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?
Stage 1: Fernando Gaviria, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Venge
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.
Stage 2: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe, Specialized S-Works Venge
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.
Stage 3: BMC Racing (team time trial), BMC Timemachine
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.
Stage 4: Fernando Gaviria, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Venge
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!
Stage 5: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe, Specialized S-Works Venge
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.
Stage 6: Dan Martin, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago V2-r
— 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.
Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Bianchi Oltre XR4
— 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.
Stage 8: Dylan Groenewegen, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Bianchi Oltre XR4
It’s Groenewegen and his Bianchi Oltre XR4 for the second time in two days.
Stage 9: John Degenkolb, Trek-Segafredo, Trek Domane SLR Disc
— 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.
Stage 10: Julian Alaphilippe, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6
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.
Stage 11: Geraint Thomas, Team Sky, Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light
— 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.
Stage 12: Geraint Thomas, Team Sky, Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light
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.
Stage 13: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe, Specialized S-Works Venge
Back on the flat and Peter Sagan takes his third win of the race on his glittery Specialized S-Works Venge (see above).
Stage 14: Omar Fraile, Astana, Argon 18 Gallium Pro
— 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).
Stage 15: Magnus Cort, Astana, Argon 18 Gallium Pro
— 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.
Stage 16: Julian Alaphilippe, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6
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).
Stage 17: Nairo Quintana, Movistar, Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
— 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.
Stage 18: Arnaud Demare, Groupama-FDJ, Lapierre Aircode SL 900
French brand Lapierre picked up its first stage win of the year when Arnaud Demare sprinted to victory in Pau.
Stage 19: Primoz Roglic, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Bianchi Oltre XR4
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.
Stage 20: Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb, Giant Trinity Advanced Pro
— 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.
Stage 21: Alexander Kristoff, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago Concept
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.
Stage wins by brand
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
General Classification: Geraint Thomas, Team Sky, Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light & Bolide
Geraint Thomas secured overall victory mostly on his Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light. Check it out above or go to our full article here.
Points: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe, Specialized S-Works Venge
— 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.
Climber: Julian Alaphilippe, Quick-Step Floors, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6
Alaphilippe secured the King of the Mountains title on his S-Works Tarmac SL6.
Youth: Pierre Latour, AG2R La Mondiale, Factor One, O2 & Slick
@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.
Combative: Dan Martin, UAE Team Emirates, Colnago V2-r
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 worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.