The 2020 Tour de France will be contested by 22 teams – the 19 UCI WorldTeams plus three UCI Professional Continental teams (Arkéa–Samsic, B&B Hotels–Vital Concept, and Total Direct Énergie) – and here are the bikes they'll be riding.
We'll be taking a look at the bike brands, the groupsets and the wheels. The biggest equipment news this year is Movistar ending its long partnership with Campagnolo and switching to SRAM groupsets and Zipp wheels. That brings SRAM's team sponsorship up to two as it continues to support Trek-Segafredo.
Merida is no longer a title sponsor but is still the bike sponsor for the Bahrain McLaren team. It is one of several brands to have launched new bikes since the start of the season.
Classy Italian brand Wilier returns to the WorldTour by taking over from Argon 18 as bike supplier to Astana. The team will continue to use Corima wheels, the only team to use the French brand.
Wilier also sponsors wild card team (meaning that it's not a WorldTeam) Total Direct Energie so it's one of only three bike brands with two different teams in the race – the other two being Specialized and Canyon.
Speaking of Canyon, it now only sponsors one WorldTour team – Movistar –with Katusha disappearing, taken over by the Israel Cycling Academy Pro Conti team from last year to form Israel Start-Up Nation. They ride Factor Bikes, the once British bike brand that supplied AG2R in the past. The other team in the Tour de France that Canyon sponsors is Arkéa Samsic, which races as a wild card.
Cofidis has joined the WorldTour ranks, and also gets a new bike sponsor, swapping from Kuota to De Rosa. The Italian bike brand previously supported the Israel Cycling Academy.
The groupset war – well, more of a skirmish – continues to be dominated by Shimano. It provides 14 WorldTeams this season, some sponsorship deals that mean the team also has to use Shimano wheels and sometimes PRO components, and in other cases, the team will buy the groupset and then are free to use chainsets and wheels from other brands.
Campagnolo supplies three teams and SRAM has two teams. Irrespective of groupset maker, all teams use electronic groupsets.
Disc brakes have become an ever more common sight in the pro peloton, and this year marks a big increase in the teams committing to disc brakes.
Team Ineos is a big exception here, so far showing no interest in even trialling disc brakes at lower lever races.
The French team sticks with Eddy Merckx bikes, which it changed to last year from the Factor Bikes it was previously racing. The groupset is now Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rather than the Campagnolo Record EPS of last year, but they’re still using Rotor cranks and Mavic wheels.
It appears the team will let riders choose rim or disc brakes with the choice of the 525 Disc and Stockeu69 rim models.
One of the big changes this year sees Wilier replacing Argon 18 at Astana. Wilier is an Italian bike brand with a rich history, making race bikes since 1906. In recent years it has been busy developing smart bikes like the Zero SLR, their flagship race bike, pictured above. Disc brakes and clean integration make it a thoroughly modern race bike.
All the riders use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets, and Shimano's disc brakes.
Merida has been very active in developing and refining its race bikes, and has recently launched a new version of its Reacto aero road bike
The entire team uses disc brakes. The bikes are built up with Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and Vision wheels.
Peter Sagan and the rest of the team will race on the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 – a disc brake-only bike.
The Tarmac has always been Specialized's lightweight bike, the Venge being the aero option. However, the US brand reckons the new S-Works Tarmac SL7 is so aerodynamically efficient, while weighing as little as is permitted by UCI rules (6.8kg), that the Venge has become redundant.
New last year, the CCC Team continues with the brightest kit in the pro peloton and Giant bikes.
Giant launched a new TCR Advanced earlier this year that you can expect to see the team riding. The TCR has traditionally been Giant's lightweight bike, but it has been given an aero makeover.
CCC riders use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets with wheels from Giant’s Cadex brand.
The biggest change to the WorldTour peloton is the arrival of Cofidis. The French team has also gained the sponsorship of De Rosa, an Italian bike brand that hasn’t been a common sight in the WorldTour much in recent years.
The company has been investing in its future, unveiling a new logo last summer and updating the SK Pininfarina and Merak, and it has a new Idol road bike for 2020, so bagging a WorldTeam has clearly been key to their marketing strategy. The bikes are equipped with Campagnolo groupsets and Fulcrum wheels.
The Belgian team committed to disc brakes in 2019, the first team to do so, and it didn't do them any harm at all.
Like Bora-Hansgrohe, the Deceuninck - Quick-Step team will ride Specialized's new S-Works Tarmac SL7 for both flat and mountain stages.
No huge changes for this American squad in 2020, aside from a little tweak to the bold pink and blue Rapha outfit. Cannondale is still bike sponsor with the new SuperSix Evo and SystemSix bikes available to the team. Last year we saw riders split between rim brakes and disc brakes, but it looks like it's disc brakes for virtually everything in 2020.
No major changes for Groupama-FDJ this year. French bike brand Lapierre continues to provide bikes and offers the choice of the Aircode SL for sprinters and flat stages, and the Xelius SL for mountain stages where weight is a priority.
Last year the team members were all on rim brakes, but most have moved to disc brakes this year.
Last year the professional continental team Israel Cycling Academy rode De Rosa bikes, but in the step up to the WorldTour after taking over the Katusha licence, the new Israel Start-up Nation team is now sponsored by Factor Bikes – a brand that has been in the WorldTour previously with AG2R.
Israel Start-up Nation riders race on disc brake-equipped bikes. We know that a new Factor Ostro road bike is on the way because it has already been approved by the UCI, but it hasn't been officially announced yet.
The team uses Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and wheels from Black Inc, Factor's in-house brand.
The Belgian team hasn't changed bike or equipment suppliers this year but the big news is that the entire team will race disc brakes.
The team has the choice of the Ridley Noah Fast Disc and Ridley Helium SLX Disc equipped with Campagnolo Record EPS groupsets and Campag wheels.
There are no significant sponsorship changes at this Aussie team. Scott still supplies bikes, with the Foil and Addict being the two models available.
The Foil has just been updated with fully internal cable routing, although only two members of the team will be on this version (pictured above) in the Tour de France.
Shimano provides Dura-Ace groupsets and wheels.
Movistar is a huge team in the cycling world and after 37 years of Campagnolo and rim brakes, it has switched to SRAM and disc brakes.
The team continues with Canyon bikes, with riders choosing between the Aeroad and the Ultimate.
The bikes are equipped with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupsets, Quarq power meters and Zipp wheels.
NTT Pro Cycling used to be Dimension Data and although the name doesn't live on, the relationship with BMC does.
The team riders use the new Teammachine SLR and the Timemachine Road aero race bike. Each is available only with disc brakes.
The bikes are equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and Enve wheels.
Team Ineos – officially Ineos Grenadiers at the moment – is rapidly looking like the most conservative team in the pro peloton, but it’s a case of it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, with the team sticking to rim brakes and publicly showing no interest in disc brakes.
The team continues to be sponsored by Pinarello, with the Dogma F12 the current model. A new blue/red livery has been unveiled for the Tour de France.
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 is still the favoured groupset and for most stages it's Shimano Dura-Ace wheels, although some team members swapped to Lightweights on certain days of the Tour de France last year, and in races earlier this season too. We expect them to appear again in the Tour, if only on the mountainous days.
Bianchi is still the bike sponsor here, with the Oltre XR4 the go-to race bike for most races/stages. Around since 2016, this is one of the oldest bikes in the peloton but it certainly hasn't held the team back in races since the 2020 season resumed; they've cleaned up!
Equipment duties full once again to Shimano for Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and wheels.
This team switched from Giant to Cervelo last season, and this year sticks with the same bikes, so expect to see the R5 and S5 models being used.
While the S5 forces the rider to embrace disc brakes, it appears the team is letting riders use rim brakes on the R5.
Groupsets are Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with Shimano wheels once again.
Trek-Segafredo riders choose between the Madone SLR and the new Emonda SLR for road stages. Trek boasts that the Emonda, with aero features for the first time, is its fastest climbing bike ever, so expect to see it when the race hits the mountains.
Trek-Segafredo is one of two WorldTeams using SRAM’s Red eTap AXS wireless groupset. The team uses disc brakes.
We saw iconic Italian bike brand Colnago return to the peloton two years ago and it remains here with the UAE-Team Emirates team.
The C64, Concept and V3-RS are the models available to the team, the latter is the newest and most likely the go-to bike for most riders on this team. Campagnolo will provide both groupsets and wheels.
Arkea Samsic rode last year's Tour de France on bikes from BH but the French team now has a two-year deal with Canyon. Like Movistar, the riders will be on the Ultimate and Aeroad road bikes.
We've been expecting an updated Aeroad for a while – a new Aeroad CF SLX was added to the UCI's List of Approved Models of Frames and Forks in September 2019 – so maybe it'll make an appearance in the Tour de France and be officially announced by Canyon soon. It's been a funny old year, though, so who knows?
The team uses Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and a range of Dura-Ace wheels. From what we've seen, it's disc brakes all the way for these guys.
B&B Hotels–Vital Concept rides disc brake bikes from Austrian brand KTM – the Revelator Alto Team Edition and the Revelator Lisse aero bike (pictured).
The groupsets are from Shimano although FSA provides the chainsets.
The team use wheels from DT Swiss, the ones pictured here being ARC 1100 Dicuts which were developed with Swiss Side.
Total Direct Energie race on Wilier's lightweight Zero SLR (above), the Cento10Pro aero road bikes, and the Turbine time trial bike. All of these models are disc brake-only
The groupsets are Shimano Dura-Ace while the wheels are from Italian brand Ursus.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.