Every technicality has been covered by the Sky team with the Pinarello F8 for the Brit to start his Tour de France title defence, but it wasn't to be after a number of crashes early on in the Tour

A few weeks ago Sky launched the eighth version of the Pinarello Dogma as their Tour de France team bike. But it’s only taken a few weeks for Sky’s mechanics to effect a few changes to the F8, and ensure every angle is covered for Chris Froome.

Despite Sky’s close link to Shimano, they’ve never been scared to fiddle with the electronics, and this time it’s the satellite shifters on Froome’s bars that have been adjusted.

The body of the shifter has been discarded, leaving the sealed electronics, some double-sided tape and a couple of tabs to make buttons — and it’s a slimline version.

Froome’s insistence on Osymetric chainrings could cause the team a major headache but, being a pragmatic bunch, Sky found a piece of black Teflon block and mounted it to the down tube. This combined with the modified K Edge chain-catcher, plus the precision of the 9070 Di2 front mech, keeps everything in order.

An old-school solution to rattling valves — cover them with sticky tape.

An old-school solution to rattling valves — cover them with sticky tape.

Sky devised their own tool for measuring the stems the sponsors supplied. Froome’s millimetre preference can therefore be catered for so he gets a 124mm stem.

Sky devised their own tool for measuring the stems the sponsors supplied. Froome’s millimetre preference can therefore be catered for so he gets a 124mm stem.

A subtle modification: Sky mechanics have added a plastic plate to the down tube to help keep the chain on Froome’s Osymetric rings.

A subtle modification: Sky mechanics have added a plastic plate to the down tube to help keep the chain on Froome’s Osymetric rings.

It’s not just sprinters that demand strategically placed Di2 buttons. Froome has the option of thumb-shifting while riding on the tops, allowing him to maintain his riding position while climbing.

It’s not just sprinters that demand strategically placed Di2 buttons. Froome has the option of thumb-shifting while riding on the tops, allowing him to maintain his riding position while climbing.

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