You need a good dose of luck when heading to the team hotels in the days leading up to the Tour de France, luck that the bike you want to film and photograph is actually there. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the UAE Team Emirates team hotel on the Friday before the Grand Depart, British rider Ben Swift was out on one last training ride on his Colnago Concept aero bike. So we grabbed his spare C60 instead and filmed that instead.
Swift will fancy his chances in the sprint finishes though he was involved in the aftermath of the Cavendish/Sagan incident, and he's opting for Colnago's Concept, a full aero race bike. The team had plenty of C60 bikes as spares though, and it strikes a much more traditional appearance compared to the sleek aero lines of the Concept. The builds are broadly identical, Campagnolo Super Record EPS with Bora wheels, the depth of the wheel rims chosen based on the profile of each stage.
Other details include an aluminium Deda stem and bar, better to withstand crashes... and a Garmin out-front mount supplied by Barfly. Power measurement duties are taken care off by Power2MAx, the German company counts several teams on its power meters.
We were impressed when the Colnago team bikes first made an appearance earlier this year, with the red lugs and carbon tubes going down a treat. They've switched to dull grey lugs for the Tour de France, which is a shame as it's not quite as flash or classy.
Anyway, check out the video above for a closer look at the bike. There's more Tour Tech coverage on the other side of this link.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.