We took advantage of the arrival of the Critérium du Dauphiné at Saint-Alban-Leysse on Saturday 9 June (within riding distance of the Mondial Relay regional warehouse where our parcels leave from everyday) to find out which tyres were used by the big professional teams.
Fact No 1: if you want to see the teams close up, the Critérium du Dauphiné is far better than Tour de France! We recalled the time-trial in Grenoble last year, when the riders went straight from the finishing line to a security area that was cordoned off from the public. Whereas on Saturday morning in Saint-Alban, you could walk around without any trouble just a few yards from the riders and the technical staff!
Fact No 2: forget the tyres, we only saw tubulars! With just two exceptions: a tubeless tyre for FDJ-Bigmat, who ride with a Hutchinson Fusion Road Tubeless, and the Vredestein Fortezza TriComp for Vacansoleil.
AG2R La Mondiale (our neighbours on the Bissy industrial estate!): Michelin Pro Service Course (28″-21mm)
Argos-Shimano: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 25-28″
Continental Competition 27″-22
Cofidis: Vittoria Corsa Evo SC 23-28″
Europcar: Hutchinson. Thomas Voeckler rides on the Pro Tour tyre.
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Vittoria Corsa Evo SC 23-28″
FDJ-Bigmat: Hutchinson Fusion Road Tubeless: the only tyre in the peloton!
Lampre-ISD: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 23-28″
Lotto-Belisol: Continental Competition 27″-22
Movistar: Continental Competition 27″-22
Rabobank: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 23-28″
Radioshack-Nissan: Schwalbe Ultremo HT
Saur-Sojasun: Panaracer Team Saur-Sojasun Special Edition
Saxo Bank: Veloflex (unofficial, logo hidden!)
Sky: Veloflex Carbon
Vacansoleil-DMC: Vredestein Fortezza TriComp 23-28″
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