The Tour de France is over for another year (sob!) so let's have a look at the bikes that were ridden to each stage and category win.
Now, before anyone says it, we know that it's the strength of the rider and the tactical decisions they make that determine results, but this is just a bit of fun, and who doesn't like an excuse to ogle high-end road bikes?
Quick-Step’s Fernando Gaviria became the first wearer of the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour de France after sprinting to victory in Fontenay-le-Comte on the new Specialized S-Works Venge, a disc brake bike that’s designed solely for electronic shift systems.
Different rider, same bike. Three-time world champion Peter Sagan won the sprint on his personalised Specialized S-Works Venge, gaining the yellow jersey in the process.
BMC Racing won the 35.5km (22.1-mile) team time trial on BMC Timemachine bikes fitted with disc rear wheels and three-spoke front wheels from Shimano’s Pro sub-brand. BMC has just launched a version of this bike with disc brakes but the team riders were using rim brakes.
Crikey! It’s Fernando Gaviria for the second time and a Specialized S-Works Venge (see above) for the third time. This is getting silly!
Well, that’s four road stages and four wins for riders on the new Specialized S-Works Venge. Whereas stages one, two and four were classified as flat, this one to Quimper was hilly.
— Colnago (@Colnagoworld) July 20, 2018
At last, another brand gets a look in on a road stage, Dan Martin taking the stage on his Colnago V2-r (the Tweet above relates to Stage 9, but it's the same bike). It’s an aero road bike with direct mount brakes and a claimed frame weight of 835g – the same as the V1-r but with extra stiffness, according to Colnago.
— LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) July 5, 2018
Dylan Groenewegen dominated the sprint to take victory in Chartres on his Bianchi Oltre XR4, a bike that features what’s called Countervail technology.
It’s Groenewegen and his Bianchi Oltre XR4 for the second time in two days.
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) July 14, 2018
Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2015, won over the cobbles on his Trek Domane SLR Disc (it's actually Bauke Mollema's bike in the video Tweet, above), a bike with front and rear IsoSpeed that’s specifically designed to filter our vibrations on all kinds of rough roads.
Julian Alaphilippe won the first mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France in Le Grand-Bornand on a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6. The sixth generation Tarmac has a focus on reduced weight, improved comfort and frame stiffness and, for the first time, reduced drag.
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) July 19, 2018
The mountain stage from Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo saw a win for Geraint Thomas on his Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light, a very similar bike to the one he rode in last year’s race – given yellow touches after the stage to mark his status as race leader.
Here’s a video look at the Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light ridden by teammate Wout Poels in this year’s race.
REPORT/REACTION: Geraint Thomas made it two wins from two stages after a spectacular winning performance on Alpe d'Huez
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) July 19, 2018
G makes it two from two with a win on Alpe d’Huez.
Back on the flat and Peter Sagan takes his third win of the race on his glittery Specialized S-Works Venge (see above).
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) July 5, 2018
Spanish rider Omar Fraile won the hilly 188km (117-mile) stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende on his Argon 18 Gallium Pro, a bike that’s designed to be lightweight and stiff as opposed to aerodynamically tuned. It has a claimed frame weight of 794g (size medium, painted, including hardware).
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) July 24, 2018
Well, whaddya know? Magnus Cort followed up his teammate's win with victory in Carcassonne after making it into the lead group and easily outsprinting his rivals, again on an Argon 18 Gallium Pro.
Julian Alaphilippe took his second stage win of this year’s Tour as the race entered the Pyrenees, again on his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 (see above).
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) July 23, 2018
Nairo Quintana took a solo victory on the Col du Portet on his Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Movistar riders have the choice of the Aeroad CF SLX aero road bike or the Ultimate CF SLX, which is the lightweight option.
Here is the Canyon Ultimage CF SLX belonging to teammate Alejandro Valverde.
French brand Lapierre picked up its first stage win of the year when Arnaud Demare sprinted to victory in Pau.
Slovenia's Primoz Roglic got away from a select group of climbers on the final descent of the day to take Lotto NL-Jumbo's third stage win of the race and move himself into a GC podium position.
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) July 28, 2018
The world time trial champion took the win just one second ahead of Chris Froome, and all but secured himself the runner-up spot in GC.
Full report and reactions: https://t.co/F0OI89i02t
Bettini & Fizza pic.twitter.com/Po1RDmyzeI
— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamUAEAbuDhabi) July 29, 2018
It was Norway's Alexander Kristoff who outgunned the rest to take the most prestigious sprint of them all on the Champs Elysees.
If the Tour de France had a constructors' championship like Formula 1, Specialized would have won it. Like Canyon, it supplies bikes for two teams competing in the race. These are the number of stage wins per bike brand:
Argon 18 2
Geraint Thomas secured overall victory mostly on his Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light. Check it out above or go to our full article here.
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) July 29, 2018
Sagan secured the green jersey for a sixth time mostly riding a Specialized S-Works Venge – a version with a new paint job for the final stage.
Alaphilippe secured the King of the Mountains title on his S-Works Tarmac SL6.
@letour - Etape 4 / Stage 4
— AG2RLM Pro Cycling Team (@AG2RLMCyclisme) July 10, 2018
Pierre Latour, 24, won the Youth category on bikes from British brand Factor.
Wow. Speechless. Thank you pic.twitter.com/wdlzs4Ueif
— Dan Martin (@DanMartin86) July 12, 2018
Dan Martin launched attack after attack on his Colnago V2-r, earning himself a stage victory and eighth place in GC.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.