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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Cannondale 2009 Tour De France Racing Bicycle
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2009 Tour De France Liquigas Cannondale Racing Bike

LE CAP D'AGDE, FRANCE - Today is Stage 5 of the 2009 Tour De France, and it departs from the village of Le Cap D'Agde, France and the riders will travel a total distance of 196.5 kms finishing in Perpigan, France. For the last third of the race the riders will run parallel with the Mediterranean Sea and have views of the water for that part of the journey. The riders depart Le Cap D'Agde at sea level and then gradually climb to 250 metres at Col De Feuilla in France. Then they descend quickly and ride the last 60 km along almost flat terrain ending at the finish at sea level again.

Looking at the technology of the bikes, theirEarth photographed the 2009 Liquigas Cannondale racing bike recently and thought we would discuss some of the technology in a Tour De France racer. First of all the teams choose a different bike depending upon the type of Stage race for the day. In the case of the photograph above, the bike shown was one prepared for the First Stage that was almost a pure sprint and the bicycle for this event had a high aerodynamic profile. The bike shown is a Cannondale Slice racer with Mavic rims and Cannondale/Campagnolo groupset hardware.

The Mavic rims on the Cannondale Liquigas racing bicycle are very high technology, and the front rim is a Gold Medal Olympic Gold track model, and since its introduction has won about 80% of the track medals in competition. The front wheel is made of carbon fiber and is very light at just 750 grams. The rear wheel is Mavic's Comete Route, weighing 1150 grams and having a lateral cover on both sides to make it very aerodynamic.

For the First Stage race, the front handlebars on the racers were set up to allow the rider to lean far forward and tuck their heads and body low so as to have the ultimate high speed aerodynamic profile while descending. The Liquigas bike technicians said that this Cannondale bike as it was set up weighed in at about 8 kg (17.6 lbs).

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