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Bikes that Won the Tour de France(7 posts)

Bikes that Won the Tour de Francebsdc
Jan 19, 2003 8:56 AM
I thought this was an interesting list of the people and bikes that won the Tour de France.
re: Bikes that Won the Tour de Francetoomanybikes
Jan 19, 2003 9:10 AM
Good list,

My recollection is that pre 1990 they were pretty much all steel and weighed in close to 20 lbs. Nowadays people say you CAN'T race steel and anything over about 17 lbs is considered heavy.

How times change!
re: Bikes that Won the Tour de Francetoomanybikes
Jan 19, 2003 9:12 AM
The other intersting thing about this list is how many of those bikes would have been outfitted with Mavic or Sachs/Huret componentry, where are they now??

Shimano didn't win a tour until Armstrong won his first, now they are pretty much accepted as part of the pantheon.
re: Bikes that Won the Tour de FranceWelshboy
Jan 19, 2003 2:05 PM
Yes, it was always surprising to see how long the big S had to wait for a tour win but they are certainly on a roll now!

Changing the subject slightly, when I first came into the sport in the mid-90's it was accepted that Reynolds 531 tubing had won more TdF's than any other tubeset. Can anyone expand on this, i.e. first 531 win and last 531 win.
Off hand I would have expected more Colnagos nmPdxMark
Jan 19, 2003 10:39 AM
You mean bikes that sponsored the tour winnerPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 19, 2003 10:45 AM
The bike doesn't make the rider... even in the early days of racing. The rider makes the rider so if you properly fit any Tour champion on any of the bikes of his competitors I firmly believe he still would have won.

The only exception is Lemond and his aerobars.

I agree with the aboveRaven1911
Jan 19, 2003 12:58 PM
I agree that the bike doesn't matter, but the rider does. Look at the winners and you can tell because some riders that won multiple TDF titles have ridden on different bikes like Indurain, Mercx and Lemond. The bikes at pro levels are very similar and most have the same components either shimano or campy so that will not really matter. This proves that riders of that caliber stand out and win by pure training and genetics.