Group Ineos raced degree Five of the Excursion de France, which was once received through Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), on Light-weight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels, with the crew confirming they are going to additionally race the wheels on degree 6 to Los angeles Planche Des Belles Filles – which options gradients of over 20 in keeping with cent – and different climbing-focused levels throughout the race.
The British squad have used Shimano wheels and Pinarello frames since their inception, however are anticipated to proceed to change between the Light-weight wheels and the standard Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 sequence wheels for the remainder of this yr’s Excursion.
Cyclingnews noticed all 8 Group Ineos riders racing at the wheelsets throughout Wednesday’s degree, along every rider’s spare motorbike at the roof of the crew automotive. It’s understood that the German carbon experts don’t sponsor any skilled riders or groups and so the crew would have paid for the 16 pairs of wheels out in their price range, totalling round £80,000 at complete retail worth.
The Light-weight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels have a claimed weight of 935g as opposed to the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 weight of one,355g – a weight saving of greater than 400g. The transfer to the wheels will have to deliver the crew’s Pinarello Dogma F12 motorcycles all the way down to the 6.8kg UCI minimal weight restrict, in the event that they weren’t already there.
A Group Ineos spokesperson showed that Shimano stays a spouse of the crew however the riders may have the collection of each units of wheels all over the race. When contacted through Cyclingnews, Shimano mentioned: “Shimano is the principle provider and is a valued spouse for Group Ineos”.
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