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Greg Van Avermaet's gold BMC Teammachine – Gallery

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A close-up of the seatpost area

A close-up of the seatpost area
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Everything Greg Van Avermaet touches turns to gold

Everything Greg Van Avermaet touches turns to gold
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
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The neat rear drop outs

The neat rear drop outs
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The gold bottom bracket area shone in the sun

The gold bottom bracket area shone in the sun
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The rear brake cable passes through the gap in the top tube

The rear brake cable passes through the gap in the top tube
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This is the special gold BMC Teammachine SLR01

This is the special gold BMC Teammachine SLR01
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The gear and brake cables pass through the head tube

The gear and brake cables pass through the head tube
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The chunky bottom bracket can easily be accessed

The chunky bottom bracket can easily be accessed
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The 120mm 3T stem can be raised a little if needed

The 120mm 3T stem can be raised a little if needed
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The BMC Time Machine SLR01 is UCI approved for competition

The BMC Time Machine SLR01 is UCI approved for competition
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The Shimano Dura-Ace rear mech is fitted to a BMC gear hanger

The Shimano Dura-Ace rear mech is fitted to a BMC gear hanger
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BMC uses Dura-Ace C35 wheels and Continental tyres

BMC uses Dura-Ace C35 wheels and Continental tyres
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Greg van Avermaet's gold BMC Time Machine SLR01 bike

Greg van Avermaet's gold BMC Time Machine SLR01 bike
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The top tube of the BMC Time Machine SLR01

The top tube of the BMC Time Machine SLR01
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This is Greg van Avermaet's bike

This is Greg van Avermaet's bike
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Van Avermaet's race number for the Abu Dhabi Tour

Van Avermaet's race number for the Abu Dhabi Tour
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The gold Fizik Antares saddle

The gold Fizik Antares saddle
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Van Avermaet has a special gold SRM PC8 unit

Van Avermaet has a special gold SRM PC8 unit
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The tube shapes can clearly be seen

The tube shapes can clearly be seen
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The Shimano Dura-Ace front hub and BMC fork

The Shimano Dura-Ace front hub and BMC fork
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The unique BMC seatpost design

The unique BMC seatpost design
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) ended his hugely successful season at the recent Abu Dhabi Tour, racing on his special gold BMC Teammachine SLR01 bike given to him to celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's road race at the Rio Olympics.

International Olympic Committee rules do not allow athletes to wear the Olympic rings as a sign of success and so BMC and Van Avermaet have gone for a gold bike and gold touches to the Belgian's jersey on the sleeves, collar and around the BMC logo. However, the colours of the Olympic rings have also been painted on the side of the top tube. Van Avermaet was also sorting some metallic gold Oakley sunglasses.

We studied the bike before the start of a stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, before Van Avermaet went on the attack for the final time of the 2016 season. He used the same bike to win the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal race in Canada and in the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar, where he placed 10th.

The chunky but solid tube shapes had collected a few flies during the high-speed transfer to the stage start but still the gold finish shone brightly in the sun. Van Avermaet raced with number 11 during the Abu Dhabi Tour. On this occasion, his bike was also fitted with the Velon data unit under the saddle that produced live data during the race.

The BMC Teammachine is a standard team issued bike, fitted with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic drivetrain and Shimano C35 wheels fitted with Continental Pro ltd tyres. It has a black 3T ARX 120mm stem and Ergonova bars. Fizik has supplied a custom Antares Saddle while there is a gold PC8 head unit courtesy of SRM.

Cyclingnews understands Van Avermaet will use a similar gold bike in 2017 and possibly for the four years he remains as Olympic road race champion.