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Bike Check: Thomas Voeckler’s Colnago C59

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published July 20, 2011

Anyone who has followed this year’s Tour (and who hasn’t) can’t help by fail to be impressed by Thomas Voeckler. The Frenchman has held on to the maillot jaune with impressive resolve and is now a real shout for the podium. But what does he ride? We checked out his custom Colnago C59 to see keeps the Frenchman at the business end of the field.

Written By: Caley Fretz
Within minutes of the conclusion of stage 9, where Thomas Voeckler came across the line seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez to claim the third yellow jersey of this year’s Tour, a second race was just beginning in Cambiago, Italy. Europcar bike sponsor Colnago had just a day to outfit its new champion with a frame befitting the occasion: all yellow, with le coq gaullois (the Gallic rooster, an unofficial national symbol of France) painted proudly on the seat tube.

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Thomas Voeckler's Colnago

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Thomas Voeckler's custom built and painted Colnago C59, ready to roll into the Alps. Photo: Caley Fretz

Colnago won that race, building and painting Voeckler’s C59 frame during the rest day before driving it to his team hotel in Aurillac (over 800 kilometers) for the stage 10 start.

Along with the one-off paint job, Voeckler prefers custom geometry on his C59. His mechanic explained that the frame is a 50cm with sloping geometry but is built with a 1cm longer top tube than normal — 54cm instead of 53.

Build is the Europcar standard, but with a few yellow flourishes. The FSA Plasma integrated bar/stem has yellow accents, his Prologo saddle gets a yellow wing, and his Elite bottle cage is yellow. Voeckler rides with only one bottle cage, preferring to take more frequent feeds rather than hold an extra bottle. The drivetrain is Campagnolo Super Record, and Voeckler prefers Campagnolo’s shallow Hyperon Ultra Two climbing wheelset for most stages.

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.