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Bikes of the 2013 Tour de France: Chris Froome’s yellow Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2

Chris Froome (Team Sky) rode into Paris for his coronation as Tour de France champion on a yellow Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2.

Chris Froome’s Tour-winning Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 (Credit: Simon Wilkinson)

Froome swapped the yellow-accented Dogma (with a yellow handlebar, saddle, cable housing and fork highlights) he had previously ridden during his time in the maillot jaune for a custom frame, as Bradley Wiggins did on the final stage of the 2012 Tour.

It is customary for sponsors to celebrate the success of a rider (Peter Sagan, for example, has ridden a Hulk-themed Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod through the Tour) and Froome, who assumed the race lead on stage eight in the Pyrenees, also wore yellow Sidi Wire shoes and a yellow Kask helmet for the final stage.

Yellow helmet, yellow jersey, yellow shoes and a yellow bike for the Tour de France champion (Credit: Simon Wilkinson)

Race organisers, ASO, also pulled out the stops for the 100th edition of the Tour, presenting Froome with a sequined yellow jersey on the podium. The three living five-time winners of the race – Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain – also received the jersey on the Champs-Élysées.

Back to Froome’s Dogma, and the Kenyan-born Brit is the only Team Sky on Osymetric chainrings, which are said to reduce the deadspot in the pedal stroke and thereby increase the effective hear, after Wiggins made the switch back to Shimano-issue round rings ahead of the 2013 season.

Froome, wearing a sequined yellow jersey, shares a celebratory kiss with fiancée Michelle Cound (Credit: Simon Wilkinson)

Otherwise, the rest of Froome’s drivetrain comes from Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset, while 50mm-deep Shimano C50 wheels were fitted for the flat ride into the French capital (Froome preferred the 1,110g, low-profile C24 hoops for the Tour’s mountain stages), wrapped in Veloflex Carbon tubular tyres.

Shimano also provide the Dura-Ace PD-9000 pedals, while the handlebar and stem (40mm wide and 126mm long, if you were wondering) come from the Japanese firm’s component subsidiary, PRO.

As is customary, the team of the winning rider led the race into Paris (Credit: Simon Wilkinson)

Finally, to complete Froome’s machine, the 28-year-old sits on a carbon-railed Fizik Antares saddle. And there you have it – the bike of a Tour de France champion.

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