Tour de France bikes: Thomas Voeckler’s Colnago C60

We take a look at Thomas Voeckler's Colnago C60, the bike that the perennial housewife's favourite will use for his numerous suicidal attacks at this year's Tour de France.

While eight of Europcar‘s nine riders at the 2015 Tour de France will be aboard the Colnago V1-r, one man had to stand out. Thomas Voeckler is riding a Colnago C60, a bike which also manages set itself apart from the rest of the pro bikes with a lugged carbon (as opposed to monocoque) construction.

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Fresh out this year, Voeckler’s Colnago C60 features whopping oversized tubes which claim to improve the frame’s stiffness at both the bottom bracket and head tube, which are matched by the larger lugs for improved resistance against impacts from the road surface.

voeckler's colnago c60 lug

Voeckler’s Colnago C60 is alone in the peloton with its lugged construction

Again standing out from the Shimano Dura-Ace crowd, Europcar are one of only four teams in this year’s race (Astana, Movistar, and Lotto-Soudal being the others) to be riding Campagnolo components.

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Voeckler’s Colnago C60 is equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS, the Italian manufacturer’s answer to Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, with a 53-39t at the front and an 11-25 at the rear for the flat opening stages (although we’d expect to see a 27t or even 29t sprocket attached once the race reaches the mountains).

voeckler's colnago c60 campagnolo super record

Campag Super Record EPS adorns Voeckler’s Colnago C60

The Campag groupset is matched by the tyres, a set of Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35s, which are clad with a pair of 24mm Hutchinson Pro Tour Superlight handmade tyres.

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As you’d expect from Voeckler, there’s no high tech gadgetry in sight, with no power meter on the bike, and only a basic Sigma Rox 6.0 cycling computer attached to the bars. This computer has no GPS function, and Voeckler had a pretty basic setup onthe screen, which displayed only time, speed, heart rate, and, oddly, elevation.

voeckler's colnago c60 kids names

Voeckler has the names of his daughters adorning the seatstays

A final nice touch is that Voeckler’s name only appeared on the wheels, not on the frame itself. Instead “Lila” and “Mahé”, the names of Voeckler’s two children, adorned each of the seatstays.

voeckler's colnago c60 sigma rox 6.0 computer

Voeckler’s computer had a pretty basic display

voeckler's colnago c60 campagnolo bora ultra 35 wheels

The only clue that this is Voeckler’s bike is on the wheels

voeckler's colnago c60

We hope to see this in plenty of suicidal breakaways