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Tejay van Garderen's BMC Teammachine SLR01 at the Tour de France

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Tejay van Garderen is riding this BMC Teammachine SLR01 in second place at the Tour de France

Tejay van Garderen is riding this BMC Teammachine SLR01 in second place at the Tour de France
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Van Garderen's cockpit set-up is longish but not super low

Van Garderen's cockpit set-up is longish but not super low
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23mm tubulars are increasingly rare. Most riders like Van Garderen have 25mm as the go-to width

23mm tubulars are increasingly rare. Most riders like Van Garderen have 25mm as the go-to width
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Van Garderen has been racing with the trusty SRM for years now

Van Garderen has been racing with the trusty SRM for years now
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Van Garderen started the race in pancake-flat Holland with an 11-28. Sherburne says that the advent of 11-speed lets riders enjoy a wide range without sacrificing tight gear spacing

Van Garderen started the race in pancake-flat Holland with an 11-28. Sherburne says that the advent of 11-speed lets riders enjoy a wide range without sacrificing tight gear spacing
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No custom geometry here

No custom geometry here
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Markings on the rail help ensure quick and corect setup

Markings on the rail help ensure quick and corect setup
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Saddles with cutouts are becoming more common in the pro peloton. This is Fizik's Aliante VSX

Saddles with cutouts are becoming more common in the pro peloton. This is Fizik's Aliante VSX
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Like many teams at the Tour, BMC races on Continental tubulars. Van Garderen has 25mm Competition Pro LTDs

Like many teams at the Tour, BMC races on Continental tubulars. Van Garderen has 25mm Competition Pro LTDs
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Van Garderen runs his 9070 levers high on the bar

Van Garderen runs his 9070 levers high on the bar
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Nokon's distinct segments allow for more flexiblilty than standard housing

Nokon's distinct segments allow for more flexiblilty than standard housing
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The Di2 wire is taped to the Nokon housing for aero and visual cleanliness

The Di2 wire is taped to the Nokon housing for aero and visual cleanliness
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Sherburne used Nokon linked housing to avoid the housing affecting steering, however slightly

Sherburne used Nokon linked housing to avoid the housing affecting steering, however slightly
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BMC mechanic Ian Sherburne has a creative solution for the internal routing

BMC mechanic Ian Sherburne has a creative solution for the internal routing
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Not that van Garderen will need to use clip-ons on this bike…

Not that van Garderen will need to use clip-ons on this bike…
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As of stage 6, van Garderen was second overall at the 2015 Tour de France

As of stage 6, van Garderen was second overall at the 2015 Tour de France
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This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

At the Tour de France, American Tejay van Garderen looks to be the closest thing to a rival for Chris Froome, who stormed away from all the top riders on stage 10. Van Garderen is racing a 2016 BMC Teammachine SLR01, with a straightforward (if ultra high-end) build, save for one tiny brake routing detail.

At 7.59 kg / 16.73lb (with the C50 wheels shown here), van Garderen's SLR01 isn't hyper-light. And the gearing seems downright pedestrian, too, with an 11-28 we are increasingly seeing on pro bikes. BMC mechanic Ian Sherburne pointed out that with 11-speed cassettes, riders can now get a wide range of gears with tight spacing between them (formerly the sticking point of wide-range cassettes), so there is no reason not to go bigger.

One sharp detail Sherburne and other BMC mechanics put on van Garderen's and other team bikes is the Nokon brake housing that feeds into the head tube.

"If you make the [standard] housing the length that you want it to be, it pushes the handlebar kind of to one side," Sherburne said. "If you make it too long to prevent kinking, it pushes the handlebar a little bit to the other side."

Stay up to date with the latest Tour tech at the BikeRadar Tour de France 2015 homepage and be sure to visit Cyclingnews for complete race coverage.

Frame: 2016 BMC Teammachine SLR01
Fork: 2016 BMC Teammachine SLR01Stem: 3T ARX-Team, 130mm
Handlebar: 3T Ergonova Team, 42cm
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Cranks: Shimano Dura-Ace, 172.5mm
Power meter: SRM
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
Wheels: Shimano C50
Tubulars: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 25mm
Saddle: Fizik Aliante VSX
Seatpost: 2016 BMC Teammachine SLR01

Critical measurements

Complete bike weight: 7.59 kg / 16.73lb
Rider's height: 185cm / 6'1"
Rider's weight: 69kg / 151lbs
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 78cm
Tip of saddle to handlebar: 59cm