|Bikes from the
2009 Le Tour de Langkawi, Part 1
report by Darren Lee / photos by Terry Tan
It is again February and as usual, the Tour de Langkawi rolls by. This year the race has been shortened to seven stages and the route is mostly in the vicinity of Klang Valley. Happily (maybe not for the riders...), the queen stage of Genting Highlands is back on the cards.
Unfortunately, TheDuh.com official photographer Andrew "Hats" Lee is indisposed for this event (and.. he is *still* processing our cr team photos...), but fortunately we have Terry here to provide us with photos from Stage 1 in Putrajaya - enjoy.
Volkswagen is for the first time a vehicle sponsor for the Tour.
Here we have the bike of Oscar Pujol, of the Cervelo Test Team. The shifter cables are now routed through the top tube:
And a closer look at the Rotor Agilis crank. Rotor is a sponsor for the 2009 season. The cranks are on 130mm spiders which will fit Shimano and SRAM chainrings.
The new Fizik Antares saddle on Marcel Wyss' bike:
Long time users of Time, BBOX Bouygues Telecom are now on their latest model, the RXR Ulteam. As you will note Michelin are their sponsors but since Michelin does not make tubulars, these are likely re-badged (something)...
The bikes for Garmin. You can see the 2009 paintjobs on the third and fifth bikes (with the new Dura-Ace groupset) while the rest are carry-overs from 2008. Also, the team has changed bar and stem sponsors from Oval to 3T:
Vorralberg-Corratec are on Reynolds wheels this season. Most of the bikes here are shod with the DV UL46 deep wheels:
And we close Part 1 with bikes of AG2R-Mondiale. Note Aurelien Clerc's bike (No. 31) - he prefers the San Marco Regal over the team sponsored Prologos. The new FSA cranks look cool and rumour has it that FSA will be introducing a complete groupset this year.
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