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Tour de France: Chris Froome's yellow Pinarello Dogma F8

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Chris Froome's Pinarello Dogma F8

Chris Froome's Pinarello Dogma F8 (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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A closer look at the top tube of Chris Froome's bike

A closer look at the top tube of Chris Froome's bike (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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The bottom tube of Chris Froome's Dogma F8

The bottom tube of Chris Froome's Dogma F8 (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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A front look at Chris Froome's Pinarello F8

A front look at Chris Froome's Pinarello F8 (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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Yellow has been added to the seat tube and stays

Yellow has been added to the seat tube and stays (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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Chris Froome's bike has been given a new yellow look

Chris Froome's bike has been given a new yellow look (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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The nickname Froomey is on the side of the top tube

The nickname Froomey is on the side of the top tube (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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Bee motifs are also on the top and bottom tubes

Bee motifs are also on the top and bottom tubes (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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Just in case you were wondering whose bike it was Froome's name is all over it

Just in case you were wondering whose bike it was Froome's name is all over it (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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Yellow has been added to the front forks and bee motif on the bottom tube

Yellow has been added to the front forks and bee motif on the bottom tube (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)
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Hinting towards his upbringing, a rhino has been put on the head tube

Hinting towards his upbringing, a rhino has been put on the head tube (Image credit: Cyclingnews/Zeb Woodpower)

Chris Froome’s (Team Sky) Pinarello Dogma F8 got a new yellow paint scheme to match his yellow jersey. The leader of the Tour de France has had yellow stripes added to his seat tube, top tube, forks and seat stays. His nickname 'Froomey' has been emblazoned on the top tube also with a rhino appearing on the side of the headtube – a nod towards his childhood in Kenya.

It was rumoured that Froome would get to ride the bike during stage 12 but it was deemed too risky to change bikes before one of the most crucial stages of the entire race.

The F8 was launched ahead of last year’s Tour de France and is the favoured bike of the team. For the F8, Pinarello have developed a truncated aerofoil tube in Torayca T1100 1k carbon. The tube profiles are dubbed ‘FlatBack’ and are one of a number of aerodynamic enhancements around the frame, such as integrated seat post clamp, internal cable routing and even the position of the bottles on the bike (the seat-tube has three bottle holder fixings giving riders two mounting options, the lower one being more aero).

However, great care was taken to protect the ride characteristics of the bike – a specific request from the team apparently, and this 560mm frame matches the precise geometry of Froome’s previous 65.1.

The fork is a radically different from most road frames. It was lifted largely unchanged from the Bolide time trial bike and curves out in the legs to minimise air turbulence.