Tour de France 2022: Which Smart Trainers Do They Use?-NEWS SNEAKERS

In the case of the huge logistical problem that’s transporting a crew and all their biking gear throughout 21 levels and 4 international locations for the 2022 Tour de France, one maybe surprising bit of drugs is their sensible trainers. Every crew brings a slate of trainers with them, and in some circumstances, a number of sorts of trainers – and sometimes sufficient for all riders, relying on the yr/levels.

That was definitely the case this previous weekend on the Tour de France when opening stage was a person time trial, because it typically is. That signifies that every rider sometimes warms up on a wise coach forward of that stage for maybe 25-40 minutes, earlier than competing the comparatively quick 13KM stage. This may play out once more later within the Tour de France on the 2nd to final stage, w. a for much longer 40.7km particular person time trial is about to occur. T. aren’t any crew time trials this yr (sadly, they make for spectacular pictures).

As is commonly the case for a few years, I’ve outlined which trainers and energy meters every crew makes use of, in addition to a lot of attention-grabbing little coach tidbits alongside the way in which. For this put up, we’ve received the trainers up first. I’m skipping the bike energy meters on at this time’s put up, as a result of energy meters on time trial bikes are fairly often completely different than their street bikes they use for the remainder of the Tour (which accounts for like 99% of the milage). Similar goes for bike computer systems and such. Extra on that later.

Group Coach Itemizing:

Now, the easiest way to get pleasure from this put up is definitely the video above, specifically as a result of I’m going to nearly each crew and take a look at what’s happening as riders warm-up forward of the stage. However, in order for you the boring manner, .’s an inventory of which trainers they’re utilizing. However first, the compulsory reminder that *ALL* f these groups have coach sponsorships in place. That means, each single considered one of these is paid to journey these trainers. The tough pricing ballpark for such an association in 2022 is about $100K/yr, however that may typically embody additional equipment, relying on which coach firm is supplying it. IN any case, .’s the listing:

Elite Direto XR:

– B&B Accommodations–KTM
– Cofidis
– Group DSM (additionally Elite Qubo noticed)

Elite Justo:

– Groupama–FDJ
– UAE Group Emirates

Elite Suito:

– AG2R Citroën Group
– Arkéa–Samsic
– Bahrain Victorious
– Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux
– Israel–Premier Tech
– Movistar Group

Tacx NEO 2T:

– Astana Qazaqstan
– BikeExchange–Jayco
– Ineos Grenadiers
– Jumbo–Visma
– Lotto–Soudal
– Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
– TotalEnergies-Cyclists

Wahoo KICKR V5/2020:

– Alpecin–Deceuninck
– Bora–Hansgrohe
– EF Training–EasyPost
– Trek–Segafredo (additionally Wahoo ROLLR noticed)

Now, for people who wish to do provider/sponsor depend, they’re as follows:

Elite: 11 groups
Tacx: 7 groups
Wahoo: 4 groups

That is roughly in line with what we’ve seen over the previous few years. Elite has principally maintained their partnerships, whereas Tacx has decreased just below Garmin (however Garmin themselves has elevated for equipment), and Wahoo has barely elevated over the previous few years. Saris doesn’t sponsor any males’s groups this yr, and even once they did, it was normally solely a single crew (Trek-Segafredo).

Most instances, the Tacx & Elite sponsorships additionally embody bottles. And most instances, the Wahoo sponsorships additionally embody bike computer systems/chest straps/different indoor gear/and so forth… The Garmin sponsorships have a tendency to incorporate bike computer systems, watches, sensor equipment, trainers, Varia radar, and weight scales. Garmin particularly has two choices of sponsorship, which principally is Garmin solely, or Garmin + Tacx. Usually talking Garmin energy meters are usually not included ., since Shimano/SRAM are inclined to cowl many of the Peloton by way of drivetrains, and additional, that will get into rider pedal preferences. However, extra on energy meters and such in a unique put up.

Now, lastly, .’s a enjoyable gallery of all kinds of crew trainers:

Since for this piece I used to be truly extra targeted on video, I spent most of my time attempting to get video pictures of all of them quite than nonetheless pictures. Ideally I’d have had nonetheless and video pictures of all the pieces, however with the dumping rains, it was a endless battle to maintain the a number of digicam lens half-way viable.

Enjoyable Odds and Ends:

As famous within the video in additional element, you’ll discover a Wahoo ROLLR being utilized by crew Trek-Segafredo. This isn’t shocking as a time trial stage is actually the only greatest instance of w. a Wahoo ROLLR is smart. It permits the rider to warm-up until the final second on a motorbike with out eradicating the rear wheel. Whereas these mechanics can clearly swap out a rear wheel in mere seconds, it’s one much less problem.

After which over at Group DSM, they have been rocking a Elite Qubo coach, which was getting used for cool-downs, merely as a result of it was simpler to take care of and didn’t require energy. I had a chat with one of many Group DSM workers people about it within the video as properly.

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And at TotalEnergies-Cyclists, they even went to the difficulty of putting in the Tacx NEO Movement Plates:

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Additionally of be aware is that I noticed many groups utilizing cooling vests whereas on the trainers (they aren’t allowed in competitors). This was considerably shocking to me on condition that the opening stage was hardly that heat (roughly room temp), and likewise very quick (solely 13km). Simply as I used to be pondering that thought whereas watching a Jumbo-Visma rider with a cooling vest, the CORE temperature people actually stumbled into me. So, I requested them what was up. They defined that it truly does make a significant distinction to maneuver the needle even half a level ., however for probably the most half, the usage of the cooling vests . on this stage was extra about getting riders used to the timing/protocol on the race.

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Of be aware, 7 groups within the Tour de France this yr are formally utilizing CORE sensors (that means, formally introduced CORE as a provider/companion). Although unofficially, nearly each crew (or riders from nearly each crew) this yr is definitely utilizing them in both coaching or racing.

After which lastly, t. was this random just-announced and but now lonely Elite Justo coach close to the end chute space (which could be very removed from the beginning space). It sat simply apart an inflatable sofa, on the sting of a puddle that was undoubtedly far bigger a short while earlier. I’m unsure why this coach was ., or if it was ever used. In actual fact, it wouldn’t shock me if it’s nonetheless t., days later, sitting subsequent to that mud puddle. Somebody ought to have caught an AirTag on that factor.

With that – onto extra tech down the street in additional levels. Lots nonetheless available! Thanks for studying, and because of all of the DCR readers/viewers who mentioned Hello up in Copenhagen – it was superior to run into so a lot of you!

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