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Giro d'Italia time trial tech gallery

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Pozzovivo's bike was deliberately parked with the drive side against the wall

Pozzovivo's bike was deliberately parked with the drive side against the wall
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FDJ's Lapierre Aerostorms were painted with an elongated French flag design on the top tube

FDJ's Lapierre Aerostorms were painted with an elongated French flag design on the top tube
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The team ride Guercotti Eclipse TT bikes, with colour coded Ursus wheels, FSA crank, Shimano Dura-Ace gearing and Time pedals

The team ride Guercotti Eclipse TT bikes, with colour coded Ursus wheels, FSA crank, Shimano Dura-Ace gearing and Time pedals
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Poland's CCC Sprandi Polkowice team have got orange covered. Even their base layers were orange

Poland's CCC Sprandi Polkowice team have got orange covered. Even their base layers were orange
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Campagnolo's Bora Ultra carbon TT crank is still an impressive thing

Campagnolo's Bora Ultra carbon TT crank is still an impressive thing
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his pair of Movistar team Canyon Speedmax machines show markedly different rider positions, and the hidden front brake

his pair of Movistar team Canyon Speedmax machines show markedly different rider positions, and the hidden front brake
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Movistar's Canyon Speedmax still has a down tube mounted external Campagnolo EPS battery

Movistar's Canyon Speedmax still has a down tube mounted external Campagnolo EPS battery
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The Plasma displays a perfectly neat cockpit, with Di2 wires routed in to the risers, and no cables or junction box on show

The Plasma displays a perfectly neat cockpit, with Di2 wires routed in to the risers, and no cables or junction box on show
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This pair of IAM Cycling Scott Plasmas were fitted with different rear tubulars - a 23mm on the left and 25mm on the right

This pair of IAM Cycling Scott Plasmas were fitted with different rear tubulars - a 23mm on the left and 25mm on the right
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This IAM Cycling Scott Plasma was topped with a Prologo Zero TT saddle with CPC grip material. The team mount their Di2 control boxes to the top of the seatpost, and this saddle also shows many riders' favourite post race drink

This IAM Cycling Scott Plasma was topped with a Prologo Zero TT saddle with CPC grip material. The team mount their Di2 control boxes to the top of the seatpost, and this saddle also shows many riders' favourite post race drink
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Giant's Trinitys had very busy left chainstays, with the rear brake, external Di2 battery, rider race chip and speed sensor

Giant's Trinitys had very busy left chainstays, with the rear brake, external Di2 battery, rider race chip and speed sensor
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The frame says it's a 2016 prototype model

The frame says it's a 2016 prototype model
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The fork has a definite Ridley Noah Fast look to it, with a carbon V-brake behind, and some less than ideal down tube cable routing

The fork has a definite Ridley Noah Fast look to it, with a carbon V-brake behind, and some less than ideal down tube cable routing
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We wouldn't recommend resting a pile of Canyon Speedmax machines on their delicate Campy bar end shifters

We wouldn't recommend resting a pile of Canyon Speedmax machines on their delicate Campy bar end shifters
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 Robin Wilmott/Immediate Media Giro d Italia time trial tech gallery Lapierre's Aerostorm has a neat cockpit design, although this particular bike sports a lot of riser spacers

Robin Wilmott/Immediate Media Giro d Italia time trial tech gallery Lapierre's Aerostorm has a neat cockpit design, although this particular bike sports a lot of riser spacers
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Team sponsor Garmin supplies the Virb action camera, which was used during the TTT

Team sponsor Garmin supplies the Virb action camera, which was used during the TTT
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The Cannondale Garmin riders formed a congratulatory huddle together as soon as they arrived back from the TTT

The Cannondale Garmin riders formed a congratulatory huddle together as soon as they arrived back from the TTT
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Tom Danielson rolls up to the team car after finishing the team time trial

Tom Danielson rolls up to the team car after finishing the team time trial
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Cannondale Garmin brought this all-black Slice RS TT bike in addition to their usual green, white and black livery

Cannondale Garmin brought this all-black Slice RS TT bike in addition to their usual green, white and black livery
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An IAM Cycling Scott Plasma with external Shimano Di2 battery mounted under the saddle

An IAM Cycling Scott Plasma with external Shimano Di2 battery mounted under the saddle
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The CXR 60T is an up-to-date modern rim at 27mm wide

The CXR 60T is an up-to-date modern rim at 27mm wide
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Mavic's CXR 80T and CXR 60T wheels on the roof of a Katusha team car

Mavic's CXR 80T and CXR 60T wheels on the roof of a Katusha team car
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Katusha's Canyon Speedmax machines had their brake pad wheel guides trimmed away; we're unsure why

Katusha's Canyon Speedmax machines had their brake pad wheel guides trimmed away; we're unsure why
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Giant Alpecin mount their Di2 control units beneath the saddle, in this case, less neatly

Giant Alpecin mount their Di2 control units beneath the saddle, in this case, less neatly
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As well as a minimalist electrical tape bar covering on this bike, the Giant Alpecin team also wrapped all of their risers with tape to cover the tiny gaps

As well as a minimalist electrical tape bar covering on this bike, the Giant Alpecin team also wrapped all of their risers with tape to cover the tiny gaps
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This angle shows the integrated design of the bar, and thick foam arm rests

This angle shows the integrated design of the bar, and thick foam arm rests
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The wireless rear deraileur looks to be fully finished and very unfussy, with the removable battery at the rear

The wireless rear deraileur looks to be fully finished and very unfussy, with the removable battery at the rear
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo had what looks to be Walser Bar 5 bars that incorporate armrests into the base bar. SRAM wireless shifters are visible beneath the bar tape on both the base bar and the extensions. The buttons look to be independent of the brake levers, and round in shape, possibly following the outline of a watch-style battery

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo had what looks to be Walser Bar 5 bars that incorporate armrests into the base bar. SRAM wireless shifters are visible beneath the bar tape on both the base bar and the extensions. The buttons look to be independent of the brake levers, and round in shape, possibly following the outline of a watch-style battery
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Pozzovivo also had SRAM's wireless groupset on two Focus Izalco Chrono TT machines. This looks to be the wireless receiver box, here mounted to a Garmin-type bracket on one of the TT extensions

Pozzovivo also had SRAM's wireless groupset on two Focus Izalco Chrono TT machines. This looks to be the wireless receiver box, here mounted to a Garmin-type bracket on one of the TT extensions
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But it was still possible to grab a look at the wireless rear derailleur

But it was still possible to grab a look at the wireless rear derailleur
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The AG2R riders wore these unusually textured overshoes in their quest for speed in the team time trial

The AG2R riders wore these unusually textured overshoes in their quest for speed in the team time trial
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo's regular Focus Izalco Max road bike was equipped with SRAM's wireless groupset

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo's regular Focus Izalco Max road bike was equipped with SRAM's wireless groupset
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Okay, so not strictly race tech, but a giant pink Mack truck full of speakers isn't something we see every day

Okay, so not strictly race tech, but a giant pink Mack truck full of speakers isn't something we see every day
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Pozzovivo has an extremely low time trial position

Pozzovivo has an extremely low time trial position
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The wireless SRAM satellite shifters are visible here in profile

The wireless SRAM satellite shifters are visible here in profile
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Nippo Vini Fantini's De Rosas were decked out with mechanical Campagnolo groupsets, but had a slightly fussy cable routing

Nippo Vini Fantini's De Rosas were decked out with mechanical Campagnolo groupsets, but had a slightly fussy cable routing
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PRO's Aerofuel time trial saddle on a Giant Alpecin team bike

PRO's Aerofuel time trial saddle on a Giant Alpecin team bike
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Another Etixx team bike's Specialized Sitero saddle showing the Di2 control box mounted beneath it

Another Etixx team bike's Specialized Sitero saddle showing the Di2 control box mounted beneath it
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Power2Max provide Etixx Quick Step with power meters, here fitted to an FSA K-Force Light crank, and 55t TT chain ring

Power2Max provide Etixx Quick Step with power meters, here fitted to an FSA K-Force Light crank, and 55t TT chain ring
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ljo Keisse's road bike has a long negative rise stem, K-Edge Garmin mount, bar tape right up to the Di2 sprint shifters squeezed up against it, and a top tube sticker in memory of former team mate Wouter Weyland, who tragically died in the 2011 Giro

ljo Keisse's road bike has a long negative rise stem, K-Edge Garmin mount, bar tape right up to the Di2 sprint shifters squeezed up against it, and a top tube sticker in memory of former team mate Wouter Weyland, who tragically died in the 2011 Giro
(Image credit: Robin Wilmott/Immediate Media)
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The Specialized Sitero TT saddle was a very popular choice

The Specialized Sitero TT saddle was a very popular choice
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Specialized stopped making this TTS saddle in 2014. But it's still the TT perch of choice for at least one Etixx-QuickStep team rider

Specialized stopped making this TTS saddle in 2014. But it's still the TT perch of choice for at least one Etixx-QuickStep team rider
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Australian time trial champion, and Team Sky's leader for this Giro, Richie Porte favours electrical tape only on his extension bars

Australian time trial champion, and Team Sky's leader for this Giro, Richie Porte favours electrical tape only on his extension bars
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Team Sky always draw a crowd. A team helper has to lift a Pinarello Bolide TT bike over the throng to load on to a team car

Team Sky always draw a crowd. A team helper has to lift a Pinarello Bolide TT bike over the throng to load on to a team car
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Eugenio Alafacio of Trek Factory Racing really didn't want to see his heart rate during the Giro's opening TTT

Eugenio Alafacio of Trek Factory Racing really didn't want to see his heart rate during the Giro's opening TTT
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BMC's Phillipe Gilbert chooses Fizik's Volta R1 saddle for daily duties

BMC's Phillipe Gilbert chooses Fizik's Volta R1 saddle for daily duties
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This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

The Giro d'Italia opened this year with a team time trial, and the world's best teams rolled to the start line with the fastest possible gear their sponsors could provide. Most notable was the somewhat-masked appearance of SRAM's wireless time-trial shifters for its not-yet-released electronic group. SRAM-sponsored AG2R La Mondiale had Focus Izalco Chrono bikes with shift buttons on the extensions and base bar wrapped underneath the bar tape.

SRAM declined to comment on the shifters, but we were able to photograph them from several angles. It appears they could function in the same way as the SRAM electronic road shifters, with a single button being used on each side — left shifts the rear derailleur up, right shifts the rear derailleur down and both buttons pressed at the same time moves the front derailleur.

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo had bespoke time-trial bars on his Focus Izalco Chrono that provided him an ultra-low position. Pozzovivo, who won stage 3 of the Giro del Trentinto using SRAM electric, crashed out of the Giro on stage 3. Pozzovivo previously told Cyclingnews that he likes electric shifting. "When you get used to it, it feels easier than mechanical gears," Pozzovivo told Cyclingnews.

Wires from four SRAM shifters feed into this junction box, which may communicate wirelessly with the derailleurs

For a detailed look at the bikes and gear of the Giro d'Italia team time trial, look through the gallery above.