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Race Tech Gallery: cockpit set up at the Tour of Turkey

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Jetse Bol (Belkin) is a rider who likes a bar with a massive drop

Jetse Bol (Belkin) is a rider who likes a bar with a massive drop
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) had a Shimano Dura-Ace climber shift button mounted for the stage to Elmali. Got a decent degree of negative rise in that stem too

Luca Paolini (Katusha) had a Shimano Dura-Ace climber shift button mounted for the stage to Elmali. Got a decent degree of negative rise in that stem too
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Alan Marangoni’s (Cannondale)back must be as sore to need all these spacers under his stem…

Alan Marangoni’s (Cannondale)back must be as sore to need all these spacers under his stem…
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…But Marangoni had nothing on Adrian Kurek (CCC Polsat Polkwice), who really should be reported to the spacer police

…But Marangoni had nothing on Adrian Kurek (CCC Polsat Polkwice), who really should be reported to the spacer police
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Some say anatomic bars have no place on a road bike, but John Murphy disagrees. Classy use of a K-Edge Garmin spacer mount just for spacing purposes too

Some say anatomic bars have no place on a road bike, but John Murphy disagrees. Classy use of a K-Edge Garmin spacer mount just for spacing purposes too
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Alessandro Petacchi’s (Omega Pharma QuickStep) cockpit: tidy. Plus he uses a Zipp bar with plenty of reach

Alessandro Petacchi’s (Omega Pharma QuickStep) cockpit: tidy. Plus he uses a Zipp bar with plenty of reach
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Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) might be tall and relatively burly but he uses narrow bars – 38cm centre to centre – to help him thread through the peloton

Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) might be tall and relatively burly but he uses narrow bars – 38cm centre to centre – to help him thread through the peloton
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Race leader Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) stem marked with his rival’s position on GC. All the team’s bikes carried it on the penultimate stage

Race leader Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) stem marked with his rival’s position on GC. All the team’s bikes carried it on the penultimate stage
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Lampre-Merida riders had brake cable adjusters to allow them to wider to fatter aero wheels without messing about with the cable tension at the Shimano Direct Mount brakes

Lampre-Merida riders had brake cable adjusters to allow them to wider to fatter aero wheels without messing about with the cable tension at the Shimano Direct Mount brakes
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Track bars on Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)’s bike. Good man

Track bars on Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)’s bike. Good man
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Guillaume Bovin (Cannondale), we’re guessing is pretty flexible: negative rise stem slammed and bars displaying a massive drop

Guillaume Bovin (Cannondale), we’re guessing is pretty flexible: negative rise stem slammed and bars displaying a massive drop
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Guillaume Bovin (Cannondale), we’re guessing is pretty flexible: stem slammed and bars displaying a massive drop

Guillaume Bovin (Cannondale), we’re guessing is pretty flexible: stem slammed and bars displaying a massive drop
(Image credit: Sam Dansie/BikeRadar)
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Guardini blocks out distracting SRM numbers too

Guardini blocks out distracting SRM numbers too
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Nicolas Lefrancois (Novo-Nordisk) has Type 1 Diabetes and carries a computer on his stem to closely monitor blood sugar levels

Nicolas Lefrancois (Novo-Nordisk) has Type 1 Diabetes and carries a computer on his stem to closely monitor blood sugar levels
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Robert Förster (United Healthcare) likes an aggressively low position aided by the negative rising Ritchey WCS stem

Robert Förster (United Healthcare) likes an aggressively low position aided by the negative rising Ritchey WCS stem
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Combined stem and bar combos were rare but Barry Markus (Belkin) uses a set of FSA Plasma bars with a compact drop

Combined stem and bar combos were rare but Barry Markus (Belkin) uses a set of FSA Plasma bars with a compact drop
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We had to include Kris Boeckmans’ (Lotto-Belisol) forward slanted Selle San Marco Regal-e saddle. It had been in the wars too

We had to include Kris Boeckmans’ (Lotto-Belisol) forward slanted Selle San Marco Regal-e saddle. It had been in the wars too
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Boeckmans’ track-style bars are wound with Lizard Skins tape

Boeckmans’ track-style bars are wound with Lizard Skins tape
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Turkey’s roads can be as rough as, and Petr Ignatenko’s (Katusha) bars looked plush with double-wrapped tape

Turkey’s roads can be as rough as, and Petr Ignatenko’s (Katusha) bars looked plush with double-wrapped tape
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A tidy looking cockpit on Floris Goesinnen’s (Drapac) Swift Ultravox

A tidy looking cockpit on Floris Goesinnen’s (Drapac) Swift Ultravox
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Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) taped over some of his SRM numbers – distraction not needed when trying to help his leader Rein Taaramäe claim back the leader’s jersey

Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) taped over some of his SRM numbers – distraction not needed when trying to help his leader Rein Taaramäe claim back the leader’s jersey
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Andrea Guardini (Astana) goes for track bars that slope immediately after the flat. Levers mounted good and low too – it’s all about being aero

Andrea Guardini (Astana) goes for track bars that slope immediately after the flat. Levers mounted good and low too – it’s all about being aero
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Road bike cockpit set-ups are an intensely personal thing. Stem length, reach, drop, where a rider mounts the levers – even tape - all require some thought.