RI­D­LEY NOAH SL

Aero weapon for the big Ger­man sprinter

Procycling - - Prologue - AN­DRÉ GREIPEL'S

An­dré Greipel's bike stands ready for bat­tle ahead of stage 4 of the 2016 Tour de France. The Ger­man was fourth on the open­ing stage and had been beaten by Mark Cavendish the day be­fore, so he had the form and seemed to only need to pull it all to­gether. Alas, the stage 4 fi­nale didn't go his way ei­ther and he had to roll in a frus­trated 18th. But Greipel per­se­vered and was re­warded on the fi­nal stage in Paris with vic­tory on the Champs-Élysées.

Greipel's bike is the aero Noah SL. Be­yond its fo­cus on speed, it suits the burly rider nick­named The Go­rilla be­cause it achieves its aero­dy­nam­ics with vir­tual air­foils and trips rather than skinny air­foil tube shapes. Ri­d­ley say this en­sures high stiff­ness un­der ped­alling forces, some­thing we ver­i­fied when Pro­cy­cling tested the bike last year.

Lotto-Soudal runs Cam­pag­nolo and Greipel opts for the elec­tronic EPS ver­sion of the Su­per Record groupset. The wheels are Bora Ul­tra 50s, which con­tinue with an un­fash­ion­ably skinny pro­file.

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