What dictates Garmin's bike and tyre choice for Paris-Roubaix

The Garmin Sharp team will be changing Cervelo frames for this weekend's Paris-Roubaix all because of some special tubular tyres, as chief mechanic Geoff Brown

The Garmin-Sharp team training for the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The Garmin-Sharp team wasn't highly visible in the finale of the Tour of Flanders Sebastian Langeveld was the team's best finisher in 10th while Johan Vansummeren was involved in an accident which left a spectator in hospital. However, the show must go on and the squad is heading to Roubaix this weekend with different frames, special tubulars and hoping for better luck.

Although Flanders and Roubaix are often paired as races which present broadly the same challenges for equipment and mechanics, the Garmin team will actually be changing frames and tubulars for the French cobbled classic, as chief mechanic Geoff Brown explained. "For Flanders, the guys were riding on 25mm diameter FMB tubulars, like a lot of the other squads during the northern Classics season."

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