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Tour de France tech: Who won with what?

Alas, the 2021 Tour de France is officially over, and Tadej Pogačar has been crowned the victor, confirming the result that has seemed almost nailed on since the end of the first week.  

Since he won the time trial on stage 5, he has followed it up with a near perfect display of dominance, marking out each and every one of his rivals and not losing a single second until the penultimate day, another time trial, when simply getting round safely was the priority. 

Alongside that dominant performance, new bikes, tech, kit, components and more have been on show for all to see, with manufacturers making the most of the ‘shop window’ effect of the world’s biggest bike race. Of course, the typical customisations of the latest national champions jerseys, special framesets for each of the race’s classification winners, plenty of non-sponsor components and prototype tech all snuck its way into the peloton, too. 

Here we take a look at all of the tech on show at the 2021 Tour de France, who won and with what, and the winners and losers from bike and component manufacturers.

Stage by stage: The winners
Stage Winner (Team) Bike Wheels Tyres Tyre type Groupset
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
2 Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix)

Canyon Aeroad CFR

Shimano Dura-Ace C60

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
3 Tim Merlier (Alpecin Fenix)

Canyon Aeroad CFR

Shimano Dura-Ace C60

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
4 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
5 Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) Colnago K-One Campagnolo

Vittoria Corsa TLR

Tubeless Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11 Rim
6 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
7 Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) Merida Reacto Vision Metron

Continental GP5000 TL

Tubeless Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
8 Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) Merida Scultura Vision Metron

Continental Competition

Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
9 Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen)

BMC Teammachine SLR

Campagnolo Bora One

Pirelli P Zero Tubular Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Disc
10 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
11 Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo R5 (unreleased)

Vision Metron (non-sponsor)

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
12 Nils Politt (Bora Hansgrohe)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
13 Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
14 Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo)

Trek Emonda SLR

Bontrager Aelous RSL

Pirelli P Zero Tubular SRAM Red eTap AXS 12 Disc
15 Sepp Kuss (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo R5 (unreleased)

Vision Metron (non-sponsor)

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
16 Patrick Konrad (Bora Hansgrohe)

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Roval Rapide CLX

Specialized Turbo Cotton

Clincher Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
17 Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) Colnago V3Rs

Campagnolo Bora Ultra

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Rim
18 Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) Colnago V3Rs

Campagnolo Bora Ultra

Vittoria Corsa Tubular Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Rim
19 Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) Merida Reacto Vision Metron

Continental GP5000 TL

Tubeless Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Disc
20 Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo P5

Shimano / Aerocoach

Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR

Tubeless

Dura Ace Di2 Disc

21 Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) Cervélo S5

Shimano Dura-Ace C60

Vittoria Corsa Tubular

Dura Ace Di2 Disc

Battle of the brands

Despite having 19 manufacturers in the peloton, the 2021 Tour de France has seen stages won by just seven different bike brands. 

The winningest of these was Specialized, whose seven wins all came aboard the S-Works Tarmac SL7 bike, thanks to four sprint victories by Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep), one from his teammate Julian Alaphilippe, and two from Bora-Hansgrohe, courtesy of Nils Politt and Patrick Konrad. 

Second on the list goes to Cervélo, courtesy of a single victory by Sepp Kuss on stage 15, and the most perfect of hat-tricks from Wout Van Aert. Not only did he win a time trial, a sprint and a mountain stage, he did so aboard three different bikes, the P5 time trial bike, the S5 aero bike, and the as-yet-unreleased bike we assume to be the new R5. 

In joint third and sharing the bronze medal comes Colnago and Merida, both with a trio of wins each, thanks to wins by Pogačar, Matej Mohorič and Dylan Teuns. Of course, this will be of little consequence to Colnago, a company that takes home three of the four available classifications.

Meanwhile, Canyon can boast a brace of stage wins, while BMC and Trek won one apiece. 

Which bike brand won the most Tour de France stages?
Brand Stage wins
Specialized 7
Cervelo 4
Colnago 3
Merida 3
Canyon 2
Trek 1
BMC 1

Vision SC40 DB

(Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

Wheels of fortune

By virtue of Specialized’s seven wins, the American company’s component subsidiary Roval shares the same number of victories to win in the wheels category. 

However, it’s followed slightly more closely, with five stages being won on Vision, a company whose wheels have been used by various teams, as well as Jumbo Visma, against the better wishes of their contracted sponsor, Shimano. Despite this, Shimano still manages a joint third place alongside Campagnolo, both with four wins. Bontrager brings up the rear with just one stage, thanks to the efforts of Bauke Mollema on stage 14. 

Which wheel brand won the most Tour de France stages?
Brand Stage wins
Roval 7
Vision 5
Shimano 4
Campagnolo 4
Bontrager 1

Roval Rapide CLX road wheels

(Image credit: Josh Croxton)

The tyre technology trident

Tubeless, tubular, or clincher. Those are the three types of tyre technology that featured in the 2021 Tour de France, but which can claim to be the most successful? Will the new-hat tubeless outshine its ancestral tubular counterparts, or will the everyman’s clincher emerge triumphant? 

Well, look away now, cool kids, because it’s the tried and tested tubular that takes the trophy with 10 victories, shared among Vittoria (7), Pirelli (2) and Continental (1). 

Once again, the Specialized behemoth affected the outcome somewhat here, because second place goes to clincher tyres, courtesy of the same seven victories by Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe aboard Specialized’s Turbo Cotton tyres. Tubeless did have its days though, four of them in fact, with Vittoria’s Corsa Speed TLR claiming both of the time trials, and Continental’s GP5000 TL helping Mohorič to both of his wins. 

It wasn’t a good year for Goodyear, who alongside Michelin and a few others, failed to gain a single stage victory. 

Which tyres won the most Tour de France stages?
Brand Stage wins Tyre type Stage wins
Vittoria 9 Tubular 10
Specialized 7 Clincher 7
Continental 3 Tubeless 4
Pirelli 2

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 2021

(Image credit: Josh Croxton)

A bad year for SRAM

Despite being the only groupset manufacturer yet to make the jump to 12-speed, Shimano still managed to dominate the stage win standings, winning 16 of the 21 stages. That’s more than 75 per cent of them. 

Campagnolo’s somewhat disappointing four stage wins will be completely overshadowed by the fact that it walks away with the yellow jersey, as well as the white and polka dot jerseys for good measure. 

In an ironic – for anyone familiar with the viral video – turn of events, it was Bauke Mollema who saved SRAM from leaving the Tour de France empty handed, but even with that one victory, SRAM will no doubt leave disappointed not to have taken more. 

Which groupset brand won the most Tour de France stages?
Brand Stage wins
Shimano 16
Campagnolo 4
SRAM 1

Rim brakes fight on

Anyone new to the sport might be surprised to learn that despite their near-monopoly on the bikes of the peloton, disc brakes had never won a Tour de France coming into the 2021 race. Sure, they’d won stages, that happened as far back as 2017 when Marcel Kittel won the sprint on stage 2, but they had never won the yellow jersey. 

They had a very small claim on last year’s race after Tadej Pogačar used discs on one of the flat stages, but the race was won in the mountains and for all of those stages, the Slovenian was aboard rim brakes. 

Sadly for rim brake purists around the world, the 2021 Tour has seen the tides finally turn because this year’s winner used disc brakes for 17 of his 21 stages, although with that said, rim brakes still maintain their relevance, because Pogačar switched back to rim brakes for his two mountain-top victories on stages 17 and 18. 

Admittedly, the damage had already been done on his GC rivals by this point, but representatives from Campagnolo do admit that this was a weight saving exercise.

Which braking technology won the most Tour de France stages?
Brakes Stage wins
Disc brakes 18
Rim brakes 3

Of course, at 18-3 in favour of discs in terms of stage wins, most sports would call this a hammering, but considering only two out of the 23 teams had access to them, rim brakes fight valiantly on. 

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