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Greg Van Avermaet's 2018 BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc - Gallery

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Greg Van Avermaet's BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc

Greg Van Avermaet's BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The seat clamp of the BMC Teammachine is tightened on the internal junction of the seat tube and top tube

The seat clamp of the BMC Teammachine is tightened on the internal junction of the seat tube and top tube (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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BMC run 140mm disc brake rotors at the rear of the bike

BMC run 140mm disc brake rotors at the rear of the bike (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The team will use Shimano's power meter in 2018

The team will use Shimano's power meter in 2018 (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Elite provide the bottles and Cannibal bottle cages

Elite provide the bottles and Cannibal bottle cages (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 wheels for the Olympic champion

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 wheels for the Olympic champion (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The Teammachine SLR01 is designed for use with 25mm tyres, but has room for 28mm

The Teammachine SLR01 is designed for use with 25mm tyres, but has room for 28mm (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Subtle details adorn the top tube

Subtle details adorn the top tube (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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An integrated cockpit system allows front end adjustment while keeping the cables hidden away

An integrated cockpit system allows front end adjustment while keeping the cables hidden away (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The BMC Teammachine SLR01 disc is optimised for 160mm rotors at the front and 140mm at the rear

The BMC Teammachine SLR01 disc is optimised for 160mm rotors at the front and 140mm at the rear (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The ultra-light 'skeleton' rear derailleur hanger

The ultra-light 'skeleton' rear derailleur hanger (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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A closer look at the 53/39 Dura-Ace R9100-P series crankset, with Shimano's new power meter

A closer look at the 53/39 Dura-Ace R9100-P series crankset, with Shimano's new power meter (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The BMC is paired with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 electronic groupset with hydraulic disc brakes

The BMC is paired with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 electronic groupset with hydraulic disc brakes (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The bike is equipped with 160mm disc rotors on the front wheel

The bike is equipped with 160mm disc rotors on the front wheel (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Marking the seat post allows for quick and easy bike setup for team mechanics

Marking the seat post allows for quick and easy bike setup for team mechanics (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Van Avermaet opts for an all black Fizik Antares saddle

Van Avermaet opts for an all black Fizik Antares saddle (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Disc brakes result in clean seat stays and fork crowns

Disc brakes result in clean seat stays and fork crowns (Image credit: Daniel Benson)

Ahead of the 2018 season, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet has been testing the BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc at a BMC Racing Team training camp in Denia, Spain.

The disc brake version of BMC's flagship race bike was launched alongside the rim brake model ahead of the Tour de France last summer, but the team has yet to use it in a race.

BMC Racing has also committed to using a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series groupset for 2018, with Shimano's new integrated power meter. In 2017, BMC Racing used SRM power meters and head units.

BMC designed the Teammachine SLR01 with near identical geometry for both the rim brake and disc brake versions of the frame, meaning their riders can switch between the frames with minimal handling differences.

While disc brakes will perform well in the often wet and muddy conditions of the spring Classics, Van Avermaet's bread and butter, the complications that occur with getting wheel changes from neutral services and even team mechanics may restrict their use in the bigger one-day races.

Tom Boonen famously took the first professional road win on disc brakes at the start of the 2017 season, but chose to race his final Paris-Roubaix on a rim brake version of the Specialized Roubaix, which is not yet available for consumers.

It is understood the UCI allowed special dispensation for the prototype bike that failed during the race for Niki Terpstra, causing the former winner to crash out.

Last season, Greg Van Avermaet won Paris-Roubaix on the more endurance focused BMC Granfondo RBX frameset equipped with 30mm Vittoria tubular tyres. While the Teammachine SLR01 has tyre clearances up to 28mm and could work on the cobbled bergs of Flanders, the brutal cobbles of Roubaix may be too much for the more aggressive Teammachine frame.

The Teammachine SLR01 disc is optimised for 160mm rotors on the front and 140mm on the rear, although it can accommodate 160mm at the rear.

Alongside the BMC and Shimano components, Van Avermaet runs 3T Ernova Ltd Stealth carbon handlebars and an all-black Fizik Antares saddle.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the Olympic champion's bike.

Full Specification

Frame: BMC Teammachine SLR01 disc-specific
Fork: Teammachine SLR01 premium carbon disc specific
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-R9170 with 160mm RT99-S rotor
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-R9170 with 140mm RT99-A-SS rotor
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170, 11-28
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P with integrated power meter, 172.5mm cranks, 53/39 chainrings
Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, C40
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa, 25mm tubular
Handlebars: 3T Ernova Ltd Stealth
Stem: BMC ICS 01 integrated cockpit design
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Seat post: BMC Teammachine SLR01 D premium carbon
Bottle cages: Elite Cannibal