Regular fans have no hope of ever piloting, let alone buying an F1 car or MotoGP bike. But among racing sports, cycling is unique. Just about anyone can walk into a bike shop and buy a road bike that the pros ride.
To celebrate this year’s Tour de France, let’s take a look at some of the finest bikes in our inventory. Here are seven Tour-worthy bikes that you can buy right now.
Teams: Bora-Hansgrohe, Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quick-Step are bringing some of cycling’s biggest stars to the Tour. Bora-Hansgrohe will have three-time world champion and seven-time green jersey winner, Peter Sagan. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step squad is headlined by current world champion Julian Alaphilippe and 30-time stage winner Mark Cavendish. They will ride the S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized’s latest all-rounder race bike. The Tarmac SL7 is more aerodynamic than its predecessor, the S-Works Tarmac SL6 (shown here), but Tarmacs has been competing at the front of the field for over 10 years and every generation is a top-tier race machine.
Jumbo-Visma is led by Primož Roglič, last year’s runner-up and one of the top contenders for the yellow jersey. In the high mountains, Roglič will likely ride Cervelo’s lightweight R5. But on flat and fast stages where aerodynamics matter more, the wind-cheating S5 will be the choice. It has a sculpted aero frame, integrated aero cockpit, and an aggressive, low riding position. Expect Roglič’s teammate, Wout van Aert, to use the S5 in his hunt for stage wins.
Team: UAE-Team Emirates
Last year’s victor, Tadej Pogačar, gave Colnago its first official Tour win. This year, he’ll likely continue riding his V3RS aero race bike. But he and his UAE-Team Emirate teammates also have the lightweight C64 in their arsenal. The C64 uses lugged carbon construction to provide a classic look and a huge range of sizes to satisfy the pickiest riders. Look for the C64 to come out on the toughest mountain stages.
Former Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali and rising star Mads Pedersen will have a choice between the aero Madone SLR and the lightweight Emonda SLR. For flat stages the Madone will give Trek riders the aerodynamic advantage they need to push the pace. It also features Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler for extra compliance and vibration damping, just what riders need when they’re racing over 2,000 miles in three weeks.
Teams: Alpecin-Fenix, Movistar, Arkea-Samsic
Canyon is the most represented brand at the Tour with three teams. Multi-discipline phenom Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix will be starting his first Tour de France, and is expected to battle his longtime rival van Aert, for stage wins. His weapons of choice will be the lightweight Canyon Ultimate for hilly stages and the aerodynamic Canyon Aeroad for flatter stages.
Teams: Qhubeka-Assos, AG2R Citroën
BMC has designed the Teammachine to blur the lines between aero and lightweight climbing bikes. It is an all-rounder that teams like Qhubeka-Assos and AG2R Citroën will rely on to bring the fight to bigger teams. Nicholas Dlamini of Qhubeka-Assos makes history as the first black South African to race the Tour. Classics specialists, like Greg van Avermaet of AG2R, will be attacking on rolling stages and fighting for glory in breakaways aboard their Teammachines.
Team: Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank
The eighth edition of the women’s race takes place the same day as the Tour’s first stage and will follow a similar route. Team TIBCO - SVB will be vying for glory aboard the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo, which has been revamped to be both more aerodynamic and comfortable. It’s essentially the same bike used by the EF Education-Nippo team, with components like handlebars, saddle, and cranks swapped to suit female riders.
Other Tour de France bike brands
This year’s Tour will feature 23 teams riding 18 different bike brands. We put the spotlight on seven brands here, but you’ll be able to find plenty of others as our inventory is constantly changing.
Shop other Tour de France brands in our inventory:
- Pinarello - Ineo Grenadiers
- Bianchi - Team BikeExchange
- Wilier Triestina - Astana-Premier Tech, Team TotalEnergies
- Ridley - Lotto-Soudal
- Factor - Israel Start-Up Nation
- Scott - Team DSM