RIDE Inside the 2013 Tour de France – 27 July (Team Sky)

With the start of the 100th Tour de France just days away RIDE Media Publisher Rob Arnold  is in Corsica to cover this years race.  The final days before the race sees each of the teams making final adjustments to their equipment and ensuring everything is clean and ready for three weeks of hard racing.  Team Sky will be riding their new Pinarello Bolide TT bike in the team Time Trial in Nice on Stage 04 and RIDE was there to capture the preparation of the favourites bikes.

Below find a selection of images of Australian Richie Porte’s bike as it was built up ready for action…

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One of a handful of Shimano factory backed teams, Team Sky has access to the latest Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 groupsets.

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A distinctive feature of the new Pinarello is it’s break ‘shroud’ or cover. Somehow this is UCI legal…

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The first of many vehicle cleaning sessions for the 100the Tour de France

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Although the first TT stage is still five days away the days prior to the race are the last chance for riders to make any major changes to the set-up. The whole team would spend time on their new bikes today to ensure everything was perfect for the 25km team time trial in Nice.

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One of the benefits of Shimano Di2 becomes obvious when watching a TT build. Threading the wires through the frame isn’t doesn’t affect the way they operate, unlike a traditional cable system.

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Branding has always been one of the key objectives for the British team, and this is another example of how it can be done well on a frame.

Author: Ride Media

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