Despite only gaining the yellow jersey on Saturday at the Tour de France, Chris Froome has already got his mechanics hard at work preparing his bike for what he hopes will be a long stint in the maillot jaune.
As in previous years, it looks as if Froome won’t be going all in with his bike customisations straight away. That means that he’s keeping it simple to start with, wrapping a spot of yellow bar tape around the rather smart Pro Stealth Evo handlebars on the brand new Pinarello Dogma F8Xlight that he is riding in the mountain stages this year.
Although the handlebar tape is, for now at least, the only yellow thing on Froome’s bike, the race leader also seems to have received a few nice presents from sponsors over the last few days. Back in Team Sky kit on the team’s rest day ride, the Brit was wearing yellow Oakley Radar EV sunglasses and Kask Protone helmet, and yellow versions of the brand new Sidi Spot shoes that he first rode at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Froome shouldn’t have any problem hanging onto the yellow jersey (and his yellow bar tape) when the Tour resumes tomorrow with a flat finish into Revel on stage 10.