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Were titanium road bikes ridden in the Tour de France?

According to this page, Luis Ocana won the tour on a Ti bike; Lance Armstrong (attach all necessary asterisks to his name) rode a Ti time-trial bike in 1999. It looks like Lotto raced on Litespeed Ti ...
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Do teams change gearing depending on the Tour De France stage?

Pros can and do change gearing for any reason they want to - terrain, rain, wind, phase of the moon. It wouldn't even surprise me if they change gears based on inputs from doctors/sports ...
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Do teams change gearing depending on the Tour De France stage?

Yes, they have choice. All three component groups you mentioned have a range of different chainring and cassette options and nothing in the rules prevents using components from a different ...
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Were titanium road bikes ridden in the Tour de France?

Yes. In 1991 the "Z" Team lead by Greg LeMond, rode Merlin Ti bikes. In 1991, a year after winning his third Tour de France, Greg LeMond’s Z Team came back to the race on prototypes of the ...
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Were titanium road bikes ridden in the Tour de France?

The question has already been answered, but this is why I think titanium never really made it into the Tour. Ti frames are either a bit lighter or similar weight to steel bikes. They were also tricky ...
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Why can't Yellow Jersey change hands on last day of Tour De France?

To provide a newer 'exception' than 1989, the 2024 Tour is planned to end with an Individual Time Trial, in Nice (not Paris, because Paris will be busy hosting the Olympics). So the final yellow ...
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Were titanium road bikes ridden in the Tour de France?

Gewiss Playbus, Bianchi Ti Mega Tube Gewiss - Playbus was a team that rode in the 1996 TdF. 17 of the riders were Italian. BERTOLETTI Simone BERZIN Evgeni (Russia) BOBRIK Vladislav (Russia) ...
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