TDU 2017: Behind the scenes at the Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground for new team equipment. The riders themselves are the stars of the World Tour, but without their teams of support staff – mechanics, soigneurs and management – the riders would be sorely pressed to do what they do, day in and day out.

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The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura

Bahrain Merida’s Scultura, the last bike from our coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under! We featured the team’s aero bike, the Merida Reacto EVO a little earlier, but this is the team’s all-rounder machine, the Scultura, which is optimized for light weight, and climbing the big mountains of the three grand-tours. The idea behind Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team was sparked in August 2016 by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family. The team is financed by the government of Bahrain to promote the country worldwide.

This example of the team’s Merida Scultura is assigned to Janez Brajkovic, a 33 year old Slovenian-born racing cyclist who turned professional in 2005 with KRKA-Adria Mobil. Janez later moved to Team Discovery Channel, Astana and Team Radioshack, and even spent a two year stint most recently with USA based team, United Healthcare. For 2017, Janz returns to the World Tour peloton with Bahrain Merida. Click on through to see more of Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura. Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura”



Bahrain Merida’s Scultura, the last bike from our coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under! We featured the team’s aero bike, the Merida Reacto EVO a little earlier, but this is the team’s all-rounder machine, the Scultura, which is optimized for light weight, and climbing the big mountains of the three grand-tours. The idea behind Bahrain […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Sam Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe Specialized Venge ViAS

Bora-Hansgrohe is a German-based cycling team, originally founded in 2010 under the name Team NetApp. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bora, a German cooking surface and extractor manufacturer co-sponsored with bike manufacturer Argon 18. For 2017, the team becomes Bora-Hansgrohe, Hansgrohe being a manufacturer of shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Also joining them is bike supplier, Specialized, and two-time world champion, Peter Segan, signed to a three-year deal with the team. Be sure to check out Peter’s disc brake Venge with gold wheels from the Tour Down Under!

Team riders have the choice of the Specialized Tarmac, or the aero Venge ViAS, which is the case here with Irishman, Sam Bennett. Sam came on board in 2014 when the team was sponsored by Netapp-Endura, and originally turned professional with Irish team, An Post-Sean Kelly. He has many good results on his palmarès, including 2nd place at the recent People’s Choice Classic, the pre-cursor race to the Tour Down Under.

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Bora-Hansgrohe is a German-based cycling team, originally founded in 2010 under the name Team NetApp. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bora, a German cooking surface and extractor manufacturer co-sponsored with bike manufacturer Argon 18. For 2017, the team becomes Bora-Hansgrohe, Hansgrohe being a manufacturer of shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Also joining […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Mark Renshaw’s Dimension Data Cervelo S5

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a World Tour cycling team based in South Africa. The team’s name for 2017 reflects that while it is sponsored by Dimension Data Holdings, it is organized by the World Bicycle Relief’s charity program in South Africa. For 2013 – 2015, the team was registered as a UCI Professional Continental team, and enjoyed considerable success during that time with a classics win and appearance as the first African-registered team in the Tour de France. Their 2015 Tour de France campaign saw a stage win from Steve Cummings, while Daniel Teklehaimanot made history as the first Eritrean and first African to wear the race’s polka-dot mountain points jersey.

Cervelo have supplied bikes to the team since 2015, and many of the riders at the 2017 Tour Down Under chose the aero S5. This particular S5 is assigned to none other than Mark Renshaw, one of the best leadout men in the World Tour peloton. Typically leading out Mark Cavendish, Mark had free reign at the 2017 Tour Down Under, although his best result at that race was 6th in the People’s Choice Classic, a primer event before the Tour Down Under begins proper. Click on through to see more of Mark Renshaw’s Cervelo S5.

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a World Tour cycling team based in South Africa. The team’s name for 2017 reflects that while it is sponsored by Dimension Data Holdings, it is organized by the World Bicycle Relief’s charity program in South Africa. For 2013 – 2015, the team was registered as a UCI Professional […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Gianluca Brambilla’s Quickstep Floors Specialized Tarmac

The Quick Step team has considerable history in the WorldTour peloton. First as Quick-Step–Davitamon in 2003, born out of staff and riders form Domo-Farm Frites and Mapei, their biggest wins have come from the Classics. Names such as Paolo Bettini, Stijn Devolder and the ever venerable Tom Boonen have brought considerable success to the squad. For 2017 Quick Step Flooring takes over the reigns as sole named sponsor of the team, with Ettix remaining on board, supplying the team’s nutritional needs.

“There’s no better vantage point than from the top step of a podium, and no bike in recent years has studied the race landscape from this height more than our S-Works”, says Specialized. The company’s Tarmac has been ridden to victory at all three grand tours, and the bike’s “Rider-First Engineered” design ensures the Tarmac sprints, corners, and descends with uniformity. This example of the Tarmac is assigned to team rider, Gianluca Brambilla, who turned pro with Colnago-CSF Inox in 2010, but switched to Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2013, and has remained with the team ever since. Click on through to see more of Gianluca’s Specialized Tarmac… Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Gianluca Brambilla’s Quickstep Floors Specialized Tarmac”



The Quick Step team has considerable history in the WorldTour peloton. First as Quick-Step–Davitamon in 2003, born out of staff and riders form Domo-Farm Frites and Mapei, their biggest wins have come from the Classics. Names such as Paolo Bettini, Stijn Devolder and the ever venerable Tom Boonen have brought considerable success to the squad. For […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Mads Pedersen’s Trek-Segafredo Madone 9 Race Shop Limited

Trek-Segafredo is an American professional cycling team, originally founded in 2011 under the name Leopard Trek. The team has gone through various iterations of named and presenting sponsors, but Trek’s purchase of the team in 2014 sees them as co-title sponsor until at least 2018, alongside Segafredo, an Italian coffee brand.

This Madone 9 Race Shop Limited is assigned to Mads Pedersen, a rider who joined the professional ranks at the youthful age of 18. Mads rode with the Cult Energy-Vital Water team for 2014 and 2015, a year with Stölting Service Group in 2016, and for 2017 and 2018, he finds himself with Trek-Segafredo. He is touted as a classics specialist – in 2013 he won the Paris-Roubaix Juniors edition. Click on through to see more of Mad Pedersen’s Trek Madone 9. Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Mads Pedersen’s Trek-Segafredo Madone 9 Race Shop Limited”



Trek-Segafredo is an American professional cycling team, originally founded in 2011 under the name Leopard Trek. The team has gone through various iterations of named and presenting sponsors, but Trek’s purchase of the team in 2014 sees them as co-title sponsor until at least 2018, alongside Segafredo, an Italian coffee brand. This Madone 9 Race Shop Limited […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Jasha Sütterlin’s Movistar Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Movistar is a major telecommunications brand owned by parent company, Telefonica. The company mostly operates in Spain but provides services to countries such as Portugal and Andorra. It is the largest mobile phone operator in Spain with  22 million customers and over 40% market share. The Movistar cycling team, whose foundations were laid way back in 1980 as Reynolds, have won an impressive 13 grand tours. The Tour Down Under isn’t a grand tour, but it is the first UCI World Tour race on the calendar, and an important proving ground for new team equipment.

Speaking of equipment, Movistar’s relationship with Canyon bikes continues into 2017, along with long time component supplier, Campagnolo. This team bike is assigned to German rider, Jasha Sütterlin. Jasha turned professional at the young age of 18, spending his first three seasons with Thüringer Energie Team, before joining Movistar in 2014. Click on through to see more of Jasha’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Jasha Sütterlin’s Movistar Canyon Ultimate CF SLX”



Movistar is a major telecommunications brand owned by parent company, Telefonica. The company mostly operates in Spain but provides services to countries such as Portugal and Andorra. It is the largest mobile phone operator in Spain with  22 million customers and over 40% market share. The Movistar cycling team, whose foundations were laid way back in 1980 as Reynolds, […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Robert Gesink’s Lotto Jumbo Bianchi Oltre X4

Lotto NL-Jumbo is the second team in the World Tour whose name sponsor is a lottery, the other being Lotto Soudal. The team is sponsored by the Dutch Lottery, along with co-sponsor Jumbo, a supermarket chain. Bianchi bicycles was founded in Italy in 1885, and the brand’s Celeste paint color is recognized worldwide. For 2017, the team’s go to bike is the Oltre XR4, the replacement for last year’s XR2. This example of the XR4 is piloted by Robert Gesink aka “The Condor of Varsseveld”.  Robert’s palmarès is stacked with top results, including Grand Tour stage wins, and overall wins at events like the 2012 Tour of California.

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Lotto NL-Jumbo is the second team in the World Tour whose name sponsor is a lottery, the other being Lotto Soudal. The team is sponsored by the Dutch Lottery, along with co-sponsor Jumbo, a supermarket chain. Bianchi bicycles was founded in Italy in 1885, and the brand’s Celeste paint color is recognized worldwide. For 2017, the team’s go to bike is […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: TJ Slagter’s Cannondale-Drapac SuperSix EVO

For the 2017 season, the American Cannondale-Drapac team is utilizing disc brake technology on their training bikes. The team is scheduled to debut disc brakes on their race bikes at the 2017 Ruta Del Sol, but for much of the season, the team will be riding the rim brake version of the Cannondale SuperSix EVO. This rim brake variant of the team’s race bike is assigned to TJ (Tom-Jelte) Slagter. TJ has some good history at the Tour Down Under – he won the 2013 edition of the race – and has gone onto win stages at races such as Paris-Nice and the Tour of Alberta.

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For the 2017 season, the American Cannondale-Drapac team is utilizing disc brake technology on their training bikes. The team is scheduled to debut disc brakes on their race bikes at the 2017 Ruta Del Sol, but for much of the season, the team will be riding the rim brake version of the Cannondale SuperSix EVO. This rim […]

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