Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Start list - Olympic Time Trial, Weds Aug 1st






Women

12:30:00 24 FERNANDES SILVA Clemilda (Brazil)
12:31:30 23 SUNDSTEDT Pia (Finland)
12:33:00 22 de VOCHT Liesbet (Belgium)
12:34:30 21 MOOLMAN Ashleigh (South Africa)
12:36:00 20 CORDON Audrey (France)
12:37:30 19 ANTOSHINA Tatiana (Russia)
12:39:00 18 TCHALYKH Elena (Azerbaijan)
12:40:30 17 GUDERZO Tatiana (Italy)
12:42:00 16 RAMSDEN Denise (Canada)
12:43:30 15 ZABELINSKAYA Olga (Russia)
12:45:00 14 FAHLIN Emilia (Sweden)
12:46:30 13 WORRACK Trixi (Germany)
12:48:00 12 CANTELE Noemi (Italy)
12:49:30 11 GILLOW Shara (Australia)
12:51:00 10 van DIJK Ellen (The Netherlands)
12:52:30 9 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth (Great Britain)
12:54:00 8 JOHANSSON Emma (Sweden)
12:55:30 7 NEBEN Amber (United States)
12:57:00 6 POOLEY Emma (Great Britain)
12:58:30 5 HUGHES Clara (Canada)
13:00:00 4 VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie (New Zealand)
13:01:30 3 VOS Marianne (The Netherlands)
13:03:00 2 ARNDT Judith (Germany)
13:04:30 1 ARMSTRONG Kristin (United States)

Men

14:15:00 37 LAHSAINI Mouhcine (Morocco)
14:16:30 36 GIL MARTINEZ Tomas Aurelio (Venezuela)
14:18:00 35 HAGHI Alireza (Iran)
14:19:30 34 AKDILEK Ahmet (Turkey)
14:21:00 33 NAZARET Magno Prado (Brazil)
14:22:30 32 BEPPU Fumiyuki (Japan)
14:24:00 31 BAZAYEV Assan (Kazakhstan)
14:25:30 30 McCANN David (Ireland)
14:27:00 29 BAK Lars Ytting (Denmark)
14:28:30 28 ALBASINI Michael (Switzerland)
14:30:00 27 DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres (Colombia)
14:31:30 26 BOOM Lars (The Netherlands)
14:33:00 25 BAUER Jack (New Zealand)
14:34:30 24 BRAJKOVIC Janez (Slovenia)
14:36:00 23 BODNAR Maciej (Poland)
14:37:30 22 GILBERT Philippe (Belgium)
14:39:00 21 VINOKUROV Alexandr (Kazakhstan)
14:40:30 20 HESJEDAL Ryder (Canada)
14:42:00 19 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan (Spain)
14:43:30 18 FUGLSANG Jakob (Denmark)
14:45:00 17 OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe S. Simoes (Portugal)
14:46:30 16 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Norway)
14:48:00 15 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas (Lithuania)
14:49:30 14 MENCHOV Denis (Russia)
14:51:00 13 WESTRA Lieuwe (The Netherlands)
14:52:30 12 KIRYIENKA Vasil (Belarus)
14:54:00 11 LARSSON Gustav (Sweden)
14:55:30 10 ROGERS Michael (Australia)
14:57:00 9 GRABSCH Bert (Germany)
14:58:30 8 CHAVANEL Sylvain (France)
15:00:00 7 FROOME Christopher (Great Britain)
15:01:30 6 PINOTTI Marco (Italy)
15:03:00 5 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon (Spain)
15:04:30 4 PHINNEY Taylor (United States)
15:06:00 3 MARTIN Tony (Germany)
15:07:30 2 WIGGINS Bradley (Great Britain)
15:09:00 1 CANCELLARA Fabian (Switzerland)

Cancellara ‘almost broken,’ but planning for Olympic time trial


  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published 14 hours ago
Cancellara plans to put up a gold medal defense, despite crashing hard on Saturday. Photo: Graham Watson |www.grahamwatson.com

LONDON (AFP) — Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara will fight through the pain of an injured shoulder to defend his Olympic time trial crown on Wednesday.

Cancellara crashed heavily while in contention for a medal in the men’s road race on Saturday, injuring his shoulder but crucially avoiding fracturing his collarbone.

The Swiss, also a four-time world champion in the race against the clock, admitted Monday that he was “still in pain.”

But despite appearing to still place doubt on his intentions for the 44km race, held around Hampton Court Palace, a brief statement from his team said he would be at the start line.

“Cancellara will start in the time trial on Wednesday,” said the statement on the Swiss Olympic Association website www.swissolympic.ch.

Cancellara’s presence will add prestige to a competition in which hosts Britain will be looking to be among the medals.
Recent Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins claimed the yellow jersey largely due to his crushing victories in the two long time trials that featured on the race.

Wiggins, who already has three Olympic golds from track cycling’s pursuit events, will line up as the favorite ahead of Cancellara, Germany’s Tony Martin, fellow Briton Chris Froome and Gustav Larsson of Sweden.

If Cancellara overcomes the pain of his injury to medal on Wednesday, it would be yet another dramatic episode in what has been a troubled season for him so far.

The Swiss, one of the sport’s biggest one-day classics champions, broke his right collarbone in four places when he crashed at the Tour of Flanders in April. He still has a metal pin in his right shoulder.

He bounced back in style at the Tour de France earlier this month, winning the opening prologue and wearing the yellow jersey for the first seven stages before ending his race early to be with his expectant wife.

Cancellara admitted the pain in his shoulder left him feeling it was “almost broken.”

But he added: “I’m optimistic. I have to think positive otherwise I could have flown home already yesterday.”

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Giro Air Attack Helmet

7/19/20 - You probably have noticed the new Giro Air Attack helmet being used by key riders from the Garmin-Sharp and Rabobank teams during the early flat stages of the Tour de France. According to Giro, “the all-new Air Attack™ is a revolutionary helmet combining aerodynamically efficient design with patent pending Roc Loc® Air system that enhances fit, comfort and cooling power to optimize rider efficiency.”

With a systematic approach to design and wind tunnel–tested performance, the Air Attack offers reduced aerodynamic drag, light weight and tremendous cooling power. Taken together, these factors can help riders to use their power more efficiently, creating what Giro calls “Free Speed”. The Air Attack will be available in two versions – including one with a magnetically-anchored optical shield, with MSRP of $200 USD and $240 USD respectively. The helmet will be available in Spring 2013.

Saturday, July 28, 2012





The S-Works crankset now has a cost effective upgrade to accurate power measurement thanks to the Quarq Power Meter. Available in both standard and compact BCD’s, ANT+ ready connectivity

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bradley Wiggins’ Tour Training





Tim Kerrison: the man behind Bradley Wiggins’ Tour


“One of the things we looked at was the race programme. There’s a requirement to ride all WorldTour races, but let’s take away this approach of going from race to race to race, and in between races you have a couple of days to recover and a couple of days to get ready for the next race. Riders would go through a whole season and never actually train.

“So with quite a few of our riders we stripped the race programme down, so they were getting enough race days, but also enough blocks between race days to get some good training in. We tried to dispel this myth that you have to race to be ready to race.”

An example of this came last year, when Wiggins crashed out of the Tour de France and was preparing for the Vuelta. “We were debating whether he should go and race in Denmark to get some racing in his legs before the Vuelta, but ultimately we decided it would be better to train, and control the training load, than a race where you can’t control the training load.”

‘Control’ is the word that crops up again and again. Some of Kerrison’s innovations are visible — the warm-downs after stages, for example. “It took a while to convince everybody that was something we should do,” he says. But others are less so.

The data that Kerrison collects, which allows him to build his training models and to establish “what it takes to be the best in the world,” is tightly guarded. And the question of whether they would be willing to release it is a difficult one. “We do make some of it public,” says Kerrison, “but our reservation about making our performers’ data public is that we’re trying to develop guys and a team where the guys are all the best in world at the jobs they do.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Specialized clincher TT tire at the Tour de France

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) will run Specialized's new clincher tires on Zipp carbon clincher wheels during this year's Tour de France time trials

This article originally published on BikeRadar

Tony Martin shocked tubular tire aficionados when he won last year's UCI time trial world championships on Continental clinchers, and then repeated the feat to capture the German national title.

Martin will continue the trend at this year's Tour de France and according to new tire sponsor Specialized, the decision is one purely rooted in speed: clinchers are faster.

Tubulars are still widely favored in racing circles for a number of reasons: they're safer in the event of a puncture since they can be ridden flat; they generally offer better cornering characteristics on account of their (usually) round cross-sections; they're lighter as a wheel-tire system; and oftentimes they're more supple and thus deliver a better feel for the road.

However, in terms of rolling resistance, several studies have already shown that clinchers can sometimes perform better than tubulars, and Specialized is capitalizing on that fact with a special new TT-specific tire developed with the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

Specialized is basing that claim on data from independent wheel and tire test facility Wheel Energy in Nastola, Finland. According to data provided by Specialized to BikeRadar, Martin's prototype 700x24mm S-Works Turbo clincher generates 21.8 watts of rolling resistance when equipped with a latex inner tube (50kg static load, 116psi, 40km/h). An ultra-thin butyl tube moves the needle to 23.7W, a Continental TT-specific clincher with the same butyl tube logs 27.8W, and interestingly, Continental's Competition tubular tire is a touch slower at 28.8W.

Friday, July 20, 2012

TdF Stage 19 TT Preview




It may all come down to this: 53.5km against the clock, the day before the race hits Paris.

It’s simple. If Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) or Denis Menchov (Katusha) are on-the-level at the start of the nearly pancake-flat individual time trial, they will be the riders competing for the final podium. If the climbers like Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) or Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) have put three-plus minutes into them, the final overall will come down to mere seconds in Chartres.

“I won’t say it won’t be won or lost in the mountains, but it certainly could be won or lost in the time trials,” BEvans explained ahead of the time trial on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which was nearly identical, save for a hair more climbing. “For the Tour, it depends on how the contenders are in the mountains to understand if the time trials will count for nearly everything or not quite everything.”

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Robby Ketchell, Garmin-Sharp: "these days the most significant gains are made through equipment"

According to Garmin-Sharp sports scientist Robby Ketchell, these days the most significant gains are made through equipment

According to Garmin-Sharp sports scientist Robby Ketchell, these days the most significant gains are made through equipment

Ketchell himself admits that the rider produces the bulk of the total aerodynamic drag – roughly 80 percent, in fact. But while common sense would then suggest that rider position should be the main focus in the wind tunnel, Ketchell says the opposite is true. Given the UCI's increasingly stringent rules regarding such minutiae as arm and saddle angle, equipment optimization has actually increased in importance, particularly for time trial specialists whose positions are already highly refined.

"Equipment is really where we can pick and choose and make sure we have the right bearings, make sure that crank length is correct, make sure wheel and tire choices are right, handlebar and water bottle placement, everything," he said.

According to Ketchell, the five most important equipment categories are the frame, clothing, helmet, wheels, and tires, with nearly 30 percent of recent gains coming from the team's latest skinsuits on account of the enormous surface area involved. The other four categories in total combine for another 50 percent or so with other smaller factors filling in the remainder.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Campagnolo EPS Time Trial Launch


Campagnolo has made it official: it’s in the electronic shifting business for time trials and triathlons. The much-anticipated electronic shifters for the ends of aero bars and integrated into the tiny base-bar brake levers that debuted in the team time trial at the Giro d’Italia with Lampre-ISD, Movistar and Lotto-Belisol are here. Accompanying the shifters and brake levers are two levels of aero cranksets and a number of new aerodynamic wheels. For the first time in its history, Campagnolo is conducting a global product launch not on Italian soil, and it chose Southern California as the launching pad for a product whose principal sales will be to triathletes. With the new bar-end shifters, the levers always return to center after a shift in either direction, and they can shift all 11 gears in a single go in either direction. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

S-Works Quarq power meter and ANT+ Expert head unit


Specialized crank owners now have the option to keep their Specialized crank and still train with crank-measured power. The new S-Works Quarq Mercury spider comes in a compact or standard version designed to slide onto Specialized crank arms. At $1,500, it’s slightly less expensive than a SRAM/Quarq crankset, but would be cheaper for owners of S-Works bikes already equipped with Specialized’s cranks.

The new Expert head unit is even more enticing. While not GPS capable, the Expert never needs to be plugged in. It runs on a standard coin cell battery thanks to its ability to run on less power than any other power meter head unit. It also syncs wirelessly to the rider’s computer via an included USB thumb drive and does not need to be removed to link up. At $300, it’s relatively inexpensive for an ANT+ head unit and is smaller and sleeker than any other power meter head unit currently on the market.

http://velonews.competitor.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Time Trial Impressions with SRM

July 9, Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans - Besançon (ITT) 41.5km - Photos from the Individual Time Trial warm up with SRM Training Systems.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

TdF Stage 9 ITT Course

2012-2013 SoCal TT Series, category changes, and rules modifications - 10th annual running!



Category changes (to match with the SCNCA Cup/points) for the 2012-2013 TT Series are:

  • CAT 1/2 - The male elite level category for USCF PRO/1/2 racers, in men's PRO/1/2 TT races
  • CAT 3 - The male USCF CAT 3 race category, for men's CAT 3 TT races
  • CAT 4/5 The male category for USCF/CBR CAT 4 or 5 racers, in 4/5 TT races
  • Junior Men, ABR/CBR/USCF licensed, see details below for more information
  • Masters 35+ Men racing 35+ category licensed as USCF/CBR racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Masters 45+ Men racing in the 45+ category licensed as USCF/CBR racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Masters 55+ Men racing in the 55+ category licensed as USCF/CBR racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Masters 60+ Men racing in 60 and over categories licensed as USCF/CBR racers, or ABR, in masters TT races
  • Women 1-4 All women, elite, beginner and masters, licensed as USCF/CBR CAT 1/2/3/4 racers, or ABR

Note that the changes are the 35+, 45+, and 55+ male categories.

The TT Series schedule for 2013 will be comprised of 9 categories over 18 events, and will run Sep 2012 - Apr 2013. Awared/medals provided to 1st-3rd place. Jerseys and skinsuits are also available for purchase.

New! Races will be scored three places deep, vice 5 places deep in years past, and will be comprised of a rider's top-10 "best" race results (of these 18 events). This depth will allow for greater relevancy in race results, reflecting the importance of good placings along with frequency of placings.

Tentative schedule:
  • #01 09/09/12 Fiesta Island TT
  • #02 09/16/12 Toms Farms TT
  • #03 10/07/12 Piru TT
  • #04 10/14/12 Fiesta Island TT
  • #05 10/14/12 Toms Farms TT
  • #06 10/20/12 Santiago Cyn TT
  • #07 11/04/12 Piru TT
  • #08 11/17/12 Santiago Cyn TT
  • #09 11/22/12 Toms Farms TT
  • #10 11/23/12 Fiesta Island TT
  • #11 12/02/12 Piru TT
  • #12 12/09/12 Toms Farms TT
  • #13 01/XX/13 Piru TT
  • #14 01/XX/13 Toms Farms TT
  • #15 02/XX/13 Fiesta Island TT
  • #16 03/XX/13 Fiesta Island TT
  • #17 03/XX/13 Santiago Cyn TT
  • #18 04/XX/13 Santiago Cyn TT FINALS/AWARDS

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tour de France Stage 9 highlights


  • Bradley Wiggins (Sky) put in a masterful performance in the 41.5km stage 9 time trial.

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky) put in a masterful performance in the 41.5km stage 9 time trial.

    Photo credit © Sirotti

  • Bradley Wiggins (Sky) put in a stellar performance against the clock.

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky) put in a stellar performance against the clock.

    Photo credit © Bettini

  • Reigning time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) finished in 12th place.

    Reigning time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) finished in 12th place.

    Photo credit © Bettini

  • French time trial champioin Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

    French time trial champioin Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

    Photo credit © Sirotti

  • Tejay van Garderen (BMC) finished an impressive fourth on the stage and reclaimed the best young rider jersey.

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) finished an impressive fourth on the stage and reclaimed the best young rider jersey.

    Photo credit © Bettini

  • Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish third on the day behind the Sky duo of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish third on the day behind the Sky duo of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

    Photo credit © Sirotti

  • Cadel Evans (BMC) faces a near two-minute deficit to make up on Bradley Wiggins after the stage 9 time trial.

    Cadel Evans (BMC) faces a near two-minute deficit to make up on Bradley Wiggins after the stage 9 time trial.

    Photo credit © Bettini

  • Chris Froome (Sky) is the picture of concentration en route to his second place finish.

    Chris Froome (Sky) is the picture of concentration en route to his second place finish.

    Photo credit © Bettini

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fiesta Island Individual Time Trial - Sep 9th Pre Reg





Moment Cycle Sport's Fiesta Island Time Trials 2012 - Sep 9th

Presented by
Moment Cycle Sport & San Diego Bicycle Club


San Diego, CA
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Online Registration Closes
Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 3:00 AM ET

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Aero road helmets at the Tour



Giro claims that its Air Attack is 12 percent faster than its own heavily vented Aeon helmet and only 12 percent slower than its Selector time trial lid. And it does it while keeping a rider cool, at least as cool as a bare head.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gallery: Time trial bikes at the Tour's opening prologue

Cyclingnews.com
  • Ag2r-La Mondiale's Kuota Kalibur time trial bike.

    Ag2r-La Mondiale's Kuota Kalibur time trial bike.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Tidy internal cable routing on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice time trial bikes.

    Tidy internal cable routing on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice time trial bikes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Bert Grabsch prefers an extra-low handlebar position so Specialized had to make a special batch just for him.

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Bert Grabsch prefers an extra-low handlebar position so Specialized had to make a special batch just for him.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) bars look to be particularly grippy.

    Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) bars look to be particularly grippy.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Shiv sits on the work stand a few hours before his start in the 2012 Tour de France prologue.

    Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Shiv sits on the work stand a few hours before his start in the 2012 Tour de France prologue.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The threaded bit on the bottom of Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Shiv stem acts as a barrel adjuster, pushing a piece of housing that's embedded inside.

    The threaded bit on the bottom of Tony Martin's (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) Specialized S-Works Shiv stem acts as a barrel adjuster, pushing a piece of housing that's embedded inside.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) had a fleet of Zipp aero clincher wheels at his disposal for the prologue, including these carbon-rimmed flat clincher discs - which aren't even listed on Zipp's web site.

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) had a fleet of Zipp aero clincher wheels at his disposal for the prologue, including these carbon-rimmed flat clincher discs - which aren't even listed on Zipp's web site.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • A digital clock lets all of the Rabobank riders keep track of time while warming up.

    A digital clock lets all of the Rabobank riders keep track of time while warming up.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Rabobank brought its own misting machine to help keep riders from overheating during warm-up.

    Rabobank brought its own misting machine to help keep riders from overheating during warm-up.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Rabobank's Giant Trinity Advanced SL handlebars debuted four years ago but they still look modern.

    Rabobank's Giant Trinity Advanced SL handlebars debuted four years ago but they still look modern.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Giant's rear-mounted front brake was a novel idea when they were introduced but we expect the next generation to be better integrated.

    Giant's rear-mounted front brake was a novel idea when they were introduced but we expect the next generation to be better integrated.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Team Movistar's Pinarello Graal time trial bike.

    Team Movistar's Pinarello Graal time trial bike.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Lotto-Belisol's Deda Elementi time trial cockpits.

    Lotto-Belisol's Deda Elementi time trial cockpits.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice had a standard Mavic Cosmic Carbone 80 front wheel fitted instead of the newer Cosmic CXR 80.

    Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice had a standard Mavic Cosmic Carbone 80 front wheel fitted instead of the newer Cosmic CXR 80.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel sported the new Campagnolo Bora Ultra aero cranks on his Ridley Dean.

    Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel sported the new Campagnolo Bora Ultra aero cranks on his Ridley Dean.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The non-driveside Campagnolo Bora Ultra aero crankarm is notably deep.

    The non-driveside Campagnolo Bora Ultra aero crankarm is notably deep.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Lotto-Belisol captain Jurgen van den Broeck had a new Campagnolo disc wheel fitted to his Ridley Dean today. We don't have specific details on it at the moment but the full carbon construction is certainly lighter than the antiquated model Campagnolo currently offers and the freehub body is finally properly sized for an 11-speed cassette.

    Lotto-Belisol captain Jurgen van den Broeck had a new Campagnolo disc wheel fitted to his Ridley Dean today. We don't have specific details on it at the moment but the full carbon construction is certainly lighter than the antiquated model Campagnolo currently offers and the freehub body is finally properly sized for an 11-speed cassette.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The split-blade fork on Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Dean time trial bikes is said to pull air out away from the wheel.

    The split-blade fork on Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Dean time trial bikes is said to pull air out away from the wheel.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Dean time trial bike.

    Lotto-Belisol's Ridley Dean time trial bike.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Lotto-Belisol riders were using a new Lazer time trial helmet during today's prologue. In keeping with current trends, there are no forward-facing vents at all (likely for better aerodynamics). Two lateral ridges on the top are presumably there based on wind tunnel testing.

    Lotto-Belisol riders were using a new Lazer time trial helmet during today's prologue. In keeping with current trends, there are no forward-facing vents at all (likely for better aerodynamics). Two lateral ridges on the top are presumably there based on wind tunnel testing.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Campagnolo's new EPS time trial shifters were installed on the Lotto-Belisol team bikes.

    Campagnolo's new EPS time trial shifters were installed on the Lotto-Belisol team bikes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The UCI has apparently taken issue with this sort of tape.

    The UCI has apparently taken issue with this sort of tape.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Rabobank's Giant Trinity Advanced SL time trial bike.

    Rabobank's Giant Trinity Advanced SL time trial bike.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Saddles took a slight tilt upward on many bikes to help riders maintain their positions while tucked. The UCI recently decided that add-on friction material wasn't allowed unless it was built into the saddle.

    Saddles took a slight tilt upward on many bikes to help riders maintain their positions while tucked. The UCI recently decided that add-on friction material wasn't allowed unless it was built into the saddle.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Saur-Sojasun mechanics resorted to lots of electrical tape and zip-ties for this SRM PowerControl 7 computer head.

    Saur-Sojasun mechanics resorted to lots of electrical tape and zip-ties for this SRM PowerControl 7 computer head.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The Look Ergostem on this Saur-Sojasun time trial bike was noticeably unlabeled. The team's bike sponsor is Time.

    The Look Ergostem on this Saur-Sojasun time trial bike was noticeably unlabeled. The team's bike sponsor is Time.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Panaracer tubulars on the Saur-Sojasun time trial bikes.

    Panaracer tubulars on the Saur-Sojasun time trial bikes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The paint job on this Saur-Sojasun time trial bike was so convincing that we didn't even notice at first that it's actually a Trek Speed Concept, not a Time RXR. Saur-Sojasun had at least two of them in its pit area today.

    The paint job on this Saur-Sojasun time trial bike was so convincing that we didn't even notice at first that it's actually a Trek Speed Concept, not a Time RXR. Saur-Sojasun had at least two of them in its pit area today.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Several Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bikes had down tube water bottle holes that were never drilled through.

    Several Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bikes had down tube water bottle holes that were never drilled through.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bike.

    Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's Specialized S-Works Shiv time trial bike.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Castelli's Steve Smith checks in on the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's new skinsuits.

    Castelli's Steve Smith checks in on the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's new skinsuits.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The handlebar setup of Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon time trial bikes.

    The handlebar setup of Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon time trial bikes.

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  • Bianchi claims the chain stay port on Vacansoleil-DCM's Pico Carbon time trial bikes improves stiffness.

    Bianchi claims the chain stay port on Vacansoleil-DCM's Pico Carbon time trial bikes improves stiffness.

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  • It's funny how things that were once touted as aero are looking downright dated today.

    It's funny how things that were once touted as aero are looking downright dated today.

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  • Saur-Sojasun riders were mostly aboard the Time RXR for Saturday's prologue.

    Saur-Sojasun riders were mostly aboard the Time RXR for Saturday's prologue.

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  • This Rabobank rear wheel was unlabeled but it looks like a HED disc to us.

    This Rabobank rear wheel was unlabeled but it looks like a HED disc to us.

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  • There's a lot going on around the bottom bracket of Radioshack-Nissan's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes, including a battery mount, hidden rear brake, and a wireless speed and cadence sensor.

    There's a lot going on around the bottom bracket of Radioshack-Nissan's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes, including a battery mount, hidden rear brake, and a wireless speed and cadence sensor.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • This giant decal covers up the carbon 'spokes' of a Lightweight disc wheel.

    This giant decal covers up the carbon 'spokes' of a Lightweight disc wheel.

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  • The ultra-clean front end of Radioshack-Nissan's Trek Speed Concept.

    The ultra-clean front end of Radioshack-Nissan's Trek Speed Concept.

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  • Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) rode a Trek Speed Concept similar to this one to a victory in today's prologue.

    Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) rode a Trek Speed Concept similar to this one to a victory in today's prologue.

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  • The distinctly squared-off trailing edges of Radioshack-Nissan's Trek Speed Concept time trial bike.

    The distinctly squared-off trailing edges of Radioshack-Nissan's Trek Speed Concept time trial bike.

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  • Radioshack-Nissan runs seatposts that are slightly shallower than what's sold on consumer bikes.

    Radioshack-Nissan runs seatposts that are slightly shallower than what's sold on consumer bikes.

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  • The UCI doesn't allow Radioshack-Nissan to run the rear cover on the Speed Concept (saying it's a fairing) so team bikes make do with slightly exposed cabling.

    The UCI doesn't allow Radioshack-Nissan to run the rear cover on the Speed Concept (saying it's a fairing) so team bikes make do with slightly exposed cabling.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Saur-Sojasun's Vision time trial bars.

    Saur-Sojasun's Vision time trial bars.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon time trial machines.

    Vacansoleil-DCM's Bianchi Pico Carbon time trial machines.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The seat stays of the Cannondale Slice hug the rear wheel until just above the dropouts while the chain stays and noticeably angled top-to-bottom.

    The seat stays of the Cannondale Slice hug the rear wheel until just above the dropouts while the chain stays and noticeably angled top-to-bottom.

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  • This Ag2r-La Mondiale rider needs a hinged stem to get low enough on his Kuota Kalibur time trial machine.

    This Ag2r-La Mondiale rider needs a hinged stem to get low enough on his Kuota Kalibur time trial machine.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (BMC) runs an ultra-low handlebar position on his time trial bike.

    2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (BMC) runs an ultra-low handlebar position on his time trial bike.

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  • BMC's TimeMachine TM01 time trial bikes enjoy a bake in the sun before the start of the 2012 Tour de France prologue.

    BMC's TimeMachine TM01 time trial bikes enjoy a bake in the sun before the start of the 2012 Tour de France prologue.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The Look 596 of French team Cofidis.

    The Look 596 of French team Cofidis.

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  • Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Ordu.

    Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Ordu.

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  • The UCI has recently decreed that stick-on grip tape isn't allowed. We saw lots of upturned saddles and saddles with residual adhesive from patches that had been hastily removed.

    The UCI has recently decreed that stick-on grip tape isn't allowed. We saw lots of upturned saddles and saddles with residual adhesive from patches that had been hastily removed.

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  • Europcar's riders used a mix of the new Colnago K.Zero and old Flight time trial bikes for Saturday's prologue.

    Europcar's riders used a mix of the new Colnago K.Zero and old Flight time trial bikes for Saturday's prologue.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The new Colnago K.Zero of team Europcar features integrated brakes front and rear.

    The new Colnago K.Zero of team Europcar features integrated brakes front and rear.

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  • The integrated rear brakes allow for a sleek seat stay setup on Europcar's new Colnago K.Zeros.

    The integrated rear brakes allow for a sleek seat stay setup on Europcar's new Colnago K.Zeros.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Threaded bottom bracket shells on Europcar's Colnago K.Zero frames.

    Threaded bottom bracket shells on Europcar's Colnago K.Zero frames.

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  • Vittoria Corsa EVO SC tubular tires for Marcel Kittel's (Argos-Shimano) Felt DA.

    Vittoria Corsa EVO SC tubular tires for Marcel Kittel's (Argos-Shimano) Felt DA.

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  • The aluminum stem on Argos-Shimano's Felt DA time trial bikes features a cutout for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 control box.

    The aluminum stem on Argos-Shimano's Felt DA time trial bikes features a cutout for the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 control box.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Ag2r-La Mondiale riders used Reynolds' ultralight RZR 92 wheelsets for the opening prologue.

    Ag2r-La Mondiale riders used Reynolds' ultralight RZR 92 wheelsets for the opening prologue.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Sleek PRO Missile Evo integrated aero bars on the front end of Marcel Kittel's (Argos-Shimano) Felt DA.

    Sleek PRO Missile Evo integrated aero bars on the front end of Marcel Kittel's (Argos-Shimano) Felt DA.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Felt builds a battery mount into the bottom of the down tube on Argos-Shimano's DA time trial bikes but the team puts them up behind the seatpost.

    Felt builds a battery mount into the bottom of the down tube on Argos-Shimano's DA time trial bikes but the team puts them up behind the seatpost.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Shimano Di2-equipped teams ran a wide range of battery mounts. Argos-Shimano places them behind the seatpost but others put them beneath the down tube, underneath the chain stay, or inside the frame.

    Shimano Di2-equipped teams ran a wide range of battery mounts. Argos-Shimano places them behind the seatpost but others put them beneath the down tube, underneath the chain stay, or inside the frame.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The integrated rear brake on Argos-Shimano's Felt DA.

    The integrated rear brake on Argos-Shimano's Felt DA.

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  • Marcel Kittel's (Argos-Shimano) Felt DA before the prologue of the 2012 Tour de France.

    Marcel Kittel's (Argos-Shimano) Felt DA before the prologue of the 2012 Tour de France.

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  • Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) runs a clipped Selle Italia SLR Team Edition saddle on his Felt DA.

    Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) runs a clipped Selle Italia SLR Team Edition saddle on his Felt DA.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The sleek seat stay-seat tube junction on Argos-Shimano's Felt DA time trial bikes.

    The sleek seat stay-seat tube junction on Argos-Shimano's Felt DA time trial bikes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Europcar team mechanics seem to be using the trainer quick-release to both hold the bike in the trainer and the wheel in the frame - which doesn't seem like a good idea to us.

    Europcar team mechanics seem to be using the trainer quick-release to both hold the bike in the trainer and the wheel in the frame - which doesn't seem like a good idea to us.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The seatpost clamp on Europcar's new Colnago K.Zero time trial frames comprises just a slight bump to the top tube section.

    The seatpost clamp on Europcar's new Colnago K.Zero time trial frames comprises just a slight bump to the top tube section.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Integrated brakes front and rear on the Wilier Triestina TwinFoil leave the seat stays nice and clean.

    Integrated brakes front and rear on the Wilier Triestina TwinFoil leave the seat stays nice and clean.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Vision carbon fiber aero bars on the front end of Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice.

    Vision carbon fiber aero bars on the front end of Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The integrated brakes on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice time trial bikes are essentially just mini V-brakes.

    The integrated brakes on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice time trial bikes are essentially just mini V-brakes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The integrated rear brake on the Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale Slice time trial bike fits neatly underneath the chain stays.

    The integrated rear brake on the Liquigas-Cannondale Cannondale Slice time trial bike fits neatly underneath the chain stays.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Campagnolo marketing and communications director Lorenzo Taxis (left) and company president Valentino Campagnolo pay a visit to their old friends at Liquigas-Cannondale.

    Campagnolo marketing and communications director Lorenzo Taxis (left) and company president Valentino Campagnolo pay a visit to their old friends at Liquigas-Cannondale.

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  • Cannondale's Si Aero crankset features a solid chainring spider whose shape flows cleanly around the crankarm.

    Cannondale's Si Aero crankset features a solid chainring spider whose shape flows cleanly around the crankarm.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The fork on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice features an external steerer and an integrated front brake.

    The fork on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice features an external steerer and an integrated front brake.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice time trial machine.

    Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice time trial machine.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice is still fitted with previous-generation SRAM Red.

    Vincenzo Nibali's (Liquigas-Cannondale) Cannondale Slice is still fitted with previous-generation SRAM Red.

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  • Lampre-ISD's Wilier Triestina TwinFoil time trial bikes are certainly hard to miss what with their incredibly loud paint jobs.

    Lampre-ISD's Wilier Triestina TwinFoil time trial bikes are certainly hard to miss what with their incredibly loud paint jobs.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The unique split fork of Lampre-ISD's Wilier Triestina TwinFoil time trial bikes.

    The unique split fork of Lampre-ISD's Wilier Triestina TwinFoil time trial bikes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The integrated brake gives the new Colnago K.Zero bikes of team Europcar a sleek and clean look.

    The integrated brake gives the new Colnago K.Zero bikes of team Europcar a sleek and clean look.

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  • Colnago offers the new K.Zero with an integrated cockpit but Europcar bikes were equipped with Deda bars.

    Colnago offers the new K.Zero with an integrated cockpit but Europcar bikes were equipped with Deda bars.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • PRO Missile Evo integrated aero bars on the front end of FDJ-BigMat's Lapierre Aerostorm time trial bikes.

    PRO Missile Evo integrated aero bars on the front end of FDJ-BigMat's Lapierre Aerostorm time trial bikes.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The Lapierre Aerostorm time trial bikes of FDJ-BigMat.

    The Lapierre Aerostorm time trial bikes of FDJ-BigMat.

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  • Garmin-Sharp riders were almost entirely on new Cervélo P5 machines for Saturday's opening prologue. 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal's machine is in the foreground.

    Garmin-Sharp riders were almost entirely on new Cervélo P5 machines for Saturday's opening prologue. 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal's machine is in the foreground.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • _V6O6764 - Abbas Saeiditanha of Azad make a break away

    _V6O6764 - Abbas Saeiditanha of Azad make a break away

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  • _V6O6764 - Abbas Saeiditanha of Azad make a break away

    _V6O6764 - Abbas Saeiditanha of Azad make a break away

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  • Orica-GreenEdge's Scott Plasma 3 time trial bikes before the opening prologue.

    Orica-GreenEdge's Scott Plasma 3 time trial bikes before the opening prologue.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The ultra-sleek Canyon Speedmax CF of Katusha rider Denis Menchov.

    The ultra-sleek Canyon Speedmax CF of Katusha rider Denis Menchov.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing

  • The sculpted stays on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice time trial bike.

    The sculpted stays on Liquigas-Cannondale's Cannondale Slice time trial bike.

    Photo credit © James Huang/Future Publishing