- The 107th Tour de France got rolling in Nice on August 29 and finished in Paris on Sunday. 176 riders started and 146 finished.
- The 21-year-old Slovenian Tadej Pogačar won the three-week race after dramatically snatching the leader’s yellow jersey from compatriot Primož Roglič on Saturday’s penultimate stage, an hourlong time trial with a demanding summit finish.
- With the racing done, we again ranked each of the 22 teams’ bikes, based on design, build, and, most important, looks. Many weigh just 15 pounds, but will put you back $10,000 or more.
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The 21-year-old Slovenian Tadej Pogačar won a dramatic Tour de France in Paris on Sunday, beating compatriot Primož Roglič by nearly a minute, with the Tasmanian Richie Porte in third a further 2 1/2 minutes back.
While it was one of the finest, and hardest, Tours in the race’s 107-year history — with a record 190,000 feet of vertical gain — all along the 22 teams were building, servicing, and washing hundreds of bikes to keep the riders going to Paris.
And some bikes they are.
At this level of the sport, each rider has at least three bikes in his quiver: a superfast aero bike for the flatter stages, an ultralight climber for the mountains, and a slippery whip for the time trial. We omitted TT bikes and looked at either the aero or climbing bike, depending on which we thought more list-worthy.
These carbon-fiber machines weigh 15 pounds and cost $10,000.