We check out the Katusha fastman Alexander Kristoff's latest speed machine, the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

Another new race machine that was launched just in time for Yorkshire’s Grand Départ was the Canyon Aeroad SLX.

We caught up with team Katusha to see just what the Norwegian sprinter’s new bike looked like.

The frame itself has had just about every aspect inspected and improved for 2015. There are two keys to the frame improvements, both found in the modified ‘Trident’ tube profile.

Firstly, it gives better drag characteristics in crosswinds thanks to a wider tail and secondly, that width meant the designers could make the frame more rigid against sprinting loads.

When it comes to the details of Kristoff’s bike there’s little in the way of surprises and it’s a relatively standard team affair — clearly he’s an unassuming man who just gets on with the job at hand.

A full 9000 series Dura-Ace groupset adorns a bike that includes an interesting choice of chainrings ahead of the opening sprint stage — a 54-tooth outer and a 38-tooth inner combined with an 11-25 block gives a broad spread of gears.

Sprinter’s buttons are beautifully tucked away.

Sprinter’s buttons are beautifully tucked away.

Unfortunately for Kristoff, Katusha are sponsored by Ritchey so he doesn’t get to benefit from Canyon’s new bar and stem.

Unfortunately for Kristoff, Katusha are sponsored by Ritchey so he doesn’t get to benefit from Canyon’s new bar and stem.

Talk about neat: our photographer struggled to shoot the Di2 cable for the front mech.

Talk about neat: our photographer struggled to shoot the Di2 cable for the front mech.

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