A winner last time the Tour visited Liege, Cancellara was a hot favourite for the prologue win.
With its truncated aerofoil tubing profile (dubbed KVF), Trek’s Speed Concept is the epitome of a modern TT bike: the stem barely protrudes above the line of the top tube and almost all ancillaries are hidden from the airflow. Front brakes are shrouded within the fork legs and the rear brakes mounted beneath the bottom bracket.
Just as on his road machine, Cancellara has eschewed electronic shifting for mechanical Dura-Ace and the rear mech is supplemented with large diameter jockey wheels from Berner to reduce chain friction. It would also appear Bontrager has still yet to manufacture straight TT extensions. First spotted at last year’s Tour, the Leopard – Trek team mechanics still use 22.2mm aluminium tubing from a hardware store instead of sponsor’s lightweight carbon product.
Hidden within the fork legs, the Speed Concept’s brakes are shielded from the airflow
The aftermarket carbon cage hides oversize Berner jockey wheels for more efficient chain movement
With the UCI banning additional grip tape of saddles, only production items are open to riders to prevent saddle slip. This Prologo TTR fits the bill.
Mechanical Dura-Ace shifters despite the inability to change gear from the bullhorns
Fabian at the start of the 2012 Tour de France