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Only some of the BMC Racing team have been given the latest Teammachine SLR01 framesets, launched officially last week in Switzerland

Only some of the BMC Racing team have been given the latest Teammachine SLR01 framesets, launched officially last week in Switzerland
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Ben Swift talks his former teammates through his UAE Team Emirates Colnago C60

Ben Swift talks his former teammates through his UAE Team Emirates Colnago C60
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The KTM Revelator features a neat seat post clamp mechanism

The KTM Revelator features a neat seat post clamp mechanism
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Siskevicius of Delko Marseille Provence was running a low and long Ritchey stem aboard his KTM Revelator

Siskevicius of Delko Marseille Provence was running a low and long Ritchey stem aboard his KTM Revelator
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Contador's third bike is his custom painted Trek Project One Madone

Contador's third bike is his custom painted Trek Project One Madone
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Alberto Contador has been running Continental Competition tubular tyres at the race, the only Trek-Segafredo rider to do so

Alberto Contador has been running Continental Competition tubular tyres at the race, the only Trek-Segafredo rider to do so
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The new Cervelo R5 was first spotted at the Dubai Tour earlier this year in obscuring balck and white livery. This is the latest R5 in the Dimension Data team colours

The new Cervelo R5 was first spotted at the Dubai Tour earlier this year in obscuring balck and white livery. This is the latest R5 in the Dimension Data team colours
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Dimension Data run ROTOR cranksets, powermeters and out-front mounts

Dimension Data run ROTOR cranksets, powermeters and out-front mounts
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Fouriers produce a Shimano Di2 junction box mount that sits below the stem without the need for cable ties or rubber bands and doubles up as a spacer

Fouriers produce a Shimano Di2 junction box mount that sits below the stem without the need for cable ties or rubber bands and doubles up as a spacer
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Irish national champion Nico Roche wears Oakley Jawbreakers customised by Optiek van Gorp

Irish national champion Nico Roche wears Oakley Jawbreakers customised by Optiek van Gorp
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Cannondale-Drapac use Tacx Neo trainers for warm-ups and warm-downs

Cannondale-Drapac use Tacx Neo trainers for warm-ups and warm-downs
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Dan Martin is riding the race on what we suspect to be the 2018 Specialized Tarmac

Dan Martin is riding the race on what we suspect to be the 2018 Specialized Tarmac
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Haimar Zubeldia (Trek-Segafredo) wears the new Bontrager helmet, seen for the first time at the race

Haimar Zubeldia (Trek-Segafredo) wears the new Bontrager helmet, seen for the first time at the race
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Bontrager's Ballista aero helmet

Bontrager's Ballista aero helmet
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Valverde's nickname is 'El Bala' or The Bullet

Valverde's nickname is 'El Bala' or The Bullet
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Alejandro Valverde has a custom painted Canyon Ultimate commemorating 100 WorldTour victories and four-time UCI WorldTour champion

Alejandro Valverde has a custom painted Canyon Ultimate commemorating 100 WorldTour victories and four-time UCI WorldTour champion
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SRAM Red eTap components for Delko Marseille Provence

SRAM Red eTap components for Delko Marseille Provence
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Zefal Pulse carbon bottle cages were on display

Zefal Pulse carbon bottle cages were on display
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Apparently BMC have worn the same jersey for the past seven seasons

Apparently BMC have worn the same jersey for the past seven seasons
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Ian Boswell is the only rider in the race to wear Rapha shoes. Boswell also opts for Speedplay pedals

Ian Boswell is the only rider in the race to wear Rapha shoes. Boswell also opts for Speedplay pedals
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Alberto Contador shows off his new Bontrager helmet to Irish national champion Nico Roche

Alberto Contador shows off his new Bontrager helmet to Irish national champion Nico Roche
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Knees' custom shoes feature a camoflouge blue design to compliment the Team Sky colours

Knees' custom shoes feature a camoflouge blue design to compliment the Team Sky colours
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Christian Knees wears custom painted Lake CX 402 shoes

Christian Knees wears custom painted Lake CX 402 shoes
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Chris Froome appears to be wearing an update of the Sidi Shot, which he debuted at the Dauphine last year. Extra perforations perhaps point to a lighter weight, hot weather version

Chris Froome appears to be wearing an update of the Sidi Shot, which he debuted at the Dauphine last year. Extra perforations perhaps point to a lighter weight, hot weather version
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Bryan Coquard of Direct Energie's Hutchinson tubular tyres

Bryan Coquard of Direct Energie's Hutchinson tubular tyres
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LottoNL-Jumbo ran a mix of Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and 9100 series wheelsets

LottoNL-Jumbo ran a mix of Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and 9100 series wheelsets
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Nacer Bouhanni's name adorns his Vision wheels aboard the Orbea Orca

Nacer Bouhanni's name adorns his Vision wheels aboard the Orbea Orca
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Elite launched new bottles at the Giro d'Italia last month

Elite launched new bottles at the Giro d'Italia last month
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Chris Froome's custom finished Pinarello Dogma F10

Chris Froome's custom finished Pinarello Dogma F10
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Michael Morkov was the only rider on stage 2 to race with disc brakes

Michael Morkov was the only rider on stage 2 to race with disc brakes
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Internal hydraulic cable routing on the Canyon Aeroad disc

Internal hydraulic cable routing on the Canyon Aeroad disc
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The bikes were running 160mm rotors on the front and 140mm on the rear, the generally agreed standard among the peloton

The bikes were running 160mm rotors on the front and 140mm on the rear, the generally agreed standard among the peloton
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Alexander Kristoff and Rick Zabel had disc versions of the Canyon Aeroad as spare bikes

Alexander Kristoff and Rick Zabel had disc versions of the Canyon Aeroad as spare bikes
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Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Merida is rumoured to be riding the latest Merida Reacto and has wrapped the frame in black and white stickers to keep the details obscured

Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Merida is rumoured to be riding the latest Merida Reacto and has wrapped the frame in black and white stickers to keep the details obscured
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The Giant TCR Advanced SL0 is now a Giro d'Italia winning machine

The Giant TCR Advanced SL0 is now a Giro d'Italia winning machine
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The new frameset has slightly wider rear stays, so the geometry remains the same between disc and calliper versions

The new frameset has slightly wider rear stays, so the geometry remains the same between disc and calliper versions
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A good percentage of WorldTour pros run Ultegra cassettes to keep costs down, and occasionally to add weight to bikes that come in under the UCI weight limit

A good percentage of WorldTour pros run Ultegra cassettes to keep costs down, and occasionally to add weight to bikes that come in under the UCI weight limit
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Talansky runs a 53/39T FSA chainrings, Cannondale's SISL cranks and a SRM powermeter

Talansky runs a 53/39T FSA chainrings, Cannondale's SISL cranks and a SRM powermeter
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Despite having a neat race number mount from K3 Holders, the Cannondale-Drapac mechanics still use cable ties for added security

Despite having a neat race number mount from K3 Holders, the Cannondale-Drapac mechanics still use cable ties for added security
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Like many Pro Continental and Continental level teams, Wanty-Groupe Gobert run mechanical groupsets

Like many Pro Continental and Continental level teams, Wanty-Groupe Gobert run mechanical groupsets
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UAE Team Emirates' Colnago C60's always catch the eye

UAE Team Emirates' Colnago C60's always catch the eye
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Chris King ceramic hubs with ceramic bearings on the ENVE 4.5 SES wheels

Chris King ceramic hubs with ceramic bearings on the ENVE 4.5 SES wheels
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DT Swiss 240 hubs on display for Dimension Data

DT Swiss 240 hubs on display for Dimension Data
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ENVE offer their 4.5 SES wheelsets with an ENVE, DT Swiss or Chris King hubs

ENVE offer their 4.5 SES wheelsets with an ENVE, DT Swiss or Chris King hubs
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Boasson Hagen generally runs 54T outer chainrings for sprint stages

Boasson Hagen generally runs 54T outer chainrings for sprint stages
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Team Dimension Data are equipped with Tacx Deva bottle cages

Team Dimension Data are equipped with Tacx Deva bottle cages
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The Cervelo S5 also has lion on the outside of the fork representing the eternal king of Norway

The Cervelo S5 also has lion on the outside of the fork representing the eternal king of Norway
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Boasson Hagen's frame features the Norwegian flag inside the stays and forks, as well as under the top tube

Boasson Hagen's frame features the Norwegian flag inside the stays and forks, as well as under the top tube
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The Teammachine SLR01 also features a new stem, with the fastening bolts to the rear of the face plate

The Teammachine SLR01 also features a new stem, with the fastening bolts to the rear of the face plate
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Internal rear brake cable routing keeps the bike looking clean

Internal rear brake cable routing keeps the bike looking clean
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Giant's Contact SLR components were used by Tom Dumoulin during last month's Giro d'Italia victory

Giant's Contact SLR components were used by Tom Dumoulin during last month's Giro d'Italia victory
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Fabio Aru checks out his new bike

Fabio Aru checks out his new bike
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Fabio Aru also has a custom painted Argon18 Gallium frameset

Fabio Aru also has a custom painted Argon18 Gallium frameset
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Limar has produced a customised helmet for the Sardinian Fabio Aru

Limar has produced a customised helmet for the Sardinian Fabio Aru
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Alberto Contador rode stage 1 of the race on the new Trek Emonda

Alberto Contador rode stage 1 of the race on the new Trek Emonda
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Simon Gerrans rode the Scott Addict for stage 1, whilst his Orica-Scott teammates opted for the aero Foil model

Simon Gerrans rode the Scott Addict for stage 1, whilst his Orica-Scott teammates opted for the aero Foil model
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No prizes for guessing whose cranks these are

No prizes for guessing whose cranks these are
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Smiley Colombian Esteban Chaves promotes the Esteban Chaves Foundation on his head tube

Smiley Colombian Esteban Chaves promotes the Esteban Chaves Foundation on his head tube
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Alexander Kristoff's saddle has seen better days

Alexander Kristoff's saddle has seen better days
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The Zipp 454 NSW's silicone carbide brake track

The Zipp 454 NSW's silicone carbide brake track
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A handful of Katusha-Alpecin riders were running Zipp's new 'whale fin inspired' 454 NSW

A handful of Katusha-Alpecin riders were running Zipp's new 'whale fin inspired' 454 NSW
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Adrien Petit of Direct Energie has a custom painted BH G6

Adrien Petit of Direct Energie has a custom painted BH G6
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BH bikes for French Pro Continental outfit Direct Energie

BH bikes for French Pro Continental outfit Direct Energie
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Arnaud Demare runs PRO aero handlebars, which were equipped with a climbing switch on a hilly stage 1

Arnaud Demare runs PRO aero handlebars, which were equipped with a climbing switch on a hilly stage 1
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Arnaud Demare's stage 2 winning new Lapierre Aircode

Arnaud Demare's stage 2 winning new Lapierre Aircode
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Edvald Boasson Hagen has a custom painted Cervelo S5 commemorating his Norwegian national championship

Edvald Boasson Hagen has a custom painted Cervelo S5 commemorating his Norwegian national championship
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The Criterium du Dauphine is one of the final chances for riders with GC ambitions to test themselves ahead of the Tour de France in July. A race with prestige in its own right, Criterium du Dauphine winners, have built a reputation of subsequently winning the Tour the following month. Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain have all done the Criterium du Dauphine/Tour de France double to name just a few.

The race has also become a hotbed for new tech, as it offers riders an opportunity to test equipment in a race scenario ahead of the biggest event of the season. New frames, components and apparel have all been spotted here in recent years, generally showcasing products that will be available to the general public in the following season.

2017 sees the 69th edition of the race and a stellar line-up including three-time winner Chris Froome, two-time winner Alejandro Valverde, more former winners in Andrew Talansky and Janez Brajkovic, as well as Dan Martin, Richie Porte, Romain Bardet and Alberto Contador who have all podiumed at the race. Esteban Chaves, Simon Yates and an array of sprinters were also on the start line in Saint-Étienne in what should be a thrilling week.

Both Contador and Martin began the race on previously unseen framesets from Trek and Specialized respectively. The Trek Emonda SLR bears the UCI approved frame code that correlates with the 2018 Emonda, whilst Martin's new Specialized points towards the unreleased Specialized Tarmac. Both framesets look as if they will also be released in disc versions, although the calliper versions being raced by the pair each have direct mount brakes.

As well as the headlining bikes from the component giants Trek and Specialized, new frames were seen underneath Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ), whom are riding new aero frames from Merida and Lapierre.

Trek-Segafredo also appear to be wearing a new Bontrager helmet. Cyclingnews reached out to Bontrager for a comment and although confirming the team are wearing new helmets, were unable to provide any further information until its official release.

Reigning champion of the event, Chris Froome was the first rider to wear the Sidi Shot shoes at the race last year. This year, Froome seems to be wearing an updated version of the shoe that feature more perforations on the upper suggesting a lighter weight option for climbing or hotter temperatures.

The usual arrays of custom products are also on show at the race. Irish national champion Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) is wearing Oakley Jawbreakers in Irish colours, custom painted by Optiek Van Gorp. Christian Knees (Team Sky) had a pair of custom Lake shoes, whilst the Astana team leader Fabio Aru had an eye-catching red Argon18 Gallium frameset.

Valverde, Adrien Petit (Direct Energie), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) and Contador all also had custom painted frames on display at the race.

Click or swipe through the extensive gallery above to take a look on all that was on show at the week-long stage race in France.