A look at Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL Giant-Alpecin team bike. Photos by Graham Watson

German sprinter Marcel Kittel wasted no time in putting his Giant Propel Advanced SL to good use, powering to win the People’s Choice Classic criterium in Australia to kick off the 2015 season.

As title sponsor of the Giant-Alpecin team, the bike manufacturer has naturally equipped the squad with its range-topping and cutting-edge machines. The Propel Advanced SL has been designed to be as aerodynamic as possible for a road machine.

To this end, the bike uses ‘aero’ brakes mounted behind the fork blades. All of the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 cabling is neatly tucked away within the frame, adding to the bike’s clean lines.

Kittel’s not inconsiderable 6’2″ height means he rides a large frame, which accentuates the bike’s forward-sloping top tube, flying in the face of the fashion for backward sloping top-tubes that Giant helped to create with its original TCR road bikes in the 90s.

Given the squad’s close association with component brand Shimano – which was co-title sponsor last season before Alpecin stepped in – it’s no surprise to see Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels and Shimano’s Pro branded finishing kit in abundance.

Also noteworthy is the Pioneer power meter, which can be clearly seen on the chainset.

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Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Marcel Kittel’s Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Giant’s aero frameset is UCI approved

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Pioneer power meter is integrated in the Shimano Dura-Ace chainset

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 cables under the long Pro stem

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Lightweight Elite bottle cages

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Rear-facing aero brakes

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Extensive wind tunnel testing by Giant has led to a smooth front end for the Propel

Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL team bike

Neatly tucked-away gear cabling, and you can see the Pioneer power meter on the inside of the left-hand crank

Marcel Kittel on stage two of the 2015 Tour Down Under

Marcel Kittel aboard his Giant Propel Advanced SL during stage two of the Tour Down Under