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The Stage-Winning Bikes from the 2024 Tour de France

We are keeping track of which bikes win each stage of the 2024 Tour de France. We'll find out what bike manufacturers are dominant, and what drivetrains, wheels, and tires are regulars on the podium.

Written by: Bruce Lin

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Will Cervelo prevail again? Or will Colnago recapture the title? Photo: ASO/Billy Ceusters

The Tour de France is back for another year of exciting race action, tragic defeats, and heroic moments. Once again, I’m going to be doing what bike nerds love doing most — looking at all the awesome bikes! Riders, teams, and manufacturers all bring their best equipment to the Tour, so its the perfect place for us to geek out on new bikes, gear, and tech.

When I tracked all the stage-winning bikes and gear last year, it became one of my most popular posts, so let’s do it again this year. At the end, we should have some fun data, and maybe some inspiration for how to equip our own road bikes at home. I'll be updating this post after every stage, so stay tuned!

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Stage 1 - Florence > Rimini - Winner: Scott Foil RC

Scott Foil RC

Rider: Romain Bardet
Bike: Scott Foil RC
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace C36
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Hilly

Romain Bardet Tour de France 2024 stage 1 win

Romain Bardet (right) & Frank van den Broek Photos: Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL

Stage 1 of this years was expected to be one of the hardest Tour starts in recent memory. Tough climbs, high temps, and costal winds would make many riders suffer early. DSM teammates Romain Bardet and Frank van den Broek surprised everyone by staying away until the line, giving the Scott Foil RC a 1-2 finish. The Foil RC recieved a major update in 2023, that Scott claims made it 9% lighter, 21% faster and 10% more comfortable. Maybe this is proof!

Bardet swapped to the shallower and lighter Dura-Ace C36 wheels (versus the deeper C60 wheels their bikes are often photographed with) for the tough climbs that came early in the stage. Besides good legs, tactics, and descending, their aero frames, aero Syncros cockpits, and turned in levers surely made them extra slippery, which probably helped the pair maintain their gap in the windy finale!

I also noticed that Bardet is running bars with a more classic profile rather than the shallow drops most riders use these days. He also had a 26mm front tire (paired with a 28mm rear... weird). That used to be considered wide, but now it's surprisingly narrow!

Stage 2 - Cesenatico > Bologne - Winner: Bianchi Oltre RC

Bianchi Oltre RC

Photo: Bianchi

Rider: Kévin Vauquelin
Bike: Bianchi Oltre RC
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Vision Metron 45 SL
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Hilly

Kevin Vaquelin Tour de France Stage 2 win

Kévin Vauquelin Photo: ASO/Billy Ceusters

How do you get the French to win stages at the Tour? Start in Italy! We have another French winner, conveniently, on and Italian bike too. Kévin Vauquelin attacked the breakaway just over 14km from the finish and solo'd to the win. Despite the hilliness of the first two stages this year, it seems that most riders who have the option of an aero or a climbing bike have been been choosing the aero bike, usually with shallower wheels.

Bianchi's all-rounder, the Specialissima RC, has improved aerodynamics, and Vauquelin's teammate in the breakaway was riding it, but Vauquelin decided to go with the heavier but more aerodynamic Oltre RC. He did swap to the lighter Vision Metron 45 SL wheels for the tough climbs. Aero frame + lightweight wheels seems to be the combo du jour.

Stage 3 - Plaisance > Turin - Winner: Cube Litening Aero C:68X

Cube Lightning c68 Pro

Photo: Cube Bikes

Rider: Biniam Girmay
Bike: Cube Litening Aero C:68X
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Newmen Streem Sprint 60/66 Vonoa
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TR
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Biniam Girmay 2024 Tour de France stage 3 win

Photo: Intermarché-Wanty

Bini, Bini, Bini! Biniam Girmay took his first-ever stage win and he has become the first-ever Black African stage winner. Holy crap, that brought a tear to my eye. He diced through a chaotic bunch sprint and had enough of a lead to post up and celebrate before the line. Someone might need to check me on this, but I also think this is the first TdF stage win for Cube Bikes too. They're not well-known here in the US, but the German brand is BIG in Europe.

The bike photo above is a bit outdated because Bini's Intermarché-Wanty team is running the newer Newman Stream Sprint wheels which have a wider 22mm internal width (vs. 18mm for the old Advance SL Streem wheels) and they weigh 1,355g. This is super impressive for 60mm/66mm deep wheels and it's thanks to the use of Newman's Vonoa carbon spokes.

Bini's bike was photographed with Conti GP 5000 TT TR tires and he likely used them for the stage. They're slightly faster than the "regular" GP 5000 S TR but sacrifice some puncture protection so many teams only use them on super flat stages. Some also mix tires with a TT on the front and S on the rear.

Also, look how narrow Bini's handlebars are compared to the other racers in this finish photo. Narrow bars for the win! Perhaps running them so narrow (they look ~35-36cm?) is why he doesn't mind the aero penalty of wrapping the tops in bar tape.

Stage 4 - Pinerolo > Valloire - Winner: Colnago V4Rs

Colnago V4Rs Tadej Pogacar

Photo: UAE Team Emirates

Rider: Tadej Pogacar
Bike: Colnago V4Rs
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: ENVE SES 4.5
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR
Bike Type: All-Rounder
Stage Type: Mountain

Tadej Pogacar 2024 Tour de France stage 4 win

Photo: ASO/Billy Ceusters

A few things in life are certain: death, taxes, and Tadej Pogacar ripping everyone's legs off with a devastating attack on the final meters of a climb. Pogacar rode back into the Yellow Jersey on the Col du Galibier, erasing any doubt that he's this year's favorite. He did so on his trusty Colnago V4Rs. 

The Colnago V4Rs isn't the most aero or the lightest bike in the peloton, but it's a solid do-it-all racer. It certainly hasn't held Pogacar back. Interestingly, he chose to run the deeper ENVE SES 4.5 wheels today, despite the big uncategorized climb. The SES 4.5 seems to be Pogacar's go-to, and he only swaps to the lighter SES 2.3 or 3.4 wheels on truly extreme climbing days.

Like Bini's bike, Pogacar's was photographed on stage 3 with Continental GP 5000 TT TR tires. With a fast and tricky descent at the finish of stage 4 though, it's very likely that Pogacar switched to the GP 5000 S TR tires for today's stage. 

I do love that Pogacar does some serious bike geek things to his bike with Carbon-Ti hubs, chainrings, and brake rotors, plus absoluteBLACK Ceramic GRAPHENpads brake pads. Again, I must comment on the bars. Pogacar runs it long, low, and narrow with a one-piece ENVE cockpit measuring ~35-36cm wide with a 130mm stem and the levers turned in as far as the rules allow so they measure closer to 32cm at the hoods. So aggressive! 

Stage 5 - Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne > Saint-Vulbas - Winner: Wilier Triestina Filante SLR

Mark Cavendish Wilier Triestina Filante SLR

Photo: Wilier Triestina

Rider: Mark Cavendish
Bike: Wilier Triestina Filante SLR
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Vision Metron 60 SL
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Mark Cavendish 2024 tour de France stage win

Photo: Sprint Cycling Agency

He fricken' did it. I almost can't believe it. Mark Cavendish has broken the Tour de France stage win record with his 35th victory. His team was great in the run-in, but in the end, he surfed wheels on his own to somehow get into the perfect position. When he hit the front with speed, he was so low and aero, last year's fastest man Jasper Philipsen couldn't come around. 

The record-setting bike was a Wilier Triestina Filante SLR with a special edition Cavendish paint job. The colors represent some of Cavendish’s career highlights — green for his two Tour points jerseys, yellow for his brief stint in the yellow jersey as the Tour de France leader, with blues and reds completing the colors of the World Championship rainbow band, which Cavendish won in 2011. The fork says "CVNDSH," which is Cav’s personal brand. In case you don't know, dropping vowels is the cool thing to do these days. 

Cav put a lot of thought into aero enhancements this year with aero water bottles, socks, and a new aero racesuit. Clearly it helped! His team also switched from HED to Vision wheels, so Cav won on the Vision Metron 60 SL wheels, which might be some of the most underrated race wheels around. I've been eyeing them myself.

Also, check out that MASSIVE 55t Miche chainring. He certainly won't get spun out, but Shimano spend a lot of time perfecting their tooth profiles. Perhaps that's why Cav's chain dropped after he crossed the line...

Mark Cavendish Tour de France chain drop

My co-worker Andy says it's happens to sprinters like Cav a lot and it's from "backpedaling super hard when he posts up." 

Stage 6 - Macon > Dijon - Winner: Giant Propel Advanced SL

Giant Propel SL

Photo: Kristof Ramon

Rider: Dylan Groenewegen
Bike: Giant Propel Advanced SL
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Cadex 50 Ultra
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Dylan Groenewegen 2024 Tour de France sunglassesPhoto: Sprint Cycling Agency

Another dull flat stage leading into a chaotic sprint finish. This time, Dylan Groenewegen came out on top, beating Jasper Philipsen (who also got relegated for impeding Wout van Aert) by centimeters with a well-timed bike throw. What bike did he throw? The Giant Propel Advanced SL.

The Propel was updated for 2023 to be lighter, stiffer, more compliant and more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor. All things we expect. The impressive thing is that is was designed to be a sub-7kg bike. The rear end was slimmed down significantly, which reduced weight and added a lot of rear compliance. Paired with 1349g 50mm CADEX wheels with carbon spokes, and you get a complete build thats hover around the 6.9kg range, making it one of the lightest disc brake aero road bikes currently available. 

Groenewegen is the Dutch national champion, so his Propel is painted in the colors of the Dutch flag. Something I found interesting is that his team seems to all be running Vittoria Corsa Pro tires despite being sponsored by CADEX, which recently released a new line of tires to pair with their wheels. Are the new CADEX tires not up to snuff? One more thing — I couldn't resist using a photo that clearly showed Groenewegen's absurd Batman-mask aero sunglasses. Is this the future? 

Stage 7 - Nuits-Saint-Georges > Gevrey-Chambertin - Winner: Specialized S-Works Shiv TT

Remco Evenepoel 2024 Tour de France Specialized Shiv TT bike

Remco's bike at the Criterium du Dauphine. Photo: Specialized

Rider: Remco Evenepoel
Bike: Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Roval Rapide CLX 64 / Roval 321 Disc
Tires: Specialized S-Works Turbo Cotton
Bike Type: Time Trial
Stage Type: Individual Time Trial

Remco Evenepoel 2024 tour de franceRemco sported the White Jersey for best young rider during the TT. Photo: Photo News Agency Belgium

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the reigning time trial world champion, Remco Evenepoel, won the first time trial of the Tour. He's definitely targeting both time trial stages this year, and has regularly been seen warming down after stages on his TT bike rather than his road bike to stay familiar with the riding position. 

Remco's bike is the same Shiv TT he used to win the time trail at the Tour's traditional warm-up race, the Criterium du Dauphine, which has a special "Liquid Metal" paint job for this year's Tour. 

He rode a massive 62-tooth 1x chainring with a K-Edge chain catcher to maintain the ideal chainline in the 14-15t cogs. His aerobar extensions are custom moulded by a Dutch company, ​​Speedbar, and attached to the standard Shiv basebar. He uses the Roval 321 Disc wheel in the rear and switches between the Rapide CLX 64 wheel on the front or a deeper 100mm Aerocoach wheel (pictured at the Dauphine above). Quick-Step still uses tubes (Gasp!), which allows Remco to ride his favorite Specialized Turbo Cotton tires. They were 26mm wide. It's super fast, but it does feel a bit outdated these days. Still, you can't argue with a win! 

Stage 8 - Semur-en-Auxois > Colombey-les-Deux-Églises - Winner: Cube Litening Aero C:68X

Biniam Girmay green Cube Litening Aero C:68X Pro

Photo: Léon van Bon

Rider: Biniam Girmay
Bike: Cube Litening Aero C:68X
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Newmen Streem Sprint 60/66 Vonoa
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TR
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Biniam Girmay Tour de France stage 8 win

Photo: ASO/Billy Ceusters

Bini did it again! Today was wet, windy, and finished with a slight uphill kick which suited Bini a bit more than the "pure" sprinters. His team kept him sheltered and he was able to grind it out and out-drag Jasper Philipsen to the line, becoming the first rider to win two stages this year. What a great Tour for Bini and his team!

His Cube Litening Aero C:68X Pro is set-up the same as when he won on stage 3, but now it has a fetching green paint job since Bini is in the Green Jersey. He's crushing the intermediate sprints too, so it seems very likely that he'll stay in Green all the way to the end. 

Stage 9 - Troyes > Troyes - Winner: ENVE Melee

ENVE Melee Team Total Energies

Photo: ENVE

Rider: Anthony Turgis
Bike: ENVE Melee
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: ENVE SES 4.5
Tires: ENVE SES Race Day
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Hilly

Anthony Turgis 2024 Tour de France stage 9 winPhoto: ASO/ Billy Ceusters

Stage 9's novel gravel stage might be one of the best Tour stages I've seen in a long time. There was chaos, drama, and plenty of dust. In the end, the winner was Frenchman Anthony Turgis, a rider who completely flew under my radar. Turgis is a domestique, a workhorse, and this is the biggest win of his career. It's actually his first win at the World Tour-level! The French are having one of the best Tours they've had in a long time. It's also the first Tour stage win for the ENVE Melee, ENVE's first production road bike. 

If ENVE wanted their bike to win one stage, stage 9 was probably it. The Melee is unique among aero road racing frames because it has a relatively massive 35mm tire clearance, making it perfect for mixed terrain stages like this. I'm not sure Turgis' team took advantage of this though. I struggled to find any clear shots of Turgis' tires, but they look closer to 29mm wide, which is the widest option available for the ENVE SES Race Day tires. However, on the super wide SES 4.5 wheels, they balloon out to ~30-31mm. Most riders today used tires in the 30-32mm range. 

When Team TotalEnergies announced that they'd be riding the Melee this season, I wasn't sure the bike would be competitive at this level of racing. ENVE is known for its carbon wheels, but it's pretty new to the framebuilding game. Turgis used the Melee to outsprint Tom Pidcock on the new Pinarello Dogma F though, so I guess it's legit!

Stage 10 - Orléans > Saint-Amand-Montrond - Winner: Canyon Aeroad CFR

Jasper Philipsen Canyon Aeroad CFR

Photo: Josh Croxton

Rider: Jasper Philipsen
Bike: Canyon Aeroad CFR
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace C50
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Jasper Philipsen 2024 Tour de France stage 10 win

Photo: ASO/Charly Lopez

Jasper Philipsen probably feels very relieved right now. After dominating sprint finishes last year, he was the hot favorite for this year's flat stages. Until today, he kept getting beat, but his lead-out train finally got it together and launched him to the finish so fast, no one could come alongside him. He's on a Canyon Aeroad CFR, just like last year, but his frame looks like it has a few updates that we'll likely see on the upcoming 2025 Aeroad.

The Aeroad is already one of the most aerodynamically efficient frames (based on Tour Magazine wind tunnel tests) on the market, but Canyon has refined the shape of the head tube, seatstay and seat tube junction, and chainstays to improve aerodynamics even more. There's also a new integrated Canyon handlebar that has a negative rise stem to help riders get lower than before for even more aero gains. Based on photos it's called the "CP0049" (BTW, does Canyon have the worst component names?) and like the current Aeroad handlebar, the width is adjustable. It looks like Philipsen is running it in the narrowest 36cm position. 

Stage 11 - Évaux-les-Bains > Le Lioran - Winner: Cervelo R5

Jonas Vingegaard Cervelo R% 2024 Tour de france

Photo: Team Visma-Lease a Bike

Rider: Jonas Vingegaard
Bike: Cervelo R5
Drivetrain: SRAM RED AXS
Wheels: Reserve 42|49 TA
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Climbing/All-Rounder
Stage Type: Mountain

2024 Tour de France Stage 11 finish Jonas Vingegaard

Photo: ASO/Billy Ceusters

This Tour is shaping up to be one of the best ever. Many, including me, had doubts about Jonas Vingegaard after his horror crash at in the spring, but he showed that his form is good by beating Tadej Pogacar in an uphill finish sprint (this might also be first time he's beaten Tadej in a sprint). 

Today was also the first stage where Jonas switched from his usual Cervelo S5 aero bike to the lighter R5 climbing bike/all-rounder, which he saves for the big mountain stages. I've been staring at pixels on the Team Visma Instagram and I think it's equipped with Reserve's latest 1,341g 42|49 TA wheels. The TA stands for "turbulent aero." I've heard Jonas likes his bike to be right at the 6.8kg weight limit so when he's riding the S5 on climbing stages like stage 4, he actually uses Reserve's 1,166g 36|39 Tubular wheels. 

Jonas' R5 is set-up with a stiff and aero Vision Metron 5D integrated cockpit, which looks noticeably wider than the ENVE cockpit Tadej is using (maybe it's just the lever angles?). Team Visma's S5s are alway set-up with Cervelo's V-Stem and bar, but all the R5s all use cockpit components from their sponsor FSA/Vision. 

This is also the first stage win for a SRAM-equipped bike, and the first for SRAM's new updated RED AXS group. I have a feeling the SRAM bosses back in Chicago were getting a bit nervous with so many Dura-Ace bikes winning! Tadej might be feeling a bit nervous now too. I'm excited to see how he handles a potentially resurgent Jonas in the third week of the Tour. 

Stage 12 - Aurillac > Villeneuve-sur-Lot - Winner: Cube Litening Aero C:68X

Biniam Girmay 2024 Tour de France Stage 12 win

Hat-trick! Photo: Intermarché-Wanty

Rider: Biniam Girmay
Bike: Cube Litening Aero C:68X
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Newmen Streem Sprint 60/66 Vonoa
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TR
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Bini does it again! He's pretty much proven that he's the fastest finisher at the Tour this year and you'd be a fool to bet against him taking the Green Jersey all the way to Nice (remember, the Tour doesn't finish in Paris this year). Now that Bini's bike is a three-time stage winner, let's talk a bit about some of the small aero details of his kit and bike setup.

Biniam Girmay Uvex Surge Aero helmet

Photos: cyclingmedia_agency/Uvex

I find his Uvex Surge Aero MIPS helmet pretty interesting. It's a brand-new helmet from Uvex that is only just now available for sale. For aerodynamics, it has a detachable plug-in cover for the vents, but this actually goes against UCI regulation 1.3.013: "It is prohibited to add a detachable cover to a helmet." So how is the team legally using this new helmet? They just superglued the cover on so it's technically no longer detachable! Obviously, us regular consumers won't have to worry about that though. 

Biniam Girmay

Photo: Photo News Agency Belgium

Bini's aero socks (which are the best aero upgrade for the money) are made by Verge Sport and have some nice-looking texture on them. I might have to try some out! His riding position is very modern — i.e., extremely low and forward — and to help him achieve this he actually rides a Prologo Dimension Tri saddle designed for TT/triathlon bikes. It looks similar in shape to most "snub-nosed" saddles but the "sitting area" 2cm farther forward than normal. The tip is wider and has more padding, allowing riders to scoot up and adopt an extremely aero position. Of course, Bini's legs do most of the work, but these little aero details likely contribute a bit to the amazing speed Bini has on fast sprint finishes! 

Stage 13 - Agen > Pau - Winner: Canyon Aeroad CFR

Jasper Philipsen 2024 Tour de France Stage 13 win

Photo: ASO/Charly Lopez

Rider: Jasper Philipsen
Bike: Canyon Aeroad CFR
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace C50
Tires: Vittoria Corsa Pro
Bike Type: Aero
Stage Type: Flat

Jasper PhilipsenPhoto: Russell Ellis

Jasper Philipsen has seriously turned his Tour around after a winless first week. Now, he's the second best sprinter after Bini with two wins. Honestly, I was hoping today's 2nd place finisher Wout van Aert would pull it off just so I could talk about the Cervelo S5 (my dream bike). The Canyon Aeroad isn't terribly interesting to me, BUT it's still a VERY fast bike. 

One of my favorite publications is Tour Magazine out of Germany because they're one of the few doing their own independent wind tunnel testing. If we look at their aero results, the current generation Aeroad CFR is among the fastest bikes tested with 202 W of drag. Will the refinements seen on this new 2025 version make it even faster? We'll have to wait and see. 

An interesting thing I noticed in the photo above is that Jasper seems to ride with his levers at a slight downward angle. Maybe that helps him get more aero in sprint finishes? It also looks like he uses 140mm brake rotors front and rear. Is this to save weight or for better aerodynamics? Maybe both? I wonder if he (or rather, his mechanic) switches back to 160mm rotors for mountain stages. I'd hate to do the big alpine descents with such a small front rotor! 

Stage 14 - Pau > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet - Winner: Colnago V4Rs

Tadej Pogacar 2024 Tour de France Stage 14 win

Photo: ASO/Billy Ceusters

Rider: Tadej Pogacar
Bike: Colnago V4Rs
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: ENVE SES 4.5
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR
Bike Type: All-Rounder
Stage Type: Mountain

Tadej Pogacar wheels and tires

Photo: Sprint Cycling Media

There he goes again, attacking for the win... Pogacar really is something special! This searing attack and subsequent stage win is probably exactly what he needed after his surprise loss to Vingegaard in the stage 11 sprint. After his stage 4 win, I mentioned that I love that Pogacar's bike features many progressive bike geek choices in its build. So let's take a closer look at a couple of my favorite things — wheels and tires.

As I said on stage 4, Pogacar seems to always run the 50/56mm-deep ENVE SES 4.5 wheels on big mountain stages. Why? Here's a few theories:

  • Pog is riding fast enough up climbs to benefit from the aerodynamic gains of 50+ mm rims.
  • Pog's bike is right near the 6.8 kg UCI weight limit, so the slighter heavier 4.5 rims keep it legal. (ENVE 4.5 = 1,432g, ENVE 3.4 = 1,380g)
  • Deeper wheels look cooler. (Plus, they make the ENVE logo bigger. Sponsors love it!)

It's likely a bit of all three and the last point probably carries a bit more weight than people might expect. Those massive ENVE logos definitely pop, and to me, they've become a key part of Pog's image. I mean, can you imagine him in anything besides a MET helmet (with hair tufts always poking through)? Or Scicon sunglasses?

The SES 4.5 wheels are part of the ongoing trend across the industry of ever-wider rim widths with its 25mm internal and 32mm external width. This extra width means riders can run wider 28-30mm tires while still keeping the tires narrower than the external width of the rim. For good aerodynamic efficiency, a rim needs to be at least 105% the width of the tire for airflow to have a chance of reattaching to the rim after being disturbed by the tire.

Pogacar is definitely on the progressive end of tire size too. He regularly runs 30mm Continental GP 5000 S TR tires. They're set up tubeless, and on the wide ENVE rims they generally balloon out to just over 31mm. Many pros still haven't gone as wide as Pogacar despite ample evidence that wider tires have less rolling resistance than narrower tires, especially on rough roads. Maybe Pog winning the tour this year will change some stubborn minds!

Stage 15 - Loudenvielle > Plateau de Beille - Winner: Colnago V4Rs

Tadej Pogacar 2024 Tour de France Stage 15 win

Photo: ASO/Charly Lopez

Rider: Tadej Pogacar
Bike: Colnago V4Rs
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Wheels: ENVE SES 4.5
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR
Bike Type: All-Rounder
Stage Type: Mountain

Well, he did it again. This time though, it was Jonas Vingegaard that initiated the attack. Pogacar covered it easily, then left Jonas in the dust, extending his lead in the Yellow Jersey to over 3 minutes. He's also now equal with Biniam Girmay with 3 stage wins this year. I'm glad I stuck to wheels and tires in the last stage. If Pog keeps winning stages, I'm going to run out of things to talk about! Let's cover a couple small components...

Framesandgear derailleur hanger pogacar

The black gunk on Pog's chain is absoluteBLACK GRAPHENlube wax lube. 

Pog's Dura-Ace rear derailleur is mounted to an aftermarket CNC machined Framesandgear Direct Mount Derailleur Hanger. Why? At the World Tour level, some riders actually want the extra stiffness of aftermarket hangers for faster and more precise shifts, especially when shifting under load. I actually use one of Silca's 3D-printed titanium hangers on my own race bike, which is designed for the same purpose. I can't say that I notice much difference, but I'm also not a World Tour-level rider. 

Aboluteblack brake pads

Photos: Sprint Cycling Media

Look at Pog's brakes and you'll notice some interesting honeycomb fins sticking out of his calipers. These are absoluteBLACK GRAPHENpads. The backing plate has cooling fins that stick out the top, and these fins use a thermal coating containing Graphene. The pad compound is ceramic organic and it contains Graphene as well. As a result, they cost twice as much as the regular Shimano pads.

I've also tested these pads on my own bike and hit some big mountain descents. They're pretty good! They have fantastic bite and modulation, and they're nice and quiet. Considering the price, are they 2x better than stock pads? Eh, no. Pog would have dropped Jonas on the final stage 4 descent with stock pads too. But they're cool, and when people notice them, they know you're a bike geek. 

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