Like smart trainers, bike computers and power meters are theoretically fully sponsored by almost every team. However, in reality, that doesn’t mean that’s exactly what the riders are used to – something that has come true this year in both categories.
In the video above I check the teams to see what they actually use on race day, despite what their sponsorships say. In addition, I talked to some riders and staff on the road. Oh, and there are washing machines. More than that, it’s a fun look behind the scenes of the madness that is the start of a stage of the Tour de France and the rush to get everyone to the starting line.
However, if you’re just looking for stats, here they are!
Tour de France 2022 Power Meter:
As one can see, Shimano dominates here, but that’s because Shimano sponsors most teams for their drivetrains. It’s a very simple formula, and Shimano threw the most money into it. It’s not clear to me why all the teams don’t have the newer R9200 series verses the older R9100 Dura-Ace cranksets. The older R9100P is known to be inaccurate, the jury is out on the R9200P (Had one for testing and put it through its paces – full review soon).
AG2R Citroen Team: Power2Max OF
Alpecin-Deceuninck: Shimano R9200P
Archaea-Samsic: Shimano R9100P
Astana Qazaqstan: Shimano R9100P
Victorious in Bahrain: Shimano R9200P
B&B Hotels–KTM: FSA PowerBox
BikeExchange–Jayco: Shimano R9100P
Best-Hansgrohe: Shimano R9100P
You trust: SRM PM7
DSM: Shimano R9100P
EF Education–EasyPost: Power2Max OF
Groupama-FDJ: Shimano R9200P
Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Materials: Shimano R9100P
Ineos Grenadiers: Shimano R9100P
Israel–Premier Tech: ROTOR INSpider
Jumbo-Visma: Shimano R9100P
Lotto–Soudal: 4iii Precision & Shimano R9200P
Movistar Team: SRAM AXS
Easy Step Alpha Vinyl: Shimano R9200P
TotalEnergies-Cyclists: Shimano R9100P
Trek–Segafredo: SRAM Quarq AXS
UAE Team Emirates: SRM PM7
An unusual quirk above is Lotto-Soudal. This is a 4iiii sponsored team, and has 4iiii equipped bikes. However, when push came to shove, as the riders headed, they had Shimano R9200P units on some of their bikes. Strange.
Tour de France 2022 Bike GPS/Computers:
For this, I pointed out 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, does not have an official Garmin sponsorship of the team, they use it alone. Within this, riders are generally allowed to choose which head unit they want from that brand’s portfolio. In Garmin’s case, most riders chose the Edge 830, but some opted for the newer Edge 1040 Solar.
AG2R Citroen Team (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
Alpecin–Deceuninck (W): Garmin Edge 830
Arkéa–Samsic (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
Astana Kazakhstan (G): Garmin Edge 830
Victorious in Bahrain: Garmin Edge 830
B&B Hotels–KTM (G): Garmin Edge 830
BikeExchange–Jayco (G): Garmin Edge 830
Bora – Hansgrohe (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
Cofidis (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
DSM (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
EF Education–EasyPost (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
Groupama–FDJ (G): Garmin Edge 830 + Edge 1030 Plus
Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Materials (B): Bryton Rider S800
Ineos Grenadiers (G): Edge 830, Edge 1040 Solar
Israel–Premier Tech (H): Hammerhead Karoo 2 and Garmin Edge 530
Jumbo–Visma (G): Garmin Edge 830 and Edge 130 Plus
Lotto–Soudal (G): Garmin Edge 830 and Edge 1030 Plus
Movistar Team (G): Garmin Edge 830 and Edge 1040 Solar
Easy Step Alpha Vinyl (G): Garmin Edge 830 and Edge 1040 Solar
TotalEnergies-Cyclists (G): Garmin Edge 830
Trek–Segafredo (W): Wahoo BOLT V2
UAE Team Emirates (S): SRM PC8
Perhaps the most famous Garmin Edge related news was when I asked one of the Quick-Step riders in the video why he chose the Edge 1040 Solar, and he had a surprisingly thoughtful answer. For the most part, many of the riders just use what is given to them. But this man stopped short of his answer. Impressive.
With that, I’m going out to the women’s race now, checking out their gear. I’m very interested to see how that shakes out, compared to previous years.
Thanks for reading!