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.
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.
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Giant had this yellow Propel Advanced SL frame ready and waiting in case Marcel Kittel won stage one of the Tour de France. Their man delivered, outsprinting Peter Sagan in Harrogate, and Giant-Shimano's mechanics built up the maillot jaune's new bike ready for stage two.
Five stage wins
Colour aside, the frame is the same as the Propel Advanced SL on which Kittel won the opening stage. The '4' on Kittel's race number has been replaced by a '5' after the German added another victory to his career tally of Tour de France stage wins.
Ready and waiting
Kittel's machine also gets yellow handlebar tape and a yellow SRM power meter computer. Otherwise, it's as you were for the rest of Kittel's bike, with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Shimano C50 wheels, Vittoria Corsa SC tyres and PRO finishing kit.
PRO have also supplied Kittel with a yellow Turnix saddle. A rider wearing the yellow jersey represents a valuable marketing opportunity for any equipment manufacturer.
Jens Voigt's heroic breakaway on stage one earnt the veteran, riding his record-equaling 17th and final Tour, the King of the Mountains jersey and while he rode his standard Trek Madone 7-Series, the German did have a polka dot SRM computer to match his jersey.
This one's for you, Jens
One of Voigt's bottles was marked with 'Jens'. We asked a Trek Factory Racing staff member what was in the bottle and they told us it was a mixture of water, salt and sugar - essentially a home-made energy drink which Jensie enjoys.
Trek Factory Racing riders are on a range of bikes at the Tour, with Voigt, Fabian Cancellara, Frank Schleck and co able to choose between the new and super-light Emonda, the aero Madone and the Domane 'Classics' bike.
Simon Gerrans was also brought down in the stage one crash which saw Mark Cavendish abandon the race. Australian national champion Gerrans was on the start line for stage two, however, on board his custom painted Scott Foil.
Long day in the saddle
Riders regularly have race notes taped to their toptube or stem to highlight key points (including intermediate sprints, climbs and dangerous sections of roads) in a stage. Gerrans notes for stage two were longer than normal thanks to no fewer than nine categorised climbs.
This Movistar rider preferred to loosely tape the race profile around his stem.
This bike - and, more specifically, this chainset - belongs to Europcar's Yuki Arashiro. Campagnolo recently launched their 2015 Super Record groupset, which includes a new four-arm chainset, but Yuki is using the existing setup.
Most riders opted for an 11-28t cassette paired with a standard double 53-39t for the relentlessly hilly second stage but those on Campagnolo sponsored teams, including Movistar leader Alejandro Valverde, had the option of a 11-29t rear block for Yorkshire's short but steep climbs.
Tyre pressures are considered closely guarded secrets by professional riders and mechanics
Andrew Talansky is riding a Cervelo R5 at the Tour de France. The 25-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider suffered a late puncture on stage one but the Criterium du Dauphine winner was credited with the same time as the peloton as it happened in the final three kilometres.
This custom Orica-GreenEDGE chain catcher on Simon Yates' bike helps keep the chain in place and prevent any avoidable mechanicals.
We saw on-bike cameras on the machines of Elia Vivani (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Marcus Burghardt ahead of stage one and spotted Shimano Sports Cams on the steeds of Orica-GreenEDGE duo Simon Yates and Simon Clarke for stage two. Is this the future of cycling coverage on TV?
Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) wasn't happy with his bike before he had even rolled off the start line. We spotted the Slovak's machine on the short ride from the team bus to the start area, with two Cannondale mechanics performing a Formula One-style pit stop to swap the chainset from his spare bike onto his main machine.
Sagan, wearing the white jersey for best young rider after finising second on stage one, looks on and shares a joke with his mechanic.
Bell launched a new aero helmet ahead of the Grand Depart. The Bell Star Pro, modelled here by Belkin Pro Cycling's Sep Vanmarcke, has vents which can be opened or closed to improve either cooling or aerodynamics.
Rain, rain, go away...
Some riders, like Luca Paolini (Katusha), prefer to keep their pockets relatively empty and so use a cut-off water bottle to store their rain jackets, with showers on the forecast for stage two.
Paris-Roubaix winner Nikki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) used the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac for stage two. He'll swap that for the Specialized Roubaix 'Classics bike' for the cobbled fifth stage.