Andre Greipel has re-announced himself as a serious sprint contender in 2015, with the Tour of Britain seeing him clock his 16th stage win of the season.
The Lotto-Soudal man has been in resurgent form, dominating the bunch kicks at the Tour de France to take home four victories and he won into Ipswich as he continued that form into the late-season.
And the former German champion’s successes this year have all come on a new bike – the Ridley Noah SL, which launched at Eurobike in 2014.
We took a closer look at his aero-profiled weapon of choice while Greipel was at the Tour of Britain – check it out for yourself in the full-screen gallery below.
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Andre Greipel's Ridley Noah SL
The Ridley Noah SL has been Greipel's preferred ride since its 2014 launch and has proved to be a successful one, with the German's stage seven victory in Ipswich being his 16th of the season. The Noah SL is a lighter version of the Noah Fast – Greipel's previous bike – and the new frame weighs in at just a claimed 950g.
Stiff, light, aero, FAST
The Noah SL boasts a reworked carbon resin to the Noah Fast. The end result is a lighter bike but one which doesn't compromise on stiffness. Note the aero cut out of the frame and the aggressive profile at the front, which leaves smooths air flow and causes less drag
An aero seat post – with the seat clamp hidden inside the top tube – and internal cabling also contribute to the bike's aero profile. Because it's built to be aggressive, the stiffness means comfort is hard to come by. In an effort to counter that, lower seat stays also offer a little more comfort.
The aero F-Splitfork has two slots running vertically down each fork leg to allow air to flow through them and reduce drag. Lotto-Soudal ride Campagnolo and that extends to the wheelset – Bora Ultras wrapped in Continental Competition Pro 25mm tubular tyres.
Tested on Pavé
Ridley boast that their bikes have been 'tested on pavé'. The oversized BB30 bottom bracket is key to the bike's stiffness – an important factor when a giant sprinter like Greipel is going full gas.
A carbon-fire Deda M35 handlebar, clamped by the same brand's Trentacinque alloy stem complete with titanium screws, makes up Greipel's cockpit. Note the brakes are back to being regular calipers in the normal position in front of the fork. The Noah Fast boasted integrated V-brakes instead.
Deda claim that the 35mm Elementi bar is the only one of its kind with such a diameter. The reason? Stiffness, to ensure no energy is lost in the heat of battle. The bar boasts a reach of 75mm and drop of 130mm.
Lotto-Soudal are one of three WorldTour teams sponsored by Campagnolo – with Movistar and Astana being the others. The team rides the Italian company's electronic Super Record EPS groupset. Look pedals and an SRM power meter complete the set-up.
Greipel's Ridley Noah Fast used to feature a full 'Gorilla'-themed paintjob but it's a more subtle affair these days – the San Marco Concor saddle, which features a slight rise at the nose, is adorned with the raging Gorilla.
The Gorilla theme doesn't stop there, as the German emerged from the team bus sporting these themed Gaerne shoes too. Greipel's victory in Ipswich was nearly followed by a second in London the following day, but race commissaires relegated him in the sprint after he appeared to impede Elia Viviani on his way to sprinting across the line in first place.