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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.