Having picked up four stage wins at last year’s race, it’s no surprise that André Greipel is stick with the winning formula of his Ridley Noah SL at the 2016 Tour de France.

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Like all of his rival sprinters at the Tour, Greipel’s bike is designed to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible, with the most innovative piece of tech coming at the fork, which is split down the middle to apparently reduce the air turbulence caused by the spokes.

Andre Greipel Ridley Noah SL tour de france aero fork

The slit down the length of the fork is designed to reduce the impact of turbulent air off the spokes

 

Elsewhere the bike has many of the same aero features that adorn other aerodynamic bikes from rival brands. The fork is curved backwards at the top so that it meets the down tube closer to the frame, while the seatstays are dropped down the seat tube to keep the rear brakes out of the wind and to improve comfort too.

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Andre Greipel Ridley Noah SL tour de france bike campagnolo eps junction box

The Campagnolo EPS junction box is hung on a Deda Trentacinque stem

As a Lotto-Soudal rider, Greipel is the only out-and-out sprinter at this year’s Tour de France to be riding Campagnolo components, with the bike fully decked out in Campag groupset and wheels. The shifting is dealt with by a Super Record EPS groupset with a 54-tooth big ring for high speed runs to the line, while the wheels are Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50s.

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Andre Greipel Ridley Noah SL tour de france bike lizard skins bar tape

Lizard Skins bar tape is a popular choice in the pro peloton

In fact, most of the finishing kit comes from Italy. The bottle cages are Elite Cannibals, the 140mm stem and carbon handlebars both coming from Deda’s Trentacinque range, while the saddle is a Selle Italia Flite Team Edition.

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Andre Greipel Ridley Noah SL tour de france bike c-bear ceramic bearings

However you have to go to northern Europe to find the manufacturers for the tyres and ceramic bearings, which come from Continental and C-Bear respectively, while the specification is completed by Lizard Skins bar tape, Look Ti pedals, and a K-Edge chainguard.