Race Tech

Photo gallery: Marcel Kittel’s yellow Giant Propel and more stage two Tour tech

Stage one winner gets a yellow bike to match his yellow jersey

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) received a yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL to match his yellow jersey for the start of the stage two of the Tour de France.

The German powered to victory in Harrogate on Saturday to pull on the first maillot jaune of the race for the second year running, having also triumphed on the opening stage in Corsica last year.

Giant-Shimano’s mechanics had the yellow frame ready and waiting in the truck should Kittel win and began building the bike almost as soon as the 26-year-old cross the line with his arms aloft.

A yellow PRO Turnix saddle, yellow SRM Power Control 7 computer and yellow handlebar tape complete the look, otherwise, Kittel’s machine is dressed in the same kit as the bike on which he won stage one – you can see that machine here – with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels, Vittoria C50 tyres and PRO finishing kit.

What other Tour tech did we spot at the start of stage two in York? We took a look at Jens Voigt’s Trek Madone 7-Series after the veteran’s heroic breakaway on stage one – watch out for a full pro bike feature – and saw Peter Sagan’s mechanics perform a Formula One-style pit stop to change the Slovak’s chainset just minutes before the start of the stage.

All that and more in the gallery below.

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