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Friday, July 17, 2015

Bikes At The 2015 Tour de France

With the 2015 Tour de France in full swing, let's have a quick look at what bikes and drivetrains (groupsets) times are using.

There are essentially three main drivetrain companies: Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM. Shimano dominates having outfitted 17 bikes. Campagnolo has four and SRAM one.

This year, three teams (second most among nations) have opted for Italian racing bikes. All three happen to be legends in cycling.

French team Europcar uses exclusively Campagnolo for its Colnago bikes. The V1-r model was designed in collaboration with Ferrari.

Lotto NL Jumbo out of Holland opted to compete in the tour on a Bianchi (with its magnificent famous celeste colored bikes. Just like Ferrari red has become iconic, so too Bianchi's celeste ) while Pinarello represents British squad Team Sky.

Meanwhile, Canada supplied two brands for the first time in Cervelo and first time participants Argon. The United States for its part has the most manufacturers with five on the list. Other countries represented are Germany, Taiwan, France (2), Belgium, Spain, Switzerland (1).