The Tour de Yorkshire attracted an all-star cast of riders to the white rose county with a host of big-name teams on show over the weekend.
And big teams means top-of-the-range tech at the team hotels and in the pre-race paddock. We took advantage to scout out some of the best kit on display, including Sir Bradley Wiggins’ new
Team WIGGINS Pinarello Dogma F8 and second-placed Samuel Sanchez’s BMC TeamMachine SLR01.
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Iain Paton of Team WIGGINS adjusts the Fizik Arione saddle on his Pinarello Dogma F8 after the squad's final pre-race training ride. The 19-year-old is part of British Cycling’s Olympic Mountain Bike Academy, and current Scottish XC and cyclo-cross champion.
IAM Cycling's mechanics' truck is awash with spare bikes (Scott), wheels (DT Swiss) and other equipment brought over for the race. Swiss rider Patrick Schelling would turn out to be IAM's best-placed rider in 35th overall.
Team WIGGINS may be the new kids on the block but this mechanic's tool kit has seen plenty of action over the years.
Man of steel
Madison-Genesis riders have two bikes at their disposal. While the lighter carbon fibre Zero was introduced last year with the view to be used in stage races, Mike Northey preferred the steel Volare 953 for the Tour de Yorkshire.
BMC Racing only had seven riders at the race, so it was a surprise to find eight bikes on show outside of their team bus. On closer inspection the bike was the GranFondo GF01 'endurance' machine, used by the team at the Classics. This bike belongs to the team's general manager, Jim Ochowicz, who had taken the opportunity to go for a spin in the Yorkshire hills. The team used the regular TeamMachine SLR01 for the Tour de Yorkshire -
you can see Samuel Sanchez's bike here.
The LottoNL-Jumbo team may have had a change of headline sponsors for 2015, but the squad remains on Bianchi bikes. After last year's opinion-splitting celeste and green colour combination, the team has opted for more subtle decals. The lottery-number logo obviously proved lucky as Moreno Hofland finally ended the team's long wait for a win this season on stage two.
Bianchi is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, with the celeste Oltre XR2 of Team LottoNL-Jumbo attracting plenty of attention pre-race.
While most riders prefer a conventional handlebar and stem setup, this LottoNL-Jumbo rider uses FSA's Plasma integrated unit, finished with a touch of celeste to match the frame of the bike and the bar tape.
The pre-race paddock saw several riders hit the turbo trainer to get their legs up to race speed. LottoNL-Jumbo's Steven Kruijswijk was having a spin on the Tacx Booster T2500.
The Elite Turbo Muin also proved to be a popular trainer, with One Pro Cycling's Yanto Barker getting his legs turning here. The Turbo Muin is a direct transmission unit, requiring the rider to remove the rear wheel, and offers progressive, fluid resistance which increases with speed.
Not all Elite-sponsored teams opted for the Turbo Muin, however. We spotted Madison-Genesis' Liam Holohan using the brand's RealAxiom trainer. It has become increasingly popular for riders to warm-up (and warm-down) on the turbo trainer, particularly before a hard stage with action expected from the gun.
Cervelo revealed the updated S5 aero bike last year, with the new Cervelo Aero handlebar one of its most striking new features. Cervelo say a handlebar accounts for 30 per cent of the bike's total drag which prompted them to develop this wind-cheating unit in-house. The carbon fibre bar is said to save 4.4 watts over a conventional round bar. This bike belongs to One Pro Cycling's Chris Opie.
Some riders still prefer to use the S3, including One Pro Cycling's Dexter Gardias. While Garmin-Sharp (now Cannondale-Garmin) rode on Cervelos last year, no WorldTour team is sponsored by the Canadian firm this time out. Instead, you'll find riders from ProContinental squad MTN-Qhubeka and British domestic outfit One Pro Cycling on the company's bikes, while the British national team has also switched from Pinarello to Cervelo.
A front wheel change just before the teams rolled out on stage two for Roompot Oranje Peloton's Jesper Asselman. The Dutch team rides the new Isaac Element and Asselman would go on to finish 67th overall.
Despite all the technology in today's peloton, pen and paper still rules when it comes to making essential race notes - or pen and a strip of fabric in Jesper Asselman's case.
BMC Racing's Jempy Drucker opted for an aero helmet for the race, the Giro Air Attack, and claimed a season-high fourth on stage two. Most of BMC Racing's other riders opted for the Giro Synthe, which blends an aero design with low weight and plenty of ventilation.
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Flying the flag
The Yorkshire public embraced the race just as they did at last year's Grand Depart. These blue-and-yellow model bikes were among the decorations (including plenty more bikes, miles of bunting and countless flags) brought out for the race.