Chris Froome’s Giro-win­ning

Pinarello Dogma F10

Cycling Weekly - - TECH GIRO BIKE -

Chris Froome is used to fin­ish­ing a Grand Tour with a cer­e­mo­nial cus­tom paintjob bike. How­ever, in­stead of glanc­ing down to see yel­low or red liv­ery, pink was on the menu when he rolled around Rome on May 27.

The Dogma F10 X-light was launched just be­fore the 2017 Tour de France and this model doesn’t fea­ture any new com­po­nents since that launch, but when you win three Grand Tours back-to­back-to-back why would you? With­out want­ing to tempt fate, the new frame was painted pink the night be­fore the fi­nal stage — once over­all race vic­tory was all but con­firmed — at the Pinarello fac­tory in Tre­viso.

Be­fore mak­ing the 5.5-hour drive through the night to the me­chan­ics in Rome, who then built it up for the fi­nal stage, Fausto Pinarello him­self wrote a per­son­alised mes­sage which reads ‘Gra­zie Chris’, just be­low the seat to give it that ex­tra spe­cial per­son­alised touch.

Froome was rid­ing with a Shi­mano Dura-ace R9100 groupset, com­ple­mented by the Osy­met­ric chain­rings that we have be­come ac­cus­tomed to see­ing him use through­out his ca­reer. He used a 52/38 on the front and a 30-11-tooth cas­sette on the back and power data was sup­plied by a Stages dual-sided me­ter.

Me­chan­i­cal re­li­a­bil­ity is just as cru­cial as a strong team for a suc­cess­ful Grand Tour cam­paign, with any mishaps po­ten­tially de­rail­ing his at­tack on the Colle delle Finestre. Con­ti­nen­tal Com­pe­ti­tion Pro tyres on Shi­mano C40 tubu­lar wheels re­duced the like­li­hood of any mishaps on the gravel roads of this year’s Cima Coppi.

Froome uses the deeper Dura Ace C60 wheels for the flat­ter stages and the shal­lower C40s in the moun­tains WHEELS

Froome has rid­den Osy­met­ric chain­rings for years

Mar­ginal gains: even bot­tle sup­plier Elite got in on the pink colour scheme

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