2011 Tour de France, stage 1: Philippe Gilbert’s spare Canyon Aeroad CF bike

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Jul. 2, 2011

LES HERBIERS, France (VN) — Phillipe Gilbert has already had one heck of a season. After dominating the spring classics, he’s now the Belgian national champion. His bike sponsor, Canyon, couldn’t be happier.

For the stars of Omega Pharma-Lotto, the German manufacturer has really pulled out all the stops personalizing bikes. Andre Greipel’s bikes get a gorilla treatment, and Fast Phil has this slick silver and blue Aeroad CF. It’s now his spare bike though, because after winning the Belgian championships, Canyon produced a custom red, black and yellow steed.

Unfortunately the new bike wasn’t ready for photos when I stopped by the team hotel. But Gilbert’s spare bike is so good-looking it’s still worth a glance.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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