As we reported yesterday, UK bike shop Ultimate Cycles have started selling off the bikes used in the filming of the story of Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France ‘victories’.
With filming complete, the bike shop has worked to acquire over 100 bikes, which are being systematically uploaded to ultimatecycles.co.uk, where you can find out more about getting hold of one of the replica bikes.
British firm Condor were charged with producing the replicas, which were painted to look like a range of road and mountain bikes spanning Armstrong’s career. Brands include Merckx, Look, Giant and Trek, among others, which were made up from the Condor and Italia RC stock.
The Ultimate Cycles website advertises loads of the replica bikes, but it doesn’t tell you much about them. Here’s our quick guide to some of our favourites, and their original incarnations.
Motorola (Eddy Merckx) 1994
Want the World Champion look? In 1994, Armstrong had the rainbow jersey and a Team Motorola Eddy Merckx frameset, seen here in action at the Tour of Flanders.
Telekom (Pinarello) 1997-1998
Of course, the film also features Armstrong’s rivals, so replicas of their bikes are also available. This Pinarello is a replica of the ones ridden by Jan Ullrich.
Saeco (Cannondale) 1999
Early in his career, Cadel Evans rode for Saeco and can be seen here on the eye catching red and yellow Cannondale. It wasn’t until twelve years later that he recorded the biggest win of his career, taking the 2011 Tour de France.
ONCE (Giant) 1999-2000
French cycling legend and former world number one Laurent Jalabert rivalled Armstrong in the mountains during the middle period of his stranglehold on the Tour. This bee-themed bike would certainly stand out in today’s peloton.
Cofidis (MBK) 2000
Your chance to indulge in a little Millar-time. This bike is a replica of the one ridden by Britain’s David Millar in the 2000 Tour de France, during which he wore the yellow jersey for the opening three stages. Armstrong, meanwhile, went on to record his second overall ‘win’ in the Tour.
Kelme (Look) 2000
Kelme’s Roberto Heras rode his Look to fifth at the 2000 Tour de France. Getting your hands on the replica of his bike should certainly turn a few heads on the commute or weekend ride.
T-Mobile (Giant) 2004
T-Mobile’s pink livery was a regular sight at the front of the peloton in the early 21st century. Ullrich and Armstrong’s rivalry continued throughout Armstrong’s domination of the Tour, but Ullrich could only manage fourth place in 2004.
USPS (Trek) 2004-2005
Looking a lot more like the bikes in the peloton today, the Trek bikes ridden by Armstrong’s team were leaps ahead of those from his early career. So if you want to hedge your bets with something that isn’t entirely out of the dark ages, this one could be for you.
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