• The Giant TCR Advanced SL, one of the standout bikes at the 2017 Tour de France. Image: Nat Bromhead
    The Giant TCR Advanced SL, one of the standout bikes at the 2017 Tour de France. Image: Nat Bromhead

Bikes Of The Tour de France: Michael Matthews' Giant TCR Advanced SL

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He's one of the most exciting riders in the pro peloton and he's all ours. Yes we're talking about Michael 'Bling' Matthews, the Aussie Team Sunweb star who's teammates include Tour de France Stage 13 winner Warren Barguil & 2017 Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin.

We caught up with 'Bling' at the Tour de France to take a close look at his race bike prior to the start of Stage 13 of the Tour de France in Foix. 

'Highest Stiffness To Weight Ratio'

First a word from Tom Davids, the in-house R & D specialist at Team Sunweb explained the new TCR's superior efficiency.

“The TCR Advanced SL delivers the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any production road bike and is perfect for the hilly races and mountain stages," he said.

"It allows our riders to attack steep climbs and perfectly manoeuvre technical descents. It easily reaches the 6.8kg UCI weight limit and still has the needed stiffness for fast accelerations, making it a perfect addition to the team’s equipment. The combination of the latest carbon-fibre technology, the world’s most advanced manufacturing processes and an enormous amount of research and data analysis have led to what we believe is the world’s most competitive bike.

Davids said the bike gives the team's rider the competitive advantage they've been aiming for.

Michael Matthews' Giant TCR Advanced SL Specs

Group-set: Shimano Dura Ace R9100 Di2

Wheels: Shimano Dura Ace

Tyres: Giant

Cockpit: Giant

Powermeter: Shimano

Head Unit: Giant

Saddle: Giant

Bottle Cage: Elite

Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace 




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