Tech gallery: Bikes of Tour of Flanders, part 2

A new bike, a limited-run bike, and a DIY optimised bike.

In part one of our bikes of the Tour of Flanders gallery, we looked at the bikes of two former winners, Lotte Kopecky and Alexander Kristoff. In part two, we take a closer look at one former winner’s new paint job, the new Giant TCR of the oh-so-close man of the monuments, and a lesser-known name optimising her bike better than most.

The image shows Michael Matthews' new Giant TCR on a bike rack alongside the teams other bikes outside the team bus.
Michael Matthews raced Flanders on the new Giant TCR Advanced SL. Matthews and Jayco AlUla’s day went from jubilation to devastation after the race jury decided to relegate the Australian rider for what it deemed a sprint deviation. Nevertheless, the Team Jayco AlUla team colourway, despite its many colours, somehow works so well, especially on Matthew’s new TCR.
The image shows the new Giant TCR with Giant Propel frames in the background.
The rest of the team raced on Giant’s Propel frame with a similar colourway. The paint may look similar but the differences in the TCR’s head tube, down tube, and seat stays are evident in this photo.
The image shows a close-up shot of the fork crown on the new TCR with shiny chrome bronze paint.
Oh, shiny forks! Matthews raced on Cadex Ultra 50 tubeless wheels with 30 mm Corsa Pros.
The image shows the head tube of the new Giant TCR.
Like it or loathe it, the TCR has finally gone internal hose routing.
The new Cadex Aero Integrated Handlebar is a key component of that shift to internal routing.

Marga López’s Ridley Helium SLX

Alberto Bettiol’s limited edition Cannondale

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