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Tour de Romandie tech gallery

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The lightweight, carbon Corimas have just 12 carbon spokes on the front wheel

The lightweight, carbon Corimas have just 12 carbon spokes on the front wheel
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Early race leader Fabio Felline has a lucky horseshoe on his stem

Early race leader Fabio Felline has a lucky horseshoe on his stem
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As well as course notes, several riders opt for the stage profile so they know what's coming

As well as course notes, several riders opt for the stage profile so they know what's coming
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Katusha-Alpecin had their own light rear spray guards

Katusha-Alpecin had their own light rear spray guards
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SRAM's Red eTap wireless groupset ensures a clean front end

SRAM's Red eTap wireless groupset ensures a clean front end
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The white, red and blue paint job is a subtle design

The white, red and blue paint job is a subtle design
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The Russian national champion had his custom painted Canyon Ultimate on display

The Russian national champion had his custom painted Canyon Ultimate on display
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Like Simon Yates, Jarlinson Pantano opts for a forward facing climbing switch

Like Simon Yates, Jarlinson Pantano opts for a forward facing climbing switch
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If Shimano Ultegra chains and cassettes are good enough for WorldTour, then they're good enough for you

If Shimano Ultegra chains and cassettes are good enough for WorldTour, then they're good enough for you
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Nikita Stalnov from Astana takes no heed from the #SlamThatStem crowd opting for 40mm of spacers

Nikita Stalnov from Astana takes no heed from the #SlamThatStem crowd opting for 40mm of spacers
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The Mavic neutral service vehicles had a Canyon Aeroad and Ultimate on offer

The Mavic neutral service vehicles had a Canyon Aeroad and Ultimate on offer
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Many Pro Continental teams opt for mechanical groupsets, or lower spec Shimano Ultegra groupsets

Many Pro Continental teams opt for mechanical groupsets, or lower spec Shimano Ultegra groupsets
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Pro Continental team Wanty-Groupe Gobert had mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 groupsets

Pro Continental team Wanty-Groupe Gobert had mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 groupsets
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Primoz Roglic rode with sprint shifters equipped to the drops of his handlebars

Primoz Roglic rode with sprint shifters equipped to the drops of his handlebars
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As well as BMC, Team Sky also had the full team on 9100 series wheels

As well as BMC, Team Sky also had the full team on 9100 series wheels
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For the wet and cold race, Team Sky had extra chain lube on their drivetrains

For the wet and cold race, Team Sky had extra chain lube on their drivetrains
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Owain Doull, Elia Viviani and Ian Boswell rode with Speedplay pedals, whilst the rest of Team Sky rode with Shimano Dura-Ace pedals

Owain Doull, Elia Viviani and Ian Boswell rode with Speedplay pedals, whilst the rest of Team Sky rode with Shimano Dura-Ace pedals
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Astana had the range toping Corima 47 MCC S+ wheels on display

Astana had the range toping Corima 47 MCC S+ wheels on display
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Trek-Segafredo had the new Sportful Stelvio jacket on offer for the conditions

Trek-Segafredo had the new Sportful Stelvio jacket on offer for the conditions
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Orica-Scott had lycra overshoes on the wet stages, similar to those produced by VeloToze

Orica-Scott had lycra overshoes on the wet stages, similar to those produced by VeloToze
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Sonny Colbrelli wrapped up warm in the wet and cold conditions

Sonny Colbrelli wrapped up warm in the wet and cold conditions
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Dimension Data's team for the race was made up entirely of African riders

Dimension Data's team for the race was made up entirely of African riders
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This Sportful Fiandre jacket has the red flash on the rear of the jacket crudely blacked out

This Sportful Fiandre jacket has the red flash on the rear of the jacket crudely blacked out
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Several riders wore non-sponsor cold weather clothing with the labels concealed

Several riders wore non-sponsor cold weather clothing with the labels concealed
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The national colours of Eritrea certainly catch the eye

The national colours of Eritrea certainly catch the eye
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Eritrean national champion Daniel Teklahaimanot has a custom painted Cervelo S5

Eritrean national champion Daniel Teklahaimanot has a custom painted Cervelo S5
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Dimension Data continue to race and test the new Cervelo R5

Dimension Data continue to race and test the new Cervelo R5
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Chris Froome, who can suffer in cold weather, took no risks with overshoes, leg warmers and extra cold weather gear

Chris Froome, who can suffer in cold weather, took no risks with overshoes, leg warmers and extra cold weather gear
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Team Sky wore an as yet unreleased Castelli jacket at the race

Team Sky wore an as yet unreleased Castelli jacket at the race
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The Team Sky riders have Stages power meters equipped with their cranksets

The Team Sky riders have Stages power meters equipped with their cranksets
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The Tacx Uma Carbon bottlecages on the Lotto-JumboNL bikes weigh just 19 grams each

The Tacx Uma Carbon bottlecages on the Lotto-JumboNL bikes weigh just 19 grams each
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Robert Gesink and Primoz Roglic were the only Lotto-JumboNL riders to be equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 wheels

Robert Gesink and Primoz Roglic were the only Lotto-JumboNL riders to be equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 wheels
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Albasini ran a standard gear combination of 53/39 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette

Albasini ran a standard gear combination of 53/39 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette
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Stage 1 winner Michael Albasini rode without a powermeter and was equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 groupset and 9100 wheels

Stage 1 winner Michael Albasini rode without a powermeter and was equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 groupset and 9100 wheels
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The spare bikes for BMC were last years race bikes

The spare bikes for BMC were last years race bikes
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BMC rode with the slick looking Elite Vico Carbon bottle cages

BMC rode with the slick looking Elite Vico Carbon bottle cages
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Irish champion Nico Roche has a distinctive top cap on his BMC

Irish champion Nico Roche has a distinctive top cap on his BMC
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For stage 1 BMC Racing and Team Sky had the whole team equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series wheels. The first time we have seen a full team on the latest wheels from Shimano

For stage 1 BMC Racing and Team Sky had the whole team equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series wheels. The first time we have seen a full team on the latest wheels from Shimano
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The 1.59m tall Samuel Dumoulin rode a tiny 49cm frame

The 1.59m tall Samuel Dumoulin rode a tiny 49cm frame
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The AG2R La Mondiale blue Factor O2 frames stand out in the peloton

The AG2R La Mondiale blue Factor O2 frames stand out in the peloton
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The Italian theme continues with a Dedacciai cockpit

The Italian theme continues with a Dedacciai cockpit
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The Campagnolo EPS interface box is positioned under the stem

The Campagnolo EPS interface box is positioned under the stem
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Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton brakes weigh in at 272 grams

Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton brakes weigh in at 272 grams
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The Italian frame is paired with a full Campagnolo electronic groupset and wheels

The Italian frame is paired with a full Campagnolo electronic groupset and wheels
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Ben Swift rode his Colnago C60 in the UAE Team Emirates colours

Ben Swift rode his Colnago C60 in the UAE Team Emirates colours
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Albasini, Simon Yates and Roman Kreuziger were the only three riders on Orica-Scott to race on the Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series wheels

Albasini, Simon Yates and Roman Kreuziger were the only three riders on Orica-Scott to race on the Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series wheels
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Warren Barguil opted for deep section 60mm rims, despite the hilly terrain of stage 1

Warren Barguil opted for deep section 60mm rims, despite the hilly terrain of stage 1
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Warren Barguil was also equipped with a climbing switch on the tops of his handlebars for ease of changing gear on long, undulating climbs

Warren Barguil was also equipped with a climbing switch on the tops of his handlebars for ease of changing gear on long, undulating climbs
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The specific spacers for the Vision handlebars offer a much neater finish

The specific spacers for the Vision handlebars offer a much neater finish
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The Vision Metron 5D handlebars don't look quite as slick with a standard handlebar spacer beneath the stem

The Vision Metron 5D handlebars don't look quite as slick with a standard handlebar spacer beneath the stem
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The most iconic bikes in the WorldTour peloton?

The most iconic bikes in the WorldTour peloton?
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Simon Yates opts for a forward facing climbing switch

Simon Yates opts for a forward facing climbing switch
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The Trek-Segafredo team rode on a mix of Emonda and Madone frames

The Trek-Segafredo team rode on a mix of Emonda and Madone frames
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The Zefal Shield Lite is similar to an Ass Savers guard

The Zefal Shield Lite is similar to an Ass Savers guard
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The team's tyre pressures are checked with an electronic pump and gauge ahead of the stage start

The team's tyre pressures are checked with an electronic pump and gauge ahead of the stage start
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FDJ mechanics attached clip-on Zefal Shield Lite mud guards to protect the riders from road spray

FDJ mechanics attached clip-on Zefal Shield Lite mud guards to protect the riders from road spray
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A small Swiss flag sits in between the seat stays on the rear of the seat tube

A small Swiss flag sits in between the seat stays on the rear of the seat tube
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'Valais. Engraved in my heart' is adorned on the seat tube

'Valais. Engraved in my heart' is adorned on the seat tube
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Sebastien Reichenbach hails from the Valais region of Switzerland

Sebastien Reichenbach hails from the Valais region of Switzerland
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The red and white design featured stars on the forks and various Swiss climbs and passes on the top tube

The red and white design featured stars on the forks and various Swiss climbs and passes on the top tube
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Sebastien Reichenbach had a special Swiss themed paint job on his Lapierre in his home race

Sebastien Reichenbach had a special Swiss themed paint job on his Lapierre in his home race
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An AG2R La Mondiale mechanic checks the bike setups ahead of the race start

An AG2R La Mondiale mechanic checks the bike setups ahead of the race start
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The Tour de Romandie has built a reputation for wet and miserable weather in recent years. Despite being on the cusp of spring and with the first Grand Tour just days away, the race can feel like a tough winter training ride, but it offers the general classification protagonists a chance to test their legs in the build-up to the Giro d'Italia and a solid racing block for those focused on the Tour de France.

With the famous wet weather of the race ensuring temperatures in the single figures, driving rain and even snow, the riders had an array of wet and cold weather gear on show in this year's race, where Richie Porte (BMC) claimed the overall honours.

Team Sky tested a 2018 version of an updated Castelli jacket, while many riders wore non-sponsor clothing with the exposed labels blacked out to prevent any sponsor grumblings or contract breaches.

Several teams opted to equip their bikes with lightweight plastic mudguards clipped onto their saddles. The guards offer extra protection from road spray, are quick to install or remove and add little weight to the bikes.

The usual custom frames were on show for the national champions, whilst Fabio Felline's lucky horseshoe on his stem seemed to work for the opening three days of the race after the Italian scorched to victory in the prologue time trial.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert were the only non-WorldTour team at the race, and the Pro Continental outfit's bikes were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 mechanical groupsets. Several Astana riders were also seen racing with Shimano Ultegra chains and cassettes, showing that top-of-the-range components are not always necessary.

Following a mixed bag of old and new Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets earlier in the year, more and more teams are moving onto the latest 9100 series components. Team Sky and BMC Racing had their whole teams on the 9100 series wheelsets, the first time we have seen the full complement for a team at a race. Shimano have stated that all teams have enough 9100 wheels for the race programme. Despite this, several teams have saved the latest wheels from Shimano just for their top riders.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see what was on display at the Swiss race.