Earlier this year we had the opportunity to visit the Look factory in Nevers, France. Upon our departure, we were told to be on the look out for "something special" at the Tour de France. Then we received an invitation to a Look presentation Liege, Belgium. Who knows, but this might be the last major race for the beautiful 695. The Tour marks that point in the year when many companies roll out their new models so they can get action photos for the new year catalog. In three weeks we hope to be showing you it all!
The back of the BMC team bus is plastered with a photo celebrating last year's Tour de France win.
Stage six would end up being a very big day for the Movistar team.
The Movistar Pinarello Dogmas remain some of the prettiest bikes in the peloton.
Saxobank rider Johnathan Cantwell definitely has the "slammed" look down on his Specialized Venge.
Although a few riders were aboard the Team CLX, the sleek Canyon Aeroad is the bike of choice for the Katusha team.
Things have been a little quiet with the Argos/Shimano team, but many people are expecting big things still to come from John Degenkolb in July. Felt is another brand that could well have some some new bikes in the Tour this summer.
It looks like Tony Martin could use a new saddle on his Tarmac SL4.
No one is quite sure how to read the Andy Schleck drama. He pulled out of stage six after just 60k in, but he started the race with enough food for the whole 167-kilometer effort.
Following his 4th overall in the Tour of California, BMC's Teejay Van Garderen had a few moments to himself in the minutes before the start.
There seemed to be even more bikes running the elliptical Osymetric chainrings than usual, including some bikes that, if judging by the electrical tape covering up the Osyemetric name, probably weren't supposed to be.
Between the range of bikes being ridden by the team, there are a few Garmin Cervelo team bikes that also get special paint....like that of Brazilian National Champion Murilo Fischer - the only Brazilian to have competed in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.
Hey, look, here's another set of Osymetric chainrings that have been blacked out.
2008 Olympic Champion Samuel Sanchez is still running with his celebratory gold motif on his bike with bar tape, saddle...
...oversized derailleur pulleys and chain.
Oh yeah, Sanchez also runs gold Nokan cable housing and Shimano satellite shifters.
The start town of St.Alban-Leysse offered up some huge massifs as picturesque backdrops.
The French LaPierre bikes are used by the French FdJ team and the same bikes raced are also sold to the public.
The Bianchi Oltre was the bike that finished third overall at the Giro d'Italia.
You guessed it, another Osyemetric chainring with masked logos.
The team Vaconsoleil Ridleys have joined the elite ranks of teams that get to run Campagnolo's electrical EPS drivetrain.
"Kamm Tail" or not, the most accurate word to describe the new Trek Madone 7 head tube is massive.
This is the sign painted on the back of the Sky team bus.