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The Etape 2005 – expo

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Signing on, Etape style

The Etape signing on was at Mourenx in the ‘Vélodrome Eddy Merckx’. The track centre had been filled with tents and lorries of the exhibitors and sponsors of the event. Although most of the stuff on show was French, there were some interesting new products to see. Including all the Decathlon range and new clothing from Gore and Adidas. UK based Rapha showed their Sportwool Aubisque jerseys and new gloves.

Giant had some new 2006 bikes, although the main focus of attention was a very fit looking Abraham Olano, who was interviewed. He then hopped onto his new full Dura-Ace (including the new wheels) equipped TCR and ripped around the course in well under six hours, finishing 72nd.

Mavic certainly had their work cut out for them by offering free service support for all Etape riders. This meant a long wait (perhaps you should have got it done before you left?!) and some very tired looking mechanics. They then got up early the next day and drove to places around the route to do the same thing, they saved a fair few people too. Excellent work though.



First time in the flesh, the Ltd. Ed. Madone
Trek’s ‘Livestrong’ bike

Olano doing his bit for Giant
And the new TCR carbon

Rapha’s fleet of Colnagos
outside their very busy stand

New for 2006
Decathlon’s look very tidy

And silly cheap
€1199

For budding Samuel Dumoulin’s…
cost effective kid’s racer

Race support from the meisters

Free services made them popular

Vitus won the ugly bike competition

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