Not only did Orica-GreenEdge win the Team Time Trial, stage four, with the fastest average speed ever set on a Tour de France team time trial, the squad did so on a bike that’s been around for three years.
That said, the Scott Plasma 3, originally designed with British aerodynamic specialist Simon Smart, still looks clean and fresh, with minimal cabling or even wires on display the bike also benefits from a host of very tidy addendum made by the squad’s mechanics.
With Shimano’s Di2 11-speed in short supply, Cameron Meyer’s bike, pictured, was still a 10-speed version but with an interesting set up. With 11-speed front mech and cranks the team has cleverly used an Ultegra rear mech to make the shifting 10-speed which means they can still use 11-speed TT shift buttons too. To add a touch of performance and style back in, the team has swapped out the jockey wheels to give Cameron a set of ceramic bearings and a touch of green anodizing.
Despite the frameset’s age, the team mechanics are still able to come up with innovative modifications, and the really neat specially-designed bracket for the Di2 battery, which mounts under the Prologo Zero° saddle along with the junction box, really impressed us.
While the Pro Missile Evo bars are pretty much factory standard, the 25c Continental Pro Ltd tub on the front C50 wheel is less commonplace, but it still doesn’t explain why the team are running a Continental Podium 22c rear wheel on the new Pro Textreme. Whatever the reason it’s earned Cameron his first TdF stage victory.
Tour bike: Cannondale Slice TT bike