When it’s just man and machine against the clock, you need that machine to be the absolute best and the Pinarello Bolide is just that, here is Richie Porte's

In the ‘race of truth’ every second counts. Despite three weeks of racing, an individual time trial is often the only way to separate the top riders from each other, as one man turns himself inside-out against the clock to extract every possible advantage.

You can rest assured that if the rider is prepared to put themselves on the line like that, their bike will have to be up to scratch.

This is Richie Porte of Team Sky’s Pinarello Bolide. Although it was only launched last year, it has still had a few upgrades to ensure it’s ready for this summer’s campaign.

This is typical of the effort that the top teams make to extract every last second, be it through aerodynamic drag reduction or set-up, 
to ensure the rider is in the best possible shape.

This may be Porte’s ‘second bike’ but it has the exact same set-up as his race machine. After all, if he has a problem mid-event he’ll need to step straight off one and on to the other without adjusting a single thing.

Bolide is all about aerodynamics, so the stem has been lowered so that it flows into the top tube. This year’s has a carbon cover over the top stem to aid airflow.

Bolide is all about aerodynamics, so the stem has been lowered so that it flows into the top tube. This year’s has a carbon cover over the top stem to aid airflow.

Fizik’s latest TT saddle. It looks kind of odd with the cut-off nose, but this allows the rider to set the saddle as far forward as is within the rules.

Fizik’s latest TT saddle. It looks kind of odd with the cut-off nose, but this allows the rider to set the saddle as far forward as is within the rules.

Wisely, Team Sky don’t have a tyre sponsor — which means that they can choose from everything on the market. 
In this case it’s an FMB.

Wisely, Team Sky don’t have a tyre sponsor — which means that they can choose from everything on the market. 
In this case it’s an FMB.

The small blue block on the crank is a Stages power meter. It incorporates strain gauges that measure miniscule deflections in the crank arm and tell the rider how much power they are generating.

The small blue block on the crank is a Stages power meter. It incorporates strain gauges that measure miniscule deflections in the crank arm and tell the rider how much power they are generating.

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