Up close with a Tour de France climbing bike as the race heads to the high mountains
- The Tour de France bikes are among the lightest and fastest road-racing bicycles in the world.
- Each year at the Tour, companies roll out their new bikes to showcase them in front of millions of viewers.
- The US team EF Education First gave Business Insider a close-up look at one of its new SuperSix EVOs, its lightweight climbing bike, the one ridden by the Canadian rider Michael Woods.
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MULHOUSE, France - The Canadian pro cyclist Michael Woods is among the most talked-about riders here at the Tour de France. The 32-year-old climbing specialist is one of the oldest neo-pros the sport has ever seen, and he's making his Tour debut riding in support of Colombia's Rigoberto Uran, the runner-up in 2017 Tour.
Woods was well positioned after the first five stages, riding in or around 10th place overall, and he was among the most active protagonists on stage three. He told Business Insider that he's keen to win a stage before Paris.
Woods' EF Education First team is sponsored by the US-based Cannondale bike manufacturer, and the Tour riders have two road models to choose from, the hyper-aero SystemSix, for the flatter stages, and the lighter SuperSix EVO, the preferred bike for the mountains.
Business Insider got close up with Woods EVO ahead of the first major mountain stage of the Tour, stage six, from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles, with its steep summit finish.