Lapierre asked AI to design FDJ's Tour de France paint job and the results are stunning

The French bike brand used artificial intelligence to create unique designs for Groupama-FDJ's Xelius SL

Lapierre Xelius SL x Obvious custom bike AI drawing through flowers and buildings
(Image credit: Lapierre)

For better, or for worse, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming an increasingly common part of our everyday lives - and now, thanks to Lapierre and Groupama-FDJ, it's in the Tour de France. It isn't quite as you might expect though, there is no computer telling Jonas Vingegaard how many watts to put out up Alpe D'huez, nor an AI tactician telling Movistar who to send up the road.

The AI influence from Lapierre is purely a special edition livery for the Xelius SL 10.0. The new 'Symbiosis' special edition frame features a gloss black sparkly base colour, and is covered with concentric circles of floral patterns as well as drivetrain-esque chains.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.