The bike that won the Tour de France

Procycling - - Prologue -

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.

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