Tech Tour de France: who won with what?

Unfortunately, the 2021 Tour de France is officially over, and Tadej Pogacar was crowned the winner, confirming the result which seemed almost nailed since the end of the first week.

Since winning the Stage 5 time trial, he has followed it with an almost perfect display of domination, scoring each of his rivals and not wasting a single second until the front end. – last day, another time trial, just getting round safely was the priority.

Along with these dominant performances, new bikes, technologies, kits, components and much more were on display for all to see, with manufacturers making the most of the “showcase” effect of the world’s greatest cycling race. Of course, the typical customizations of the last national champions jerseys, special frames for each of the winners of the race classification, a lot of non-sponsor components and prototype technology also crept into the peloton.

Here we take a look at all the tech showcased at the Tour de France 2021, who won and with what, and the winners and losers from bike and component makers.

Step by step: The winners
Step Winner (Team) Bicycle wheels Tires Tire type Group
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
2 Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix)

Canyon Aeroad CFR

Shimano Dura-Ace C60

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
3 Tim Merlier (Alpecin Fenix)

Canyon Aeroad CFR

Shimano Dura-Ace C60

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
4 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
5 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) Colnago K-One Campagnolo

Vittoria Corsa TLR

Tubeless Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11 rim
6 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
7 Matej Mohorič (victorious Bahrain) Mérida Réacto Vision Metron

Continental GP5000 TL

Tubeless Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
8 Dylan Teuns (victorious Bahrain) Merida Scultura Vision Metron

Continental Competition

Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
9 Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën)

BMC Teammachine SLR camera

Campagnolo Bora One

Pirelli P Zero Tubular Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 disc
ten Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
11 Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo R5 (unpublished)

Vision Metron (non-sponsor)

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
12 Nils Politt (Bora Hansgrohe)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
13 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
14 Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo)

Trek Emonda SLR

Bontrager Aelous RSL

Pirelli P Zero Tubular SRAM Red eTap AXS 12 Disc
15 Sepp Kuss (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo R5 (unpublished)

Vision Metron (non-sponsor)

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
16 Patrick Konrad (Bora Hansgrohe)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Turbo Specialized Cotton

Decisive argument Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
17 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) Colnago V3R

Campagnolo Bora Ultra

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 rim
18 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) Colnago V3R

Campagnolo Bora Ultra

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 rim
19 Matej Mohorič (victorious Bahrain) Mérida Réacto Vision Metron

Continental GP5000 TL

Tubeless Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
20 Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo P5

Shimano / Aérocoach

Vittoria Corsa Speed ​​TLR

Tubeless

Hard Drive Ace Di2

21 Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo S5

Shimano Dura-Ace C60

Vittoria Corsa Tubular

Hard Drive Ace Di2

Battle of brands

Despite the presence of 19 manufacturers in the peloton, the 2021 Tour de France saw stages won by only seven different bicycle brands.

The most successful of these was Specialized, whose seven wins were all on the S-Works Tarmac SL7 bike, thanks to four sprint wins from Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep), one of his teammate Julian Alaphilippe and two from Bora-Hansgrohe, courtesy of Nils Politt and Patrick Konrad.

Second on the list goes to Cervélo, thanks to a single victory for Sepp Kuss in stage 15, and the most perfect of Wout Van Aert’s triplets. Not only did he win a time trial, a sprint and a mountain stage, but he did so aboard three different bikes, the P5 time trial bike, the S5 aero bike and the bike. unreleased we assume to be the new R5.

In third place and sharing the bronze medal come Colnago and Merida, both with a trio of wins each, thanks to the victories of Pogacar, Matej Mohorič and Dylan Teuns. Of course, that won’t matter much to Colnago, a company that wins three of the four available rankings.

Meanwhile, Canyon can boast several stage victories, while BMC and Trek each have one.

Which brand of bike has won the most stages of the Tour de France?
Mark Stage victories
Specialized 7
Cervelo 4
Colnago 3
Merida 3
Canyon 2
hiking 1
BMC 1

Vision SC40 DB

(Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

Wheels of Fortune

Thanks to Specialized’s seven victories, the components subsidiary of the American company Roval shares the same number of victories in the wheel category.

However, it is followed a bit closer, with five stages won on Vision, a company whose wheels have been used by various teams, as well as Jumbo Visma, against the best wishes of their contract sponsor, Shimano. Despite this, Shimano still manages a joint third place alongside Campagnolo, both with four wins. Bontrager brings up the rear with just one step, thanks to the efforts of Bauke Mollema on step 14.

Which brand of wheels has won the most stages in the Tour de France?
Mark Stage victories
Roval 7
Vision 5
Shimano 4
Campagnolo 4
Bontrager 1

Roval Rapide CLX road wheels

(Image credit: Josh Croxton)

The tire technology trident

Tubeless, tubular or tire. These are the three types of tire technologies that featured in the 2021 Tour de France, but which one can claim to be the most successful? Will the new tubeless cap eclipse its ancestral tubular counterparts, or will everyone’s clincher come out on top?

Well look away now, cool kids, because it’s the proven gut that takes the trophy with 10 wins, split between Vittoria (7), Pirelli (2) and Continental (1).

Once again, the Specialized juggernaut affected the result somewhat here, as second place went to the clincher tires, thanks to the same seven wins from Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe on Specialized Turbo Cotton tires. Tubeless has had its days though, four of them in fact, with Vittoria’s Corsa Speed ​​TLR winning both time trials and Continental’s GP5000 TL helping Mohorič to both wins.

It was not a good year for Goodyear who, alongside Michelin and a few others, failed to secure a single stage victory.

Which tires have won the most stages of the Tour de France?
Mark Stage victories Tire type Stage victories
Vittoria 9 Tubular ten
Specialized 7 Decisive argument 7
Continental 3 Tubeless 4
Pirelli 2

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 2021

(Image credit: Josh Croxton)

A bad year for SRAM

Despite being the only groupmaker to make the leap to 12-speed yet, Shimano still managed to dominate the stage wins standings, winning 16 of the 21 stages. That’s over 75 percent of them.

Campagnolo’s four somewhat disappointing stage victories will be completely overshadowed by the fact that he leaves with the yellow jersey, as well as the white and polka dot jerseys for good measure.

Ironically – for anyone familiar with the viral video – this turn of events, it was Bauke Mollema who saved SRAM from leaving the Tour de France empty-handed, but even with this one victory, SRAM will no doubt leave one disappointed not to have took more.

Which group brand has won the most stages of the Tour de France?
Mark Stage victories
Shimano 16
Campagnolo 4
SRAM 1

Rim brakes fight

Anyone new to the sport might be surprised to learn that despite their virtual monopoly on the peloton’s bikes, disc brakes had never won a Tour de France before the 2021 race. Of course, they had won stages. , it happened as early as 2017, when Marcel Kittel won the stage 2 sprint, but they had never won the yellow jersey.

They had a very small claim on last year’s race after Tadej Pogačar used discs on one of the flat stages, but the race was won in the mountains and for all of these stages the Slovenian was on board rim brakes.

Unfortunately for rim brake purists the world over, the 2021 Tour has finally seen the wind turn as this year’s winner used disc brakes for 17 of his 21 stages, although that said, the rim brakes retain still their relevance, because Pogačar has returned to the rim. brakes for his two victories at the top of stages 17 and 18.

Granted, the damage had already been done on its GC rivals at this point, but Campagnolo reps admit it was a weight reduction exercise.

Which braking technology has won the most stages in the Tour de France?
Brakes Stage victories
Disc brakes 18
Rim brakes 3

Sure, at 18-3 in favor of the records in terms of stage wins, most sports would call it a hammering, but given that only two of the 23 teams had access to it, the rim brakes fight valiantly.

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