PINARELLO F8 XLIGHT
The bike that won the Tour de France
Never not in pursuit of marginal gains, Sky and Pinarello developed a lighter version of the F8 race bike for the 2016 Tour. Dubbed XLight, it’s claimed to save 80g from the regular F8 with no loss of stiffness or aerodynamics. Now at 780g, this version of the F8 is very light for a bike that’s also very slippery through the air thanks to its truncated airfoil tube shapes.
Tim De Waele photographed Froome’s bike ahead of stage 10 to Revel. Froome had already taken the overall lead two days before with his stunning descent into Luchon, so his bike now wears yellow bar tape. Stage 10 was a medium mountain day, so he had aero Shimano C50 tubs, Sky’s default race wheel way from the high mountains, fitted. He is also back on his regular 52/38 Osymetric chainrings, having used an extra-large set to bomb into Luchon. The outer ring has been modified by his mechanics to fit and visually integrate with his Shimano Dura-Ace cranks.