AG2R race on a prototype BMC at Dauphine

Despite its black paint, the prototype bike certainly stands out from the crowd.

New bike silly season is well and truly here. After Dylan Teuns of Israel-Premier Tech was spotted riding what appears to be a new Factor O2 VAM last week, AG2R riders Ben O’Connor and Greg van Avermaet were both seen riding a prototype BMC on the opening stage of this year’s Criterium du Dauphine Sunday.

Despite its matt black stealth paint job, the exceptionally wide fork legs and sharp angles of this prototype has it standing out from the crown.

The fork legs carry the BMC and Red Bull Advanced Technologies logos, presumably indicating the new bike is the result of the continued partnership between the Swiss bike manufacturer and the high-performance vehicle engineering division of Red Bull Racing. That partnership delivered a triathlon bike last year and has seemingly focused on delivering an aero-optimised road frame this year.

It’s unclear if the new bike will replace the TimeMachine, BMC’s dedicated aero platform. The bike offers its fair share of aero cues, and despite its clear differences and upgrades, fits the TimeMachine family mould with mostly mid-depth aero-profiled tubes and integrated bottle cages. That said, it does have the air of an “all-rounder” and could prove to be an entirely new model.

Given AG2R is riding the prototype frame in the Dauphine, it seems almost certain that the same frame will appear in action at the upcoming Tour de France. That is, at least assuming the team has registered the bike with the UCI’s new TDF Equipment Register. The new road bike is the second new BMC spotted under a pro rider in as many months after Tudor Pro Cycling rider Tom Bohli was seen riding a new TimeMachine TT bike in April’s Tour de Romandie.

While we at Escape Collective couldn’t be on the ground at this year’s Criterium du Dauphine, our colleagues at have kindly provided these photos of the new BMC as seen at the start of stage one.

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