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Italian bicycle company Pinarello has used 3D printed cockpits on some of its latest bikes. The titanium 3D printed components were used by riders Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas during the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The 2017 Tour de France, which began on July 1 and wraps up this Sunday, July 23, has been punctuated by a few major events.
Slovak - World - Champion - Peter - Sagan
Slovak world champion Peter Sagan was disqualified after knocking British rider Mark Cavendish off his bike, Austalian Richie Porte suffered a sickening crash on a descent, and favorite Chris Froome of Great Britain is currently being pushed hard by Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru, and several other riders.
Way back at the start of the Tour, however, the cyclists were actually in Germany, with the first stage taking the riders on an individual time trial around Dusseldorf. Excitingly for us, the stage provided a special treat for additive manufacturing aficionados.
Opening - Stage - Jersey - Wearer - Froome
During the opening stage, yellow jersey wearer Froome and fellow Brit Geraint Thomas sported special 3D printed bike parts on their Pinarello bikes. Thomas went on to win the stage, with Froome coming in sixth.
Versions of the titanium 3D printed cockpits were also used by Spaniard Mikel Landa and Colombian Sergio Henao.
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