with German carbon specialists THM. Shimano technicians were also at the AG2R-La Mondiale camp to teach the mechanics how to service and repair the components.

The team issue Factor O2 is a sky blue colour, with touches of white on the forks and seat tube, with a white Factor logo on the down tube. Other components include a Fizik saddle, Black Inc bar, stem and seat post and CeramicSpeed bearings. Factor claims the O2 model weighs just 740g.

Factor Bikes Co-owners Baden Cooke and Rob Gitelis presented the bike, with Bardet happy to show of the bike's light weight by lifting it with a finger.

"I am very proud to present this bike to Team AG2R La Mondiale. Myself, Rob Gitelis and the entire Factor engineering Team have worked tirelessly to ensure the team has the best bike in the World Tour in 2017. I wish I had this bike when I was racing," Cooke said.

Time trial and aero bike under development

Factor CEO Scott Davies told Cyclingnews that the new time trial will retain Factor's so-called twin vane split downtube.

"We're super stoked about the bike, there's a lot of work going into it. Quite a few elements that have never been done before. We're keeping a split twin vein down tube, we've made it even wider, so turbulent air can pass through the bike to give an aero advantage," Davies said.

"We're hopeful they'll see it before the Tour, but there's quite a lot of development work with that bike. A lot of work that's been done with the TT bike will trickle down into that, including the bottom bracket and some of the tech being used there."