Women’s Tour de France: Bike Computers and Power Meters


As was the case with last year’s Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (the women’s Tour de France), I swung down to check out all the sports tech. This first post will cover all the bike computers and power meters, and then tomorrow I’ll dive into all the trainers as the teams complete the final stage, an individual time trial.

Having followed the women’s teams for a number of years at various major events, it’s been fascinating to see the transition and sponsorship shifts that are really raising the gear level that the women receive. This year was no different. Whether measured by the completeness of team bikes/power meters/bike computers, or simply the size of the team buses/RVs to match the men’s busses (arguably a better proxy metric in some ways), it’s clear the sponsors are spending money on the women’s side.

Yet what’s cool is how accessible the women’s side still is. For today’s stage, the entire technical zone was fully open to anyone. Whereas at a corresponding men’s stage, it’s roped off. Sure, some stages will have really good viewing of the men’s teams from a couple meter’s away behind a fence – but others will be hidden entirely, only accessible to the teams/media/VIPs. Here though, it’s wide open, allowing any and all spectators to walk right up to the riders, including for autographs:


Of course, that isn’t always the case. Last year in Paris at the start, the women’s teams were behind the fences a bit (but still everything only a few meters away). But given the size of the crowds there, it probably made sense. In any event, let’s jump over to the tech side.

Bike Computers:


Here’s a look at what the riders were using for their bike computers today. As has been the case the last year or two, almost all the teams are sponsored by Garmin, Hammerhead (SRAM), or Wahoo. Within that, for the Garmin and Wahoo teams, riders are allowed to select which units they prefer. For example, a Garmin sponsored team can choose an Edge 840 variant or an Edge 1040 variant, or even as we saw, one Jumbo-Visma rider on an Edge 130 Plus. Same goes for Wahoo, choosing between the Wahoo BOLT V2 or ROAM V2. For Hammerhead, they’ve got one unit currently in production, the Karoo 2, so that’s what they get. There are no Stages/Giant, or Bryton units this year.

Note that as is usually the case, with 100+ riders, some riders will sneak by with a different unit than I saw the majority of the team riding. For example, on some of the Wahoo sponsored teams, as the riders started I saw a handful of Wahoo ROAM V2s fly by. Riders typically hold onto their own bike computers until they get on their bike and head to the start line, so while they did do some trainer warm-up today, not all of them had bike computers recording those warm-ups. However, these units are virtually always within the sponsored offerings from their respective sponsor.

UCI WorldTeams:

  • Canyon-SRAM Racing: Hammerhead Karoo 2
  • EF Education-TIBCO-SVB: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • FDJ Suez: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Fenix-Deceuninck: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Human Powered Health: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Israel-Premier Tech Roland: Hammerhead Karoo 2
  • Lidl Trek: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Liv Racing TeqFind: Garmin Edge 840
  • Movistar Team: Garmin Edge 840 Solar & 1040 Solar
  • Team DSM Firmenich: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Team Jayco AlUla: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Jumbo Visma: Garmin Edge 840, Edge 840 Solar, Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • SD Worx: Garmin Edge 840 Solar
  • UAE Team ADQ: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Uno-X Pro Cycling Team: Garmin Edge 830 + mixed Garmin Edge

UCI ProTeams:

  • AG Insurance – Soudal Quick-Step Team: Garmin Edge 840 Solar
  • Arkea Women: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Cofidis: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Coop-Hitec Products: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • Lifeplus Wahoo: Wahoo BOLT V2
  • St Michel-Mavic-Auber93: Garmin Edge 830/840, plus one Wahoo BOLT V2

The most notable thing here is we really saw Wahoo ramp up their women’s sponsorships this past year, in total they support 15 Women’s teams (8 WorldTour teams, 6 Pro Teams, and 1 Continental team – however Team Park Hotel isn’t at the TDFF). Plus the men’s side. In the case of the women’s sponsored teams, all of those except Jumbo Visma are using the Wahoo units (Jumbo Visma arrangement just covers regular pedals, the remainder is sponsored by Garmin/Tacx).

With that, here’s the totals for this year’s Tour de France on the women’s side:

Garmin: 7 Teams
Hammerhead: 2 Teams
Wahoo: 14 teams

Again, the usual reminder that these totals are merely a simple representation of how companies decide to spend their marketing dollars on sponsorships. Wahoo has made a clear effort this year and last to increase women’s cycling sponsorships. Garmin and Hammerhead have as well, albeit keep in mind Garmin specifically also sponsors a ton of other female athletes that aren’t WorldTour cyclists (Wahoo does as well, including triathletes). Point being – all three companies above make excellent bike computers. We’ve seen some funky bike computers out on the starting line in the past, but those days are thankfully gone.

As with years past, we’ve seen skins on some of the units, including Wahoo’s, such as this white-jersey holder:

With that, let’s dive into the power meter side.

Power Meters:


We’ve seen great strides in the cycling computer side with ensuring that the women’s cycling teams are on the latest gear, and all with uniform gear. However, nothing compares to the dramatic shift we’ve seen on the power meter side. When I first started covering the women’s teams a few years ago, you’d be lucky if half the riders on a team even had a power meter at all. And outside of Canyon-SRAM, most of the other teams had a hodgepodge of random creations they cobbled together.

Now though, every team is uniform, and all of them on top-quality units. Nobody is riding a 10-year-old hand-me-down single-sided power meter. A few years ago? Definitely the case.

However, perhaps even more interesting on the geekery side is the number of power meter pedals at play here. We saw a few last year, and again all three major power meter pedal brands are represented. It sounds like this is likely a ‘transition’ year, and I suspect we’ll see more women’s teams on them next year.


  • Canyon-SRAM Racing: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • EF Education-TIBCO-SVB: 4iii Precision on FSA cranks
  • FDJ Suez: Shimano R9200P
  • Fenix-Deceuninck: Shimano R9200P
  • Human Powered Health: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • Israel-Premier Tech Roland: FSA PowerBox
  • Lidl Trek: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • Liv Racing TeqFind: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • Movistar Team: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • Team DSM Firmenich: Shimano R9200 but not all with power
  • Team Jayco AlUla: Shimano R9200P
  • Jumbo Visma: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • SD Worx: SRAM RED (Quarq)
  • UAE Team ADQ: Favero Assioma power pedals
  • Uno-X Pro Cycling Team: Shimano R9200P

Continental Teams:

  • AG Insurance – Soudal Quick-Step Team: Garmin Rally power pedals
  • Arkea Women: Some Shimano R9200 but not all with power
  • Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling: FSA PowerBox
  • Cofidis: SRM Origin Carbon Power (Crankset)
  • Coop-Hitec Products: Wahoo POWRLINK ZERO power pedals
  • Lifeplus Wahoo: Wahoo POWRLINK ZERO power pedals
  • St Michel-Mavic-Auber93: Stages LR dual-Sided cranksets

The power meter scene is much more spread out, both compared to the men’s side (where it’s basically just Shimano and SRAM). Here’s where things stand:

4iiii Precision: 1 Team
Favero Assioma: 1 Team
FSA PowerBox: 2 teams
Garmin Rally (Power Pedals): 1 team
Shimano R9200P: 4 teams (plus 2 teams that had a handful of riders)
SRAM RED (Quarq): 7 teams
SRM Crankset: 1 team
Stages Dual-Sided: 1 team
Wahoo POWRLINK Zero (Power Pedals): 2 Teams

Thus in total, we’ve got four power meter pedal-equipped teams. I thought we might see 1-2 more teams there, especially from the Garmin side on Rally. It sounds like Wahoo also have some that might be transitioning next year from pedals to power pedals (many of Wahoo’s sponsorships are for the non-power Speedplay pedals).

With that – here’s a gallery of some of the power meter goodness:

Next up tomorrow is the individual time trial – which should be lots of fun. There we’ll take a look at the trainers, albeit I already got a pretty good look at that from most teams today, because the teams were largely doing short 20-minute warm-ups on their trainers. You can see team Movistar’s Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz’s Garmin Edge 1040 after she finished up her warm-up, 20 minutes long with an average power of 175w.


Depending on her weight, that’s actually a quite notable warm-up. Most of the teams did this warm-up ending about 20-30 minutes before the start of the stage.


But again, plenty more on warm-ups, trainer tech, and much more tomorrow (video included tomorrow as well).


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  1. giorgitd

    Assioma missing in the summary list. Interesting, as usual. Thanks!

  2. That autograph photo is pure magic 👏 🥲 Says so much about the impact TdFF can make.

  3. Thomas

    I guess the success (and the progressing professionalization) of female cycling will lead to less accessibility of the riders as well. That’s how it goes…
    Regarding the sponsored teams, in contrast so male cycling, here it is much more the question WHO you are sponsoring, not how many teams.

  4. Weiwen Ng

    I wonder why two teams have R92000Ps for some but not all riders. I wonder if that’s due to the accuracy issues or Shimano parts shortages or Shimano not giving enough $$?

    • I’m not sure either to be honest. I meant to ask today, but got sidetracked on a slew of other things.

      Generally speaking though, when we see that, it’s because the team isn’t sponsored by Shimano, but rather, has a bike sponsor – and some bikes just happen to have them. For example, Team UAE (men’s side) doesn’t have a power meter sponsor. Instead, they have a bike sponsor, and said bike sponsor just spec’d the drivetrain as-is Shimano. I actually asked about that when I was there.

  5. Bruce Burkhalter

    Did you take the first photo (at the starting line)? I assume so but that is cool you have that kind of access!

  6. Dries Oomen

    No Youtube video on this like last year? Just another way of saying womens cycling is less interesting to bring news on? Or another reason?

    • For fun, let’s recap what I did to cover this year’s women’s Tour de France:

      A) Drove 15 hours south.
      B) Slept in the back of the car arriving at 3:40AM
      C) Got up at 8:30AM, ran around all day Saturday getting a gazillion shots
      D) Edited till around 1AM Sunday morning
      E) Then continued with prep/writing Sunday morning when I woke up
      F) Then ran around for 6 hours on Sunday for the TT stage, including photo and video
      G) Then drove to my next hotel, and edited said video till 2:30AM.
      H) Continued editing and putting together TT post when I woke up, all while trying to balance a slew of other reviews/rides/runs/etc I have to get done for product launches this week.
      I) Now I’m gonna drive 13-15 hours back home, arriving at probably 5-6AM.
      H) I’ll then get up at 9AM to get things done for the next day.

      So no, it’s just your inability to read what I wrote above that a video was coming, just like last year – all while balancing every last minute of the day to make it happen. Hope you enjoy it (it’s published now).

    • Dries Oomen

      Ah I am sorry looking forward to the video.

    • Thomas

      You maybe have to overthink your work-life-balance once again!
      Pretty sure plenty of readers think that you have the best job on earth, but… no!

      PS: Since it’s the TdF Femmes… why didn’t you sent the Girl and spent a nice weekend with the Peanuts?
      PPS: On the other hand, maybe that would have been even more exhausting :-D

    • “Since it’s the TdF Femmes… why didn’t you sent the Girl and spent a nice weekend with the Peanuts?”

      They left for their annual trip back to Canada for a few weeks of grandparent family time. :)

  7. Dries Oomen

    I have a bad feeling about this. Please accept my apologies for being rude. I am a big fan of your website and will show that by applying for DCR supporter. Keep it up.

    • No worries, and apologies for my rather sharp response. And thank you for supporting the site.

      This is one of those sore subjects for me (while operating on very low sleep, high stress to fit a lot of things in), because I try so hard to ensure I cover the women’s side each year. Both in terms of time, but also money. The revenue from the video won’t even cover just one direction of the highway tolls, let alone all the other expenses.

      Of course, I cover plenty of specific things at a loss, and will continue to do so because they are important in various ways (be it for competition against bigger companies, they make better products, or a story needs to be told). In this case, with three daughters, I’m going to lose as much money and sleep as required to try and increase the visibility of the sport. I’m keenly aware that in this particular instance, it takes a lot of entities doing that (not just me, but other publications/sponsors/etc..) to reach critical mass to raise the profile enough so that it catches the wind it needs to flip that tide.

      Likewise, I really enjoy the women’s tour atmosphere. It’s just so much more down-to-earth than the men’s side.

      In any case, I appreciate you being a DCR Supporter now, cheers!

    • Dries O.

      Amen to that!
      Let’s hope the little girl on the first photo (P1099348) will have a lot more opportunities to cycle in a professional team than these athletes on the smart trainer had.

  8. Brian

    I wonder if the pros get accurate, tested versions of the 9200 power meter. And consumers just get the rest that hasn’t been QC’ed

    • For better or worse, not. I’ve talked to pro teams, they’re keenly aware how much it sucks and try to mitigate it as much as possible. One men’s rider at the TdF was using Garmin Rally pedals secretly. I never found out exactly who it was, it’s hard inspecting 180+ bikes quickly. But I’ve heard from many teams over the last year, and it’s a real problem for them.

  9. Rudi

    No Karoo 3 in disguise anywhere? ;)