Following the Belgian's victory in Montreal, eagle-eyed viewers noticed the gold-accented bike was, in fact, an updated version of the TCR. Van Avermaet was aboard a rim brake model which looks to feature an aerodynamically optimised head tube and newly shaped fork legs.
Photos from the more-recent Gooikse Pijl confirm a disc brake model also exists, with a front brake hose that is integrated through the fork. Van Avermaet was also seen running Dura-Ace disc brakes during a recent training ride in Yorkshire.
In a refusal to follow the current trend of lowered seat stays, Giant has stuck with the more traditional frame shape with the ISP (integrated seat post) that featured on the previous model TCR launched in 2016.
When asked about his new bike, Van Avermaet confirmed the news:
"Last weekend I tested the disc bike as I think it could be important in these conditions. I’ve never been a big fan of them so far but in these conditions, it could be the right decision. I tested it last week in dry conditions and on Sunday I’ll probably ride a disc. I have some experience of racing on disc from BMC at races like Suisse. Everything is on point with the bike and it’s a new frame too."
Cyclingnews reached out to Giant, who said "the team is always testing new equipment, and indeed Greg Van Avermaet has reconned on a next-generation bike and may race it on Sunday."
Jonas Koch is also set to use the new TCR for Sunday's World Championships road race, having also been seen riding the bike at Gooikse Pijl in Belgium.
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