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Tour de France bikes: Patrick Konrad’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Having already won one Grand Tour in 2022, Bora-Hansgrohe have a very strong squad at the Tour and Patrick Konrad is hunting stages

It’s an underrated art in pro cycling for a climber to recognise their GC shortcomings and switch their focus to stage wins. Patrick Konrad had achieved strong stage race placings in the past but, having changed his goals, truly shone for the first time in 2021 with a stage win at the Tour de France.

In 2022, he’s back for more, with plenty of huge mountain stages calling out for a strong climber to win from the break, and a stacked Bora-Hansgrohe team with no real shot at yellow after Aleksandr Vlasov lost time in week one.

Konrad and his teammates have an elite new kit for the Tour but will be racing on the same Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 bikes. Boring right? Wrong.

A five-star steed on release in 2020, the SL7 has won a ridiculous number of races and will continue to do so.

Konrad’s is kitted out with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset with a K-Edge chain catcher, as well as Roval’s Rapide CLX tubeless wheels and suspiciously unmarked S-Works tyres.

Bora–Hansgrohe is one of the lucky teams that’s riding full groupsets – many are still mixing 11-speed R9100 cranks with 12-speed R9200. 

Konrad’s setup is pretty standard save for the addition of satellite shifters on the underside of the bar either side of the stem, placed for thumb shifting on long climbs, we imagine. 

With Shimano component brand Pro supplying the bar and stem, the headset spacer arrangement isn’t as elegant as that of a stock SL7, but it’s far from the worst we’ve seen. 

Keep scrolling for every glorious detail captured at the Grand Départ in Denmark.

Patrick Konrad’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 spec

Frameset Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
Levers Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Rear derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Front derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Crankset Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 power meter 54/40
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace R9200, 11-30
Chain Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Wheels Roval Rapide SLX
Tyres Specialized unknown***
Bar Pro Vibe, 40cm
Stem Pro Vibe, 110mm
Seatpost S-Works
Saddle Specialized S-Works Power Arc
Pedals Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Accessories K-Edge chain catcher
Rider height 1.8m
Rider weight (approx) 65kg
Complete bike weight 7.1kg
Saddle height: BB to saddle (c-t) 75.5cm
Tip of saddle to middle of bar 57.5cm

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Photos: Matthew Loveridge