Historic first: A double-disc Tour de France time trial bike

    Fact: Alberto Bettiol made Tour history on Saturday, racing disc brakes with his Cannondale Pro Super Slice. CyclingNews gives you an in-depth look at the bike Bettiol used for his Tour de France debut. This story includes a 19-image gallery that lets you get up close and personal with Bettiol’s bike.

    Alberto Bettiol didn’t win the opening time trial of the Tour de France, but he made history as the first rider to race a Tour time trial on disc brakes with his Cannondale Super Slice.

    Bettiol’s Cannondale-Drapac squad debuted the Super Slice in professional racing at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year.

    While hydraulic systems are the standard for top-end disc braking for road and mountain bikes, Cannondale’s Super Slice bikes use mechanical discs. The reason is fairly straightforward, Cannondale-Drapac mechanics say: Shimano does not yet make a hydraulic lever for TT bikes.

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