Early on in final 12 months’s Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe stormed into the yellow jersey on Stage 3 with a daring assault on the Cote de Mutigny, 15km from the end into Epernay.
This 12 months he went a day earlier, taking the maillot jaune on Stage 2 into Nice. With slightly over 13km remaining, Alapahilippe jumped towards the highest of the Col des Quatre Chemins. Solely Marc Hirschi might observe – Adam Yates later bridged – however the Frenchman’s energy was an excessive amount of for his breakaway companions and the onrushing peloton led by Greg van Avermaet, giving the Deceuninck QuickStep chief his 16th day in yellow.
He did so aboard the all-new Specialized Tarmac SL7, the race bike that Specialised calls the ‘one bike to rule all of them’, changing not solely its Tarmac SL6 predecessor but in addition the model’s Venge aero bike.
As sponsors to each Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora Hansgrohe, the Tarmac SL7 is being ridden by all riders from each groups, together with GC contenders Alaphilippe and Emanuel Buchmann, in addition to Sprinters Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan.
His win marked the primary street stage win for clincher tyres and internal tubes in fashionable biking historical past. Regardless of the chance of being unrideable when flat, riders from each Specialised-sponsored groups have been seen utilizing the expertise, which Roval claims “is delivering the bottom driving resistance and supple street really feel.”
This use of clinchers will come partly because of the non-tubeless-compatible nature of Roval’s latest wheelsets, though curiously, on the time of capturing, Alaphilippe’s bike is seen fitted with Specialised’s Turbo RapidAir tyres, the devoted tubeless street tyres from the American model.
The Rapide CLX is the aero wheelset within the vary, and it places emphasis on stability in crosswinds with the usage of a shallower entrance rim. The Alpinist CLX is the light-weight providing, weighing in at simply 1,248g. That is additional exampled with Alaphilippe’s use of Shimano XTR mountain bike disc brake rotors, that are 10 grams lighter than the Dura-Ace counterparts.
Tools alternative comes daily, nonetheless, and for the flat stage 3 into Sisteron, Alaphilippe was again onto Roval CLX50 wheels fitted with tubular tyres.
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Julian Alaphilippe’s Specialised S-Works Tarmac SL7 specs
- Frameset: Specialised Tarmac SL7
- Entrance brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper
- Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc caliper
- Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 Hydraulic Disc Twin Management Lever
- Entrance derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-30T
- Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P w/ dual-sided power meter, 53/39
- Backside bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Wheelset: Roval Alpinist CLX, Rapide CLX, CLX50 tubular
- Tyres: Specialised Turbo Cotton, Specialised Turbo tubular, Specialised Turbo RapidAir
- Handlebars: Professional Vibe Superlight
- Bar Tape: Supacaz Tremendous Sticky Kush
- Stem: Specialised Tarmac Stem
- Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100
- Saddle: Specialised S-Works Romin Evo
- Seatpost: Specialised Tarmac seatpost
- Bottle cages: Tacx Deva
- Cycling computer: Wahoo Elemnt Roam