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