Cycling Paris-Roubaix Femmes podium bikes
Up close with the mud-splattered podium bikes of an exciting and unpredictable edition.
A trio of excellent bikes, if not the ones most pundits predicted would be here.
The third installment of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift was a truly fascinating and exciting affair. “That’s Roubaix” seemed the only explanation many could muster after the cobbles, the crashes, and the first successful breakaway in three editions.
That long-range move landed three riders on the podium
very few could have tipped in advance. While the riders were prepping for their podium, we took a closer look at the bikes that carried them to it.
We have a deeper dive Roubaix tech gallery in the works. In the meantime, here is the Cannondale SuperSix Evo of Alison Jackson (EF Education-Tibco-SVB), the Liv Langma of Katia Ragusa (Liv Racing Teqfind), and the Canyon Aeroad of Marthe Truyen (Fenix-Deceuninck) as seen on the Roubaix podium. Dirt, mud, dust, and all.
Alison Jackson of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB raced this recently announced Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 LAb71 (51 cm) to top spot on the Roubaix podium. Like some other past Roubaix winners, this bike might never get washed. Would you wash the Roubaix mud off the winning bike? Just did! Tubulars take their first Paris-Roubaix Femme! Jackson raced on Vision Metron 40 tubular wheels with Vittoria tubs. The entire EF squad raced on 30 mm tubular Vittoria Corsa Controls. We are reliably informed the team did test tubeless tyres on the pave earlier this week, but found the riders preferred the tubulars. Some riders had complained the tubeless tyres at the lower pressures for Roubaix bounced too much on the pave and in some instances “burped” causing pressure drops. Jackson raced with 3.4 bar / 49 PSI front and rear. Lab71 is Cannondale’s new racing division’s highest-spec carbon layup frames. A Paris-Roubaix win is just about the perfect gift in marketing the new top-of-the-range frame. The Arundel Mandible bottle cage with extra grip applied to aid bottle retention across the roughest roads of the entire season. The red tag is to signify the bike has passed the UCI motor scan. The bike is completed with a Shimano Dura-Ace 12-speed groupset, FSA K-Force 170 mm cranks and 53/39 chainrings and 11/30 cassette. The team is using Wahoo Speedplay Zero pedals. Prologo saddles and bar tape complete the build. A 12 cm stem is paired to 38 cm wide handlebars. Katia Ragusa of Liv Racing TeqFind raced this Liv Langma Advanced SL Disc to second place in the Roubaix velodrome. The Liv Racing TeqFind Langmas are equipped with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupsets, Cadex 42 Tubular wheels, and Cadex tyres. Plenty more mud where this came from. Race day was dry, but the roads at Roubaix need days to dry. After heavy rain in the previous few days, all the race traffic quickly washed the mud and dirt from the sides onto the cobbles. FTP update required? I can’t imagine this was all that visible in the midst of the Roubaix chaos. 172.5 mm, 50/37 tooth chainrings for Ragusa on SRAM Red eTap AXS crankset with Quarq power meter. Completing the equally impressive and unexpected podium was Marthe Truyen of Fenix-Deceuninck racing a Canyon Aeroad. The obligatory Roubaix dirt photo. And the increasingly obligatory Fenix-Deceuninck course info/fuelling plan stem sticker. Truyen was the only rider on the podium on a tubeless setup. 32 mm Vittoria Corsa Pros on Dura-Ace C36 wheels, to be precise. The purple Canyons have caught a lot of attention this spring. Fans of the colour will no doubt appreciate its place on the Roubaix podium. Truyen and the Fenix-Deceuninck squad race with 9200 Dura-Ace 12-speed groupsets paired with R9100P Dura-Ace 11-speed power meter cranksets. It’s a 52-36 chainring combo on Truyen’s bike. 170 mm cranks, but just look at that splash. Nobody does it better than nature. What did you think of this story?
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