It’s now customary for the Tour de France jersey winners to ride into Paris on custom-painted machines but, with Tadej Pogačar winning three of the 2020 Tour’s four classifications, that left only two bikes for us to admire on the final stage. Pogačar celebrated his first Tour triumph aboard a yellow Colnago V3Rs, while Sam Bennett marked his victory in the points classification with a green Specialized Tarmac SL7 (and another stage win). Pogačar produced a remarkable performance to overturn a 57-second deficit on the stage 20 time trial and displace Primož Roglič as race leader, winning the best young rider and King of the Mountains classifications in the process. Irishman Bennett started the final stage safe in the knowledge that he had won the green jersey and duly confirmed his status at the Tour’s stand-out fast man by winning the sprint on the Champs-Élysées. Tadej Pogačar and Sam Bennett rode into Paris on custom-painted bikes for the final stage of the 2020 Tour de France. Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images Pogačar, the youngest Tour winner since 1904, rode a yellow Colnago for the crowning stage – the first time a bike from the storied Italian brand has officially been ridden to Tour de France glory. Early frames designed and built by Ernesto Colnago were used by riders (including five-time champion Eddy Merckx) under different brand names, but this is the first time a rider has crossed the Paris finish line in the yellow jersey on a bike adorned with the Colnago logo. The V3Rs is Colnago’s lightweight-aero all-rounder. Michael Steele/Getty Images Yellow from head-to-toe for the 2020 Tour de France champion. Marco Bertorello/Getty Images Rim brakes for Tadej Pogačar’s Colnago – the first official Tour de France win for the Italian brand. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Primož Roglič (right) wore the yellow jersey from stage nine but was displaced by Pogačar after the mountain time trial on stage 20. Tim de Waele/Getty Images The V3Rs is Colnago’s all-round race bike – and yes, Pogačar’s bike has rim brakes, although a disc-ready V3Rs is also available and was used by the Slovenian’s team-mate, Alexander Kristoff, when we won stage one. The successor to the V2R was launched in 2019 and has a 790g claimed frame weight, semi-aero tube profiles and clearance for 30mm tyres. Pogačar’s bike was equipped with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed groupset throughout the race, making this an all-Italian affair, and was shod with 60mm-deep Campagnolo Bora WTO wheels for the fast run-in to Paris. Pogačar also received the maillot jaune treatment from head to toe, including his MET Trenta helmet, DMT KR1 shoes and Scicon Aeroshade sunglasses. Together we win Bennett’s rode this custom Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL7 on the final stage. Wout Beel Bennett, meanwhile, secured overall victory in the points classification on stage 19 after a dogged fight with seven-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan throughout the race. Sagan eventually finished second behind Bennett on the final stage, with the Irishman securing a comfortable win to double-up on his stage ten victory, and in the final points classification. The Specialized Tarmac SL7 was launched ahead of the Tour de France. @cyclingimages The SL7 replaces both the SL6 and the Venge, Specialized’s dedicated aero bike. @cyclingimages Bennett’s custom-painted frame displays a message of unity. @cyclingimages Aero features for the new SL7. @cyclingimages Bennett may have won two stages and the green jersey at the Tour but his success was backed by a group effort from the Deceuninck-QuickStep team, shepherding the 29-year-old in bunch sprints and tactically nullifying Sagan’s efforts to hover up intermediate sprint points. With that in mind, Bennett’s custom-painted Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL7 reads “Together we win”, although Specialized designer Kayla Clarot says the frame’s finish has a far greater meaning. Deceuninck-QuickStep mechanics prepared Bennett’s bike ahead of the final stage. Wout Beel Bennett duelled with Peter Sagan, also riding the Tarmac SL7, throughout the race to claim the green jersey. Wout Beel Green handlebar tape, of course. Wout Beel Bennett won stages 10 and 21 en-route to claiming the green jersey. Wout Beel Admiring the details. Wout Beel A job well done. Wout Beel “We wanted this bike to pull in more than just the single jersey colour to exemplify that it’s never just one colour or one human that makes change or helps a person be victorious,” said Clarot. “The frame’s intent was to convey a sense of peaceful energy and feel like a breath of fresh air. It’s a moment of celebration and we did it together.” Bennett sealed his Tour de France campaign with victory on the Champs-Élysées. CorVos/SWPix.com The Tarmac SL7 was launched ahead of the Tour de France as a replacement for both the existing SL6 and the Venge aero bike. The flagship S-Works frame has a claimed weight of 800g and incorporates some of the aero features previously found on the now-discontinued Venge, including sculpted tube profiles and sleek, dropped seatstays. Bennett’s bike has a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset but otherwise Specialized provides the finishing kit and tyres, as well as wheels from sub-brand Roval.
Our personal vision is clear: we want to get more people on bikes and with that, make positive change in society – for more fun, safety, fitness, quality of life and good times. In the second part of our New Generation series, we take a closer look at off-road cargo bikes, eSUVs, connectivity and software solutions as well as eMTBs for kids. In part 1 of the series, we presented our E-MOUNTAINBIKE Theory of Evolution, which provides context for several articles in this second part, as well as offering new perspectives and broadening horizons. You can find it in issue #021, which you can download, just like the latest release, through our app. In addition, we have a group test of four exciting E-trekking hardtails and tell you more about for whom a trekking ebike might be a suitable alternative to an eMTB. Do you know how to crash and avoid getting injured? Which innovations, trends or developments exist to protect your eMTB against theft? For all those who want to get out on the trails, our individual reviews of the SCOTT Genius eRide 900 Tuned and FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE 2021 could be of interest. The highlights of this issue Four exciting E-trekking hardtails on test eSUVs – eMTBs as the new status symbol The potential of off-road cargo bikes Theft protection 2.0 – Connectivity for your ebike How to crash You can download the new issue now in our magazine app, as usual, completely free! If you don’t have our app yet, you can download it for free in the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Play Store (Android smartphones and tablets). Our free, digital magazine is the centrepiece of our work and the most exciting way to experience our articles. With lots of interactive features, high-resolution photos and videos and a unique design, we’re sure that if you already like our website, you’ll love our app. By the way: you can also find all our previous E-MOUNTAINBIKE issues in the app too. Lots to read then! If you’re looking for even more to get your teeth into, we can only recommend our recently released, over 250 page thick Annual Print Edition. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to know, including buying advice, tests and reviews of 35 bikes as well as several exclusive stories like our big motor test, that is only available to read in the Print Edition. The bikes in this issue Ben-E-Bike TWENTYFOUR-SIX E-POWER FS | Canyon Pathlite:ON 8.0 | CENTURION Backfire Fit E R811i DualBatt EQ | FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE| Haibike FLYON XDURO AllMtn 10.0 | Kalkhoff Entice 7.B Excite | NICOLAI G1 EBOXX E14 | Riese & Müller Load 60 Rohloff | Riese & Müller Supercharger2 GT Touring GX | Riese & Müller Superdelite GT Touring GX | SCOTT Genius eRIDE 900 Tuned | Urban Arrow Family Performance CX Disc ZEE 500 W | Woom UP 6 What can you discover in this issue? Are you looking for an easy-going bike for long, relaxed rides, off-road commuting or a pack mule for everyday life that doesn’t shy away from unpaved paths? Then a modern trekking ebike could be just the thing! We tested four of the hottest E-trekking hardtails of 2020 and tell you what to look for. Separation hurts. But sometimes, it can also be refreshing, even needed. It’s for the best, they say. When editor-in-chief of E-MOUNTAINBIKE, Robin, handed over the keys of his beloved Jeep in return for a rather special cargo bike, it was the beginning of a new chapter. Here’s his story of the Riese & Müller Load 60 Rohloff. Big, brash, extravagant and controversial. SUVs are a common sight in big cities and wealthy suburbs. Lending a sense of superiority, safety and prestige to their owners, all-terrain 4x4s have been domesticated by urban dwellers. Is the same happening to eMTBs? ‘SH¡T… where’s my bike?” Let’s be honest, bike theft is still a major issue. But how can you prevent your two-wheeled darling from disappearing and, in the worst-case scenario, what can you actively do to get it back given the current (and utterly ridiculous) clearance rate of 10% for thefts? Moreover, in the event of an accident, who calls for help if you’re knocked unconscious? Boom! You’re a parent, well there’s a little more to it than that, but you know what we mean. It’s not easy transitioning from carefree adventurers, with all the time in the world, to sleep-deprived baggage handlers who need at least two hours notice just to leave the house. We tell ourselves that we won’t lose track of the things we used to love, but it’s easy to slip into the ebb and flow of family life. Being a parent is tough, being a cycling parent is even tougher. Crashes are part and parcel of riding. It’s a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’. However, with the right knowledge and practice, you can drastically reduce the chances of injury. This guide will give you the knowledge you need to make your next crash safer. And who knows, it might end up looking hella cool on video too… The 2020 FOCUS JAM² NINE already convinced us with its great handling, but it had a few weaknesses regarding its spec. Focus promise to have addressed this, presenting their latest eMTB with a new, proprietary C.I.S. stem and sensible componentry. Can the JAM² 6.9 NINE deliver? If you have already installed our free app, simply open it and download the latest issue right now. If not, first download the free app from the App Store (iPhone / iPad) or the Play Store (Android smartphones & tablets) and then download the latest issue in the app. All you’ve got to do then is sit back and enjoy (ideally with a cold beer or a delicious cup of coffee)! #qualitytime Der Beitrag Out now! E-MOUNTAINBIKE Issue #022 – Visions of a better future erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.