Regular fans have no hope of ever piloting, let alone buying an F1 car or MotoGP bike. But among racing sports, cycling is unique. Just about anyone can walk into a bike shop and buy a road bike with the exact same specs as what the pros ride.
To celebrate this year’s Tour de France, let’s take a look at some of the finest bikes in our inventory being ridden by current Tour teams. Here are seven Tour-worthy bikes that you can buy right now.
Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
Teams: Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Bora-Hansgrohe, TotalEnergies
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Bora-Hansgrohe, and TotalEnergies are bringing some of cycling’s biggest stars to the Tour. TotalEnergies will have three-time world champion and seven-time green jersey winner, Peter Sagan. The hot pick to win the green jersey this year though is Quick-Step’s sprinter Fabio Jakobsen. They will all ride the S-Works version of the Tarmac SL7, Specialized’s latest all-rounder race bike, which combines the aerodynamic efficiency of the outgoing Venge with the Tarmac’s legendary light weight and stiffness.
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Jumbo-Visma is led by Primož Roglič, one of the top contenders for the yellow jersey, and Jonas Vingegaard, who was last year’s runner-up. In the high mountains, Roglič and Vingegaard will likely ride Cervélo’s lightweight R5. But on flat and fast stages where aerodynamics matter more, the wind-cheating S5 will be the choice. It has a sculpted aero frame, integrated aero cockpit, and an aggressive, low riding position. Expect Jumbo’s star all-rounder, Wout van Aert, to use the S5 in his hunt for sprint stage wins.
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Team: UAE-Team Emirates
Two-time Tour winner, Tadej Pogačar, is cycling's biggest young talent and he’s the hands-down favorite to win the Tour for a third consecutive time. He gave Colnago its first official Tour win in 2020, and this year, he’ll continue riding the V3Rs aero race bike. Colnago better known for its beautiful lugged-carbon bikes, but went all in to design the ultimate race bike. The V3Rs uses a monocoque design that has been shaped in the wind tunnel with help from the aero experts at Ferrari.
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Trek Emonda SLR
Seasoned stage hunter Bauke Mollema and rising star Mads Pedersen will have a choice between the Madone SLR and the Emonda SLR. For flat stages the aero Madone will give Trek riders the aerodynamic advantage they need to push the pace. It’s just been updated for 2023, so unfortunately you can’t buy one just yet. Instead, look for the climb-conquering Emonda SLR. The Emonda has alway been the lightweight option for mountain stage, but with some new aero shaping it’s become a versatile all-rounder.
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Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
Teams: Alpecin-Deceuninck, Movistar, Arkéa-Samsic
Along with Specialized, Canyon is one of the most represented brand at the Tour with three teams. Multi-discipline phenom Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Deceuninck will be starting his second Tour de France, and hopefully this time he’ll ride the Aeroad all the way to the finish. Expect to see a battle for stage wins against his longtime rival, Wout van Aert. His weapons of choice will be the lightweight Canyon Ultimate for hilly stages and the aerodynamic Canyon Aeroad for flat stages.
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BMC Teammachine SLR01
Team: AG2R Citroën
BMC has designed the Teammachine to blur the lines between aero and lightweight climbing bikes. It even has a special bottle cage system designed to integrate with and enhance the frame’s aero shape. The French AG2R Citroën team will be relying on this all-rounder to bring the fight to bigger teams. The dream would be to have one of its French riders take a stage win on Bastille day. We’ll also be looking at Ben O’Connor to see if he can use the Teammachine to match his breakthrough fourth place finish at last year’s Tour.
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Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Teams: EF Education–TIBCO–SVB, EF Education-EasyPost
This year will feature the first edition of Tour de France Femmes. The women’s race will last 8 days and take place after the Tour, with the first stage taking place on the Champs-Élysées. EF Education–TIBCO–SVB will be vying for glory aboard the latest Cannondale SuperSix Evo, which has been revamped to be both more aerodynamic and comfortable. It’s essentially the same bike used by the men’s EF Education-EasyPost team.
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Other Tour de France bike brands
This year’s Tour will feature 22 teams riding 18 different bike brands. We put the spotlight on seven brands here, but you’ll be able to find plenty of others as our inventory is constantly changing.
Shop other Tour de France brands in our inventory:
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[button]Giant[/button] - Team BikeExchange-Jayco
[button]Wilier Triestina[/button] - Astana-Qazaqstan
[button]Ridley[/button] - Lotto-Soudal
[button]Factor[/button] - Israel Start-Up Nation
[button]Scott[/button] - Team DSM
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