RIDLEY NOAH SL
Aero weapon for the big German sprinter
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.