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Dessel Dons Yellow After Surprise Win

After an astonishing 10 minute breakaway in Stage 10, the first mountain stage of this year's tour, Cyril Dessel takes the yellow jersey. He rides atop his btwin racing FC700 all carbon bike. More famous for thier production of city and touring bikes, btwin is a brand under Decathlon. The FC700 is quite visually unique in the hard-edged tube shapes most noticeably in the bottom bracket area and the semi-integrated seatpost. Dessel rides his FC700 with full Campagnolo Record components. The fork is made in conjunction with TIME. A 55cm frame weighs 1.07kg, claimed. Btwin has a nice flash site, showcasing their peleton offering.

Gonchar's Giant TT bike gives him the yellow

Serguei Gonchar cleans the competition to take the yellow after Stage 7's TT race. Aboard his Giant Composite bike, complete with integrated seatpost, air-slicing headtube, and slick aero tubing, Gonchar finished a full minute ahead of the next fastest cyclist, Floyd Landis (who switched bikes after a handlebar problem on his BMC Timemachine.)


Update: Check out Colnago's TT bike. Looks like a re-branded Giant.

Photo from Graham Watson

Tom Boonen's TIME VXRS Ulteam

After stage 3, Tom Boonen snags the yellow jersey from mighty Thor atop his Time VXRS Ulteam. The super stiff frame is complimented with Campagnolo's Record alloy crank for this sprinter. This frame is a limited edition, 001/300, dressed up with Campy carbon Record, and Fulcrum Racing carbon wheels. Notice the new Champion paint scheme for 2007.

See more of Tom taking delivery of his bike here.

Update: Check out this great video on VeloNews; talking to the mechanic about Tom's bike.

Photo by Lennon/Getty Images

Thor Hushovd's LOOK 595

Thor Hushovd is back in yellow after today's Stage 2. Crossing the line today, unscathed from big cardboard hands (nevermind the blood, notice the 595 on the right, complete with carbon dura ace areo wheels - just sick), he crossed the finish line atop his LOOK 595 all-carbon bike. You may recall the previous post on LOOK's new flagship bike with integrated seat tube, internal cable housing, and new lightweight fork.

Picture from Graham Watson

For 2007, Mavic is giving the consumer more options with new wheelsets for every type of rider out there. As we speculated before, the new CrossMax SLR's are the top of the line XC specific wheelset in both V and disc brake versions. For the V-brakes, the SLR's have caRRRRRbon fiber hubs and aluminum and titanium parts to reduce this race wheelset down to a weight of 1410g claimed. The disc wheelset will retain the alloy hubs and more spokes with a weight of 1520g claimed. Look for the red spoke. Mavic keeps the CrossMax SL line as a slightly heavier and whiter XC wheelset (with a yellow spoke). The CrossMax ST version (pictured above) is rated as a long distance mountain wheel. The subtle laser-etched logos and black color give this 1660g disc wheelset a stealthy look. Rounding out the CrossMax line is the CrossMax SX, a freeride, heavyduty disc only wheelset. If those aren't enough choices for you, below the CrossMax are the Crosslands, Crossrides, and Crosstrails each with V or disc brake versions.

Can't wait to see the new carbon paired-spoke road racing wheels, eluded to previously.


George's Trek Madone SSL

George Hincapie took the yellow jersey in Stage 1 of the TdF with the all popular Trek Madone SSL. According to VeloNews, this Madone SSL is only 1 of 4 in the world. Given Lance's prototype Madone SSLx of last year, I wonder what prototype bits are in this frame?

Update: has news of Trek's Madone 6.9 SSL frame, a "true horizontal top tube sub 900g frame". New carbon (Defence Grade High Modulus Carbon fiber - that's not the name, it's the type of carbon) and new "Low Solids" paint allow 56cm frame to weigh 890 grams. This Madone version is lighter than Lance's SSLx bike of the 2005 TdF. Check out the special mount to screw on weights in order to meet the UCI 6.8kg minimum. Read more.

Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Thor Hushovd's LOOK time trial bike doesn't look disimilar to the LOOK 496 bike of 2 years ago. The all carbon frame has the unique headtube/fork hinge design that is shared with the BMC Time Machine ridden by Floyd Landis and the Phonak team.

Picture from FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images.

I'm going to sit back and enjoy the tour while it's on (as you should too!), so my Bicycle Tech feelers won't be reaching out as far as they normally would. But I don't like the thought of not contributing to this blog at all, so I'm starting a little segment called Yellow Tech where I'll highlight the bike ridden by the yellow jersey. If you subscribe to BT and are one that will TIVO/DVR the day's race, you might want to wait until after you've watched the race to read the blog. You've been warned!

Of course if something elsewhere in the bicycle tech world worth mentioning pops up, I'll let you know.

Thanks for reading. LMW

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