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Thibaut Pinot's Lapierre Xelius SL - Gallery

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Thibaut Pinot’s Lapierre Xelius SL

Thibaut Pinot’s Lapierre Xelius SL
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Pinot rides the 'M' size Xelius SL model

Pinot rides the 'M' size Xelius SL model
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Lapierre's Trap Door Technology keeps the Di2 battery secretly concealed near the bottom bracket

Lapierre's Trap Door Technology keeps the Di2 battery secretly concealed near the bottom bracket
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The Ritchey headset looks out of place among the Shimano components

The Ritchey headset looks out of place among the Shimano components
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There should be no dropped chains for Pinot

There should be no dropped chains for Pinot
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Shimano made PRO Components provide the stem, bars and bartape upfront for Pinot

Shimano made PRO Components provide the stem, bars and bartape upfront for Pinot
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And PRO Components also provides the seatpost for Pinot

And PRO Components also provides the seatpost for Pinot
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A Fizizk saddle for Pinot

A Fizizk saddle for Pinot
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The unique Xelius seatstays allows for some flex while remaining stiff

The unique Xelius seatstays allows for some flex while remaining stiff
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Since it was re-designed in 2014, the Xelius SL has become Lapierre's go to climbing bike

Since it was re-designed in 2014, the Xelius SL has become Lapierre's go to climbing bike
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Shimano also supplies the wheels for FDJ with a Pinot sticker on the hub letting the mechanics knew who the wheel belongs to

Shimano also supplies the wheels for FDJ with a Pinot sticker on the hub letting the mechanics knew who the wheel belongs to
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Pinot's front brake cable is kept neat and short

Pinot's front brake cable is kept neat and short
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The Lapierre Xelius SL is Thibaut Pinot’s road bike of choice in 2016

The Lapierre Xelius SL is Thibaut Pinot’s road bike of choice in 2016
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The Lapierre Xelius SL gets the UCI tick of approval

The Lapierre Xelius SL gets the UCI tick of approval
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No mistaking that this Lapierre Xelius SL belongs to Thibaut Pinot of FDJ

No mistaking that this Lapierre Xelius SL belongs to Thibaut Pinot of FDJ
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A custom stem cap for Pinot

A custom stem cap for Pinot
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The race numbers are nicely tucked away on the Xelius SL

The race numbers are nicely tucked away on the Xelius SL
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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 does the shifting for Pinot

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 does the shifting for Pinot
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ELITE bidons and bidon cages for Pinot

ELITE bidons and bidon cages for Pinot
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A Shimano Dura Ace Di2 front shifter and SRM chain catcher looks after the chain rings

A Shimano Dura Ace Di2 front shifter and SRM chain catcher looks after the chain rings
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No no nonsense cabling upfront

No no nonsense cabling upfront
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Pinot prefers to have his Garmin mounted on the stem leaving the bars clean and clear

Pinot prefers to have his Garmin mounted on the stem leaving the bars clean and clear
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Thibaut Pinot with a SRM headunit in the Tour de Romandie prologue which disappeared for the road stages

Thibaut Pinot with a SRM headunit in the Tour de Romandie prologue which disappeared for the road stages
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Thibaut Pinot then switched from SRM to a Garmin headunit just a few days later

Thibaut Pinot then switched from SRM to a Garmin headunit just a few days later
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Thibaut Pinot has had a successful start to the 2016 season with the FDJ rider enjoying victory at Critérium International and most recently a time trial stage at Tour de Romandie on his way to second place overall. The 25-year-old has improved against the clock in 2016 in part thanks to the new Lapierre Aerostorm DRS time trial bike but improvements and changes to the Xelius SL road bike has also been of benefit to Pinot.

Lapierre updated its top two road models last year, the Aircode SL and Xelius SL, which saw the French company completely rework the latter. Lapierre claim the Xelius SL weights just 850g, the Trek Emonda by way of comparison is claimed to weigh 690g, placing it in the upper levels of elite climbing bikes. 

The most striking feature of the new Xelius SL is the '3D Tubular Technology' of the rear end with the stays running either side of the seat tube without touching it. The engineers worked with the FDJ riders in the development of the new bike to meet both engineering and race objectives with Pinot first riding the Xelius SL at last year's Tirreno Adriatico having started the season on the Aircode SL.

Pinot showed off the climbing chops of the Xelius SL on stage 20 of last year's Tour de France when he rode away to victory atop Alpe d'Huez. Pinot's bike is largely the same for 2016 with a slightly updated paint scheme the main difference.

However, it appears that Pinot is now using a Garmin powermeter in 2016 for road stages while remaining to use a SRM headunit for time trials as recently observed at the Tour de Romandie.

Besides a white Fizik Arione saddle and Richey headset, Pinot's Xelius SL is a fully equipped Shimano affair. Pinot is running a full Dura Ace Di2 groupset with Shimano's PRO Components providing stem, handlebar, bar tape and seat post. 

Shimano Dura Ace C50 wheels keep Pinot rolling for the majority of his race days with the C24 wheels also available for the more mountainous days in the saddle. Rounding off the build is Elite bottles and bottle cages and a SRM chain catcher.

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