A look at Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel Advanced SL Giant-Alpecin team bike. Photos by Graham Watson
As title sponsor of the Giant-Alpecin team, the bike manufacturer has naturally equipped the squad with its range-topping and cutting-edge machines. The Propel Advanced SL has been designed to be as aerodynamic as possible for a road machine.
To this end, the bike uses ‘aero’ brakes mounted behind the fork blades. All of the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 cabling is neatly tucked away within the frame, adding to the bike’s clean lines.
Kittel’s not inconsiderable 6’2″ height means he rides a large frame, which accentuates the bike’s forward-sloping top tube, flying in the face of the fashion for backward sloping top-tubes that Giant helped to create with its original TCR road bikes in the 90s.
Given the squad’s close association with component brand Shimano – which was co-title sponsor last season before Alpecin stepped in – it’s no surprise to see Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels and Shimano’s Pro branded finishing kit in abundance.
Also noteworthy is the Pioneer power meter, which can be clearly seen on the chainset.