Valentin Ferron of France and Team Total Energies (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
As Valentin Ferron sat down for his press conference as stage winner at the Critérium du Dauphiné , he was asked about his emotions and his late attack, but also repeatedly about his bike.
Cofidis’ Victor Lafay, a companion from the breakaway that went all the way to Gap on Friday, had suggested he was racing against riders on faster bikes, sparking a debate about aero bikes and who has the best equipment in the peloton.
“When we were going downhill and when we had a tailwind, we had trouble staying in the wheels of the three riders who had aero bikes,” Lafay was quoted as saying by the Sud Ouest newspaper.
“We put our heads down as much as possible to take less wind,” he added.
Ferron was riding a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, the flagship race bike of the US brand that started supplying Ferron’s TotalEnergies team on the back of Peter Sagan’s arrival for 2022.
Specialized used to produce a dedicated aero bike, the Venge, but it was discontinued as they looked to pack its aero features into the Tarmac and create a one do-it-all bike.Lafay was also reportedly referring to Andrea Bagioli (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) and Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) as the ‘aero trio’, leaving himself Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën) as the ones having to try and keep up.Bagioli, whose QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team are also sponsored by Specialized, was on the same model of bike, although it […]