As with smart trainers, bike computers and power meters are theoretically fully sponsored on almost every team. However, in reality, that doesn’t mean that’s actually what those riders are using – something that came true this year in both categories.
In the above video I go through the teams to see what they’re actually using out on race day, despite what their sponsorships say. In addition, I talk to some of the riders and staff along the way. Oh, and there are washing machines. Beyond that, it’s just a fun look behind the scenes at the craziness that is the start of a Tour de France stage and the rush to get everyone to the starting line.
Nonetheless, if you’re just looking for the stats, here ya go!
Tour de France 2022 Power Meters:
As one can see, Shimano dominates here, but that’s simply because Shimano sponsors the most teams for their drivetrains. This is a very simple formula, and Shimano throws the most money at it. It’s not clear to me why all the teams aren’t on the newer R9200 series versus the older R9100 Dura-Ace cranksets. The older R9100P is known for being inaccurate, the jury is still very much out on the R9200P (I have one in for testing and have been putting it through its paces – full review soon).
The one notable quirk in the above was Lotto-Soudal. It’s very much a 4iiii sponsored team, and there were 4iiii-equipped bikes there. Yet, when push came to shove, as the riders were heading out, they clearly had Shimano R9200P units on some of their bikes. Odd.
Tour de France 2022 Bike GPS/Computers:
For these, I’ve denoted what the official sponsor is next to each team. G = Garmin, W = Wahoo, S = SRM, and B = Bryton. Note that in one case, Team Bahrain, there is no official Garmin sponsorship of the team, it’s just them using it. Within this, the riders are generally allowed to choose which head unit they want on that brand’s portfolio. In the case of Garmin, most riders choose the Edge 830, but some have selected the newer Edge 1040 Solar.
Probably the most notable Garmin Edge related tidbit was when I asked one of the Quick-Step riders in the video why he selected the Edge 1040 Solar specifically, and he had a surprisingly well-thought-out answer. For the most part, many of the riders just use what’s handed to them. But this guy went to town on his answer. Impressive.
With that, I’ll be out there today at the women’s race, checking out their gear. I’m super interested to see how that shakes out, compared to years past.
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