When Frenchman Thibaut Pinot rode away to stage success on Alpe d’Huez at last year’s Tour de France, the 25-year-old did so aboard the new Lapierre Xelius SL.
The striking new machine first broke cover at the Giro d’Italia and was officially launched by the French brand in advance of the Tour.
Lapierre have supplied FDJ with their race bikes since 2002, and achieved plenty of success in that time from Baden Cooke’s green jersey the following year right through to Pinot being crowned best young rider in 2014.
And as seals of approval go, victory atop one of the race’s most iconic summits is almost as good as it gets for the newest bike to join the French firm’s stable. In fact, success has followed Lapierre in their just short of 70 years in the business, across the cycling disciplines. This is a brand that knows how to cater for the champions of cycle sport.
Success has followed Lapierre in their just short of 70 years in the business, across the cycling disciplines. This is a brand that knows how to cater for the champions of cycle sport.
But the new lightweight climber’s bike is not only one for Pinot and co to feel the benefits of, as its hugely innovative new design will provide equal ride-enhancing qualities to anybody looking to clock some hilly miles.
Lapierre made big waves when the Xelius SL launched in the summer – joined by the revamped Aircode SL, Lapierre’s aero road bike. Whereas the Aircode was updated for the new year, however, the Xelius SL was significantly revamped.
And with the Aircode plugging the gap for wind-cheating abilities and top speed, it meant Lapierre’s engineers could focus on reworking the Xelius into a super-light, super-innovative climber’s steed.