As a hometown hero and previously prolific winner in the Ardennes, Gilbert was targeting victory in stage one of the Tour de France in Seraing.

Apart from the riders using the new aero TMR01, Gilbert was aboard a 50cm Team Machine for stage 1, the sub kilo frame was built up in a fairly standard fashion with mid-section Easton EC90SL 40mm wheels, rolling on Continental’s venerable Competition tubular rubber.

Mid-section carbon wheels offer a balance between low weight for the Ardennes hills and low drag for the speedier stuff.

Spinning this up was a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, electronic drive chain, but keeping the all-important SRMs cranks for data. Creature of habit, Gibert has opted for classic-bend Easton EA70 bars, but has to use a 3T stem with graphics blacked out as he needs a stem from another manufacturer to get the exact length and drop required. The only other frame update change from Cadel’s 2011 Tour winning TM01 is an updated chain catcher.

Rather than use an aftermarket product, BMC’s egineers have developed this integrated chain catcher for the 2012 SLR01

With such a light frame, aluminium bars can be chosen for their reliability and resilience in the inevitable first-week crashes

Gilbert at the Tour de France

Gilbert’s Teammachine is the quintessential modern road bike with little superfluous details

  • Frederic Jacquet

    This is a 50 cms frame size and it seems it might assure a more responsive frame than the 53 size. I believe Philippe is 1,79 cms tall and I wonder how long is the stem. It seems it is a 130 mm lenght stem with a 0 degre gradient in order to compensate slighly the shorter head tube. (Handlebar is then farther and higher due to the 0 degre stem.
    I personnaly own a 53 cms frame size and I have exactly the same body size of Philippe (1,78 and 65 Kilos).
    I am sure his bike is more responsive only due to this choice of 50 Cms frame size.
    Anyway the SLR01 doesn’t make you jump on the first meters as you attack but once you get used to the way this frame behave you can really maintain your effort later than with almost any other stiffer frame.
    Another particularity I have remarked with this frame is that it seems no so stiff at first “glance” but when you pass 45 / 47 Kms/h on flats portions, the frame suddenly get stiffer and gets straight just like a knife blade in the bottom bracket area.
    This bike is a masterpiece of conception….. but you don’t realize it during your first rides.
    I live in the french Alps and I have ridden 12 000 Kms with this frame.
    Have good rides ! From Frédéric Jacquet (France)