There is plenty of action both on and off the road this week in Adelaide. This post covers some of the bikes that the Manly boys are up against on the road.
The pick of the bunch has to be the Specialized McLaren with the Lightweight clinchers rounded out with some Dura ace Di-2. This rider also decided that he only needed a 23 on the back for the Adeliade Hills, a show of strength and confidence.
The Melbourne boys are predominately made up of Hampton Cycles, which are a supplier of Specialized – hence a number of nice S-Works sitting in the bunch.
Something a bit unusual was the Ritte Bosberg with the Belgium paint scheme, through in some Zipps and Campy Record and it was a pretty sweet looking ride.
Something i couldn’t snap a picture of was the prototype SRAM Hydraulic road calipers on one of the bikes being ridden by a SRAM representative.
Not to be outdone, Schleck is rocking the new 11 speed Dura-ace with its super smooth shifting 11 speed C-24 wheels.
Todays stage was very much a flat transitional stage for the bunch, the peloton saw the arrival of Alex Gardner and Lucas Gamble. With the KOM and young rider classification locked up, Schleck Scheiner has been pulled from the Tour by his team. The young developing rider according to team management had achieved all his goals and it was decided that rather than put him through a full Grand Tour, it would be better to pull him out now so that he can hold his form into the classics.
Stage 5 is the Willunga Hill stage – look out for some fireworks.