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Mat Hayman's Tour de France Scott Foil Team Issue

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Mathew Hayman's 2016 Tour de France Scott Foil Team Issue

Mathew Hayman's 2016 Tour de France Scott Foil Team Issue (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Continental 25mm tubulars still have plenty of clearance

Continental 25mm tubulars still have plenty of clearance (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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When the rear brake is down here, it helps to have the quick release up above for wheel changes

When the rear brake is down here, it helps to have the quick release up above for wheel changes (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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The quick release for the rear brake is located in the front of the bike to make wheel changes easier

The quick release for the rear brake is located in the front of the bike to make wheel changes easier (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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A Di2 wire nestles around the rear brake cable, with its quick release located in front of the head tube

A Di2 wire nestles around the rear brake cable, with its quick release located in front of the head tube (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Hayman has a high-end but straightforward drivetrain set-up, with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and an SRM

Hayman has a high-end but straightforward drivetrain set-up, with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and an SRM (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Every rider at the Tour has a GPS transponder for data tracking

Every rider at the Tour has a GPS transponder for data tracking (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Hayman prefers Fizik's minimalist Antares saddle

Hayman prefers Fizik's minimalist Antares saddle (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Orica mechanics epoxied this carbon number-plate holder onto Hayman's seatpost

Orica mechanics epoxied this carbon number-plate holder onto Hayman's seatpost (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Elite's Corsa Team bottles are biodegradable in 1-5 years, according to Elite

Elite's Corsa Team bottles are biodegradable in 1-5 years, according to Elite (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))
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Di2 sprint shifters control movement in one direction only. Typically, the left moves the rear derailleur inboard and the right moves it outboard

Di2 sprint shifters control movement in one direction only. Typically, the left moves the rear derailleur inboard and the right moves it outboard (Image credit: Nick Legan / Immediate Media))

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Two surprising things happened when Mathew Hayman crossed the finish inside the historic Roubaix velodrome this April: an aero bike won the roughest cobbled race in the world, and a man well outside anyone's speculations had just won Paris-Roubaix. Now at the Tour de France, Hayman is racing a Scott Foil Team Issue that is strikingly similar to the machine he used to conquer the cobbles. 

It was notable that an aero bike won Paris-Roubaix because that subset of road bikes has been notoriously stiff — teardrop tubing makes for great aerodynamics but not necessarily great comfort — and the original Scott Foil certainly contributed to this stereotype.

With the latest Foil, Scott completely overhauled the frameset's design, enhancing the aero qualities and the comfort. So it was a huge endorsement to see the Foil on the cobbles at all, and a feather in Scott's cap for the bike to win the toughest cobbled race of them all.

Only the tubular width (25mm vs 28) and small ring size (39t vs 44) are changed for the Tour de France from Paris-Roubaix; the Scott / Shimano PRO cockpit, Shimano C50 wheels and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain remain unchanged.

At the Tour, Hayman has returned to his typical role of a worker while his teammate Michael Matthews has captured the headlines with a win on his Foil on stage 10. But who knows what could happen? Hayman has already surprised us once this year.

Complete bicycle specifications

Frameset: Scott Foil
Stem: Integrated Scott Foil
Handlebar: PRO alloy
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 + SW-R610 sprint shifters (on drops)
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-28T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: SRM Shimano 11-speed, 53/39T
Pedals: Shimano 9000 Dura-Ace
Wheelset: Shimano C-50 tubular
Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 25mm
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Seatpost: Ritchey Foil
Computer: SRM Power Control 8 (not pictured)