28 July 2014

The bikes that won the 2014 Tour de France

The fastest bikes on earth

It took us three weeks to learn their jerseys and faces, their dossards and their names (or rather how to pronounce their names), and now on the day after the 2014 Tour de France finished in Paris it is time to look at the road bikes that carried the men of the peloton to victory.

Vincenzo Nibali's two road bikes - shark model and final yellow winners model of the Specialized S-Works Tarmac.

Photo from @NeillK88 Twitter
Photo from @NickJonesdrums Twitter

Vincenzo Nibali's time trial bike

Photo from @cyclingweekly Twitter

A list of the STAGES and the BIKES that won the 2014 Tour de France

Stage 1  GIANT  Marcel Kittel (Giant)
Stage 2  SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 3  GIANT  Marcel Kittel (Giant)
Stage 4  GIANT  Marcel Kittel (Giant)
Stage 5  BIANCHI Lars Boom (Belkin)
Stage 6  RIDLEY André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
Stage 7  SPECIALIZED Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 8  FOCUS Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
Stage 9  SPECIALIZED Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 10 SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 11 RIDLEY Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol)
Stage 12 CANYON Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Stage 13 SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 14 SPECIALIZED Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Stage 15 CANYON Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Stage 16 SPECIALIZED Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Stage 17 SPECIALIZED Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Stage 18 SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 19 CERVELO Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp)
Stage 20 SPECIALIZED Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 21 GIANT Marcel Kittel (Giant)

*10 stage wins on Specialized bikes, although they did sponsor three teams at Le Tour. 

The BIKES of the overall classification jerseys of the 2014 Tour de France

Yellow jersey: SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Green jersey: CANNONDALE Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Polda-dot jersey: SPECIALIZED Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
White jersey: LAPIERRE Thibaut Pinot (FDR.fr)

All the bike reviews from the 2014 Tour de France:

I know that I personally got so wrapped up in daily race tactics and news during the 2014 Tour de France, that I skipped over these Tech reports. They are certainly worth a read, for each year manufacturers and mechanics use the Tour as a launch pad for some of the latest technology.

The Tour de France and Grand Tours bring out the best of the tech writers in cycling. They happily gather around the latest greatest equipment with unprecedented access and the excitement of kids in a candy store. Here is an extensive list of many of the bike reviews completed in the past three months.

If you are interested in a specific bike manufacturer, a rider's frame, want to learn more before buying a new bike yourself, want a sneak peek at the 2015 road bike frames, or simply like to drool over really cool bikes - this list is for you.

Art and custom bikes 2014
One-of-a-kind graphics - 21 Days of Tour Tech, Ben Delaney, Bike Radar
Top 5 - Custom Pro Frames of the Tour de France 2014, (video) Bike Radar
Custom Painted Specialized Shiv by Kristian Von Hornsleth, Oli Woodman, Bike Radar
Custom US$18,000 Cipollini RB1K, Ben Delaney, Bike Radar
Cannondale lets animals loose on the Tour, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Ridley's new retro paint scheme for Lotto-Belisol, Cycling News
Creating Custom Bikes at the Tour, (video) Bicycling

General road reviews
Best New Bikes And Tech - Tour De France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
Road Bikes of the 2014 Tour de France, Bicycling

Time Trial bike reviews 2014
Time trial gear, part 1 - 21 Days of Tour Tech, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Top five TT bikes, (video) Bike Radar

The bikes of the cobbles
The Bikes For The Cobbles | Tour De France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
What Will Teams Ride for the Tour's Stage 5 Cobbles? (video) Bicycling

BMC
Van Garderen's BMC SLR01, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Tejay van Garderen’s BMC TeamMachine SLR 01, David Arthur, Road.cc
Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Teammachine SLR01, Caley Fretz, VeloNews 
Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Team Machine SLR01, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Tejay van Garderen's BMC Teammachine SLR01 (video) Global Cycling Network

Bianchi
Bianchi Infinito CV, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Bianchi launch Aquila CV time trial bike, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Bianchi’s new Aquila CV time trial bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Bianchi Aquila CV launched (time trial bike), Robin Willmott, Cycling News

Cannondale
Cannondale Supersix Sagan LE, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Peter Sagan’s ‘Green Machine’ Cannondale SuperSix Evo, David Arthur, Road.cc
Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Peter Sagan’s Cannondale Synapse Evo Hi-Mod, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews 
Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Peter Sumner, Road Bike Review

Canyon
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Pro long-term, James Huang, Bike Radar
New Canyon aero road bike, Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX (video) Bicycling
Katusha’s Canyon quiver, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Luca Paolini's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, Cycling News
Alexander Kristoff’s Canyon CF SLX 9.0, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Alexander Kristoff’s brand new Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, David Arthur, Road.cc
Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX for the classics, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Alejandro Valverde's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (video) Global Cycling Network

Cervelo
Cervelo R5, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Andrew Talansky's Cervelo R5 Pro Bike, (video) Global Cycling Network
Johan Vansummeren's Cervelo R5, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Daniel Martin’s Cervelo S3, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Colnago
Colnago V1-r aero road bike launched, James Huang, Bike Radar
First Ride: Colnago V1-r  Matt Phillips, Bicycling
Yukiya Arashiro’s Colnago C60, David Arthur, Road.cc
Bryan Coquard’s Europcar Colnago V1-r aero race bike, David Arthur, Road.cc
Colnago C59 Italia review, CyclingNews

Felt
Felt road and cyclocross bikes for 2015, James Huang, Bike Radar

Focus
Focus Izalco Max AG2R, Warren Rossiter, Bike Radar
Christophe Riblon’s AG2R Focus Izalco Max, Caley Fretz, VeloNews 

Fondriest
Fondriest 2015 road range launched, Warren Rossiter, Bike Radar

Fuji
Fuji Altamira SL, Warren Rossiter, Bike Radar
Netapp-Endura’s new Fuji Transonic aero road bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Fuji Introduces New Aero Road Bike, Joe Lindsey, Bicycling

Giant
Marcel Kittel’s Giant Propel Advanced SL aero bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Marcel Kittel’s yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel, (video) Global Cycling Network
Lawson Craddock’s Giant TCR Advanced SL, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
John Degenkolb’s Giant Propel Advanced SL 0, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Giant performance road, mountain and cyclocross 2015, David Rome, Bike Radar

Kemo
Kemo's big debut, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar

Lapierre
Nacer Bouhanni’s Lapierre Aircode, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Sneak peek: Lapierre 2015, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Lapierre Aircode aero road bike, Mat Brett, Road.cc

Look
Look 695 Aerolight, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Look launch 795 aero road bike, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Daniel Navarro's Look 695, Mat Brett, Road.cc
First Look: Look 795 Aerolight Frame, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Merida
New Merida Reacto KOM, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Rui Costa’s world champ Merida Reacto KOM, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Orbea
Orbea 2015 road range - first look, Simon Greenacre, Bike Radar

Pinarello
Pinarello Dogma F8 launched - Chris Froome’s new Tour de France bike, Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Chris Froome’s Pinarello F8, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Chris Froome's Pinarello F8 photos, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Chris Froome's Pinarello F8 Tour de France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
Bradley Wiggins’ Pinarello Bolide, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Ian Stannard’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews

Ridley
Ridley Helium SL, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah Fast and Helium SL, David Arthur
Tony Gallopin’s yellow Ridley Helium SL, David Arthur, Road.cc

Scott
Sylvain Chavanel's Scott Addict, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Sylvain Chavanel’s IAM Cycling Scott Foil, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Svein Tuft’s pink Scott Foil, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Specialized
Vincenzo Nibali’s yellow Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Vincenzo Nibali’s shark Tarmac, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Vincenzo Nibali's Specialized Tarmac Bike, (video) Global Cycling Network
Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac & the McLaren Tarmac, Cycling Tips
Specialized's 2015 Tarmac Race Bike, (video) Bicycling
Alberto Contador's Specialized S-Work Tarmac, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Mark Cavendish’s custom S-Works Venge CVNDSH, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Mark Cavendish's New Specialized S-Works Venge (video) Global Cycling Network
Tony Martin’s stage-winning Specialized S-Works Shiv, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
The £16,000 Specialized McLaren S-Works Tarmac revealed, Cycling News
$20,000 Specialized S-Works McLaren Tarmac, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Alessandro Petacchi's S-Works Tarmac, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Rigoberto Uran’s Specialized Shiv TT bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Tom Boonen’s limited edition S-Works Venge, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Tom Boonen’s Specialized Roubaix SL4, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
First Ride: 2015 Specialized Tarmac, Mike Yozell, Bicycling

Trek
Trek 2015 road range - an overview, Matthew Allen, Bike Radar
Trek Émonda SLR, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Test riding the new Trek Émonda, Cycling Tips
Trek Emonda - Lightest Production Road Bike, (video) Global Cycling Network
2015 Trek Emonda (video) Bicycling
Fabian Cancellara’s Trek Domane for Paris-Roubaix, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Trek Speed Concept 9 Series, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Trek World 2014 - Lots of shiny 2015 bikes, Dave Atkinson, Road.cc

Wilier
Martijn Maaskant’s UnitedHealthcare Wilier Triestina Zero.7, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Special interest topics:
Pro Mechanics' Top Tips - Tour De France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
Team Sky's Custom Jaguar F-Type Coupé, (video) Global Cycling Network
Team Sky Mechanics' Truck Tour | Tour De France 2014 (video) Global Cycling Network
So what really happened to Alberto Contador's Specialized Tarmac yesterday at the Tour de France? David Arthur, Road.cc
That's Not How Carbon Fiber Works, Matt Phillips, Bicycling
Road disc brakes will be "race legal by 2016" - industry executive, Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Shaving your legs makes you faster, Jeff Jones, Bike Radar
Specialized test aerodynamics of a beard (video), Bike Radar

Pedal Dancer - A look back at the bikes of 2013:  All the Road Bike Reviews of the 2013 Tour de France