WorldTour team bikes 2021: The complete list

A peek of what the pros will be racing on in the coming year

The clocks aren’t far off changing and Omloop is just around the corner. After a winter that sometimes felt like it was never going to end, the new season is finally very much underway. Now several races in, this means we can bring you a round-up of which teams will be riding what bikes for the coming year. From Chris Froome on a Factor to Adam Yates on a Pinarello, the only constant is change...

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Canyon-Sram

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Canyon Aeroad, Canyon Ultimate, Canyon Speedmax

It’s hard to say if it’s the Rapha effect, but Canyon-Sram is probably the best turned-out team in the peloton, while also being significantly less try-hard than EF Education.

Home to established powerhouses Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Chloé Dygert, along with the Barnes sisters, their direct-to-consumer Canyon bicycles provoke envy from amateur racers and hatred from bike shop owners in equal measure. Likely to take on most stages above the dangerously sharp looking Aeroad, the more rakish Ultimate CF will do for nipping off into the hills.

Time trials, of which the team has more than a few riders capable of winning, will get covered by the firm’s Speedmax. Replicating both the bikes and kit list of the similarly outfitted Movistar squad, Canyon-Sram definitely has the edge when it comes to their livery.

Photos by Thomas Maheux

Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS

Wheels: Zipp

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Bora-Hansgrohe

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Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized S-Works Shiv

Already sponsoring the mighty SD Worx and Deceuninck-Quick Step teams, Bora-Hansgrohe represent Specialized’s perennial cheeky side-bet.

Having already convinced riders the world over to max-out their credit card on a new extractor hood for their cooker and shower for their bathroom, the influence of Peter Sagan has probably helped shift a few bikes too.

Having formerly been paid a bonus every time he pulled a one-handed wheelie, Specialized will be hoping Sagan might yet still pull off another marketing coup to better the time he won Paris-Roubaix aboard the brand’s portentously-named Roubaix model.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Wheels: Roval

UAE Team Emirates

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Colnago V3rs, Colnago K-One

When Tadej Pogacar nabbed himself the Tour de France on the race’s final time-trial, he also helped Colnago add another win to its extensive collection. Coming after something of a drought for the Italian firm, Ernesto certainly got his money’s worth.

Swapping mid-stage between the firm’s K-One time trial bike and the lighter V3rs, Colnago got a sort of two-for-one deal on exposure. Both lovely looking bikes, some Luddites will also have been as animated to see a rim brake bike winning 2020’s most crucial stage as they will have been by the racing itself.

Often switching to the disc version for training or muckier races, all UAE Team Emirates’ bikes come finished off with equally Italian Campagnolo wheels and Record ESP gruppos.

Groupset: Campagnolo Record ESP

Wheels: Campagnolo

SD Worx


Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Roubaix, Specialized Shiv,

Formerly known as Boels–Dolmans, it’s lucky the mighty SD Worx team has so many national and world champions in its ranks, if only because their jerseys water down the effect of that purple kit.

Weirdly, applied to the squad’s Specialized S-Works bicycles the unusual combo of red black and purple is significantly more appealing. With Specialized recently aeroifying its Tarmac and killing off the Venge, the SD Worx riders will spend the most time aboard this all-rounder allowing them to save the more forgiving Roubaix for bumpier Classics.

With Anna van der Breggen having announced this will be her final year racing, the double World Champion will occupy it by terrorising her rivals aboard a selection of one-off rainbow-painted bikes.

Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS

Wheels: Roval

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope


Lapierre Aircode, Lapierre Xelius, Lapierre Aerostorm

Before we get onto bikes, how cool would it be to be sponsored by a theme park? Even if that theme park had a weird educational bent and instead of rides was based around multimedia cinema shows, and if I remember correctly from my last visit in the 90s, included a soundtrack provided by the Pet Shop Boys?

Pretty cool huh? Not cool like Universal Studios Hollywood, but still good.

Anyway, continuing its dedication to all things French, the FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope team has paired with Dijon-based Lapierre to supply its bikes. While the Aircode would seem an obvious all-around choice, the team also regularly employs the more swoopy and forgiving Xelius. With the Aerostorm doing for time trials, all come decked-out with Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and wheels.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Wheels: Shimano

Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert


Cube Litening, Cube Aerium

How Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert’s kit manages to accommodate so many clashing logotypes and yet still look the business I don’t know.

Its bikes, produced by German firm Cube, also look very nice. A lot of this is down to the Newmen wheels. Pasted with perhaps the nicest of the almost twenty different fonts dotted across rider, bike, and kit, their spinning logos can’t help but make the squad’s riders look fast.

With Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert bringing Cube bikes with it when it levelled-up to WorldTour status this season, 2021 is the first time its machines will have been seen at this level. With the brand’s Litening model likely to do most of the work, the Aerium will get held back for time trials.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Wheels: Newmen

Groupama - FDJ

Lapierre Aircode, Lapierre Xelius, Lapierre Aerostorm

Like its sister-squad, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, the Groupama - FDJ men will be racing on French-designed Lapierre bikes. Having been built with input from the squad, Arnaud Démare spent much of 2020 snapping up wins aboard a disc-equipped Aircode bicycle.

Now reserving the tricolour of red, white, and blue for their kit only, this year the team’s bikes come done-up in matt black, and look far better for it.

The team has recently confirmed Shimano as renewed groupset sponsor, and Shimano will also be providing PRO components and Shimano wheels.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Wheels: Shimano

Cofidis Solutions Crédits


De Rosa Merak, SK Pininfarina, De Rosa TT-03

As I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to discover, it’s not escaped my notice how handsome the Cofidis lot are looking this year. From team kit to personal grooming, the whole shebang is a vast improvement on previous iterations.

Having swapped bikes a few times in recent years, this year they’ve also stuck with De Rosa, which is a good move because De Rosa bikes are also devilishly handsome.

With a pick of either the Merak or SK Pininfarina, I’d always imagined these were too boutique to be high-volume sellers. With retro-futurist looks, red paint, and Campagnolo Record disc groupsets, even if they do nothing but hang themselves out in the break they’ll at least be a pleasure to look at.

Groupset: Campagnolo Record ESP

Wheels: Fulcrum

Lotto-Soudal

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Ridley Helium, Ridley Noah Fast, Ridley Dean TT

Repping gambling, household fixatives and proper bike racing. Belgian team Lotto-Soudal is the oldest cycling team in the world, and perhaps also the coolest. Looking to add more victories to the thousand or so it’s already snatched, this year both its men’s and women’s squads will continue to employ Ridley bicycles.

Almost as aggressive as their pilots, the Flanders-based bikemaker’s slender Helium model will do for the mountains or races where comfort is in high demand. Otherwise, the Noah Fast will come out when speed is of the essence.

Speaking of aggression, we can't help getting excited about the impressive slam of Tim Wellens' stem.

Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Wheels: Campagnolo

Trek-Segafredo

Trek Émonda, Trek Madone (above), Trek Domane, Trek SpeedConcept

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The clue is in the name. Caffeine and bicycle pedalling outfit Trek-Segafredo makes the unsurprising choice to stick with the eponymous Wisconsin-based brand. Listing three possible models alongside the time-trial-specific SpeedConcept, these are the slinky Émonda, versatile Madone, and cobble-capable Domane.

All likely to see rotation as the conditions demand, Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini will head up a very strong women’s roster while Vincenzo Nibali and Giulio Ciccone will aim to give the Tifosi something to cheer on the men's side. For our part, we have to admit to having a little more affinity for the colour of the women's team bikes, such as the women's Emonda below, than the men's.

 

Groupset: SRAM RED eTap AXS

Wheels: Bontrager 

Team Qhubeka Assos

BMC Teammachine SLR01, BMC Timemachine 01

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Team Qhubeka Assos is the rejuvenated face of NTT Pro Cycling Team, and though BMC is unchanged as the bike sponsor, the eagle-eyed will spot some exciting updates.

Firstly, the colourway has switched from a stale black and white to BMC's iconic red and white. Secondly, and more strikingly, British wheel brand Hunt has made the leap to the WorldTour as Qhubeka Assos' official wheel sponsor.

Predictably, Shimano compliments the precise Swiss curves of BMC's Teammachine (and Timemachine for time trial days), but it comes with a touch of colour in the form of CeramicSpeed's oversized jockey wheels, and Rotor's chainset.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Hunt

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Astana-Premier Tech

Wilier Filante SLR, Wilier 0 SLR, Wilier Turbine TT

After many years out of the WorldTour, we were very happy to see Wilier return to the peloton last year as the bike of choice for Astana (now Astana-Premier Tech).

Wilier's new Filante will certainly be the eye-catcher for 2021. With fully integrated cabling and a host of technical wonders, it represents a substantial update from the brand's stalwart racer the Cento10Pro. We're yet to get a glimpse of the Filante in 2021 team colours, though, with the team thus-far just riding a plain black Filante (above). So for now we'll have to satisfy our team bike lust with this Wilier 0 SLR.

We look forward to seeing the Wilier Filante in similar team colours to the 0 SLR (pictured) soon

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Corima

Bahrain Victorious

Merida Reacto, Merida Scultura, Merida Warp TT

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Merida might have been bumped as title sponsor of the vaingloriously-named Bahrain squad but it continues to supply the bicycles. The blade-like Merida Reacto will do for most stages, while the Scultura might get the occasional outing during lumpy or bumpy stages. Time-trial duties will be dealt with by the Warp TT.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Vision Metron

EF Education-Nippo 

Cannondale SuperSix Evo, SystemSix, SuperSlice 

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Jonathan Vaughters and Charly Wegelius’s outfit sticks with Cannondale bikes, no doubt planning to commit further atrocities upon them using neon pink paint and randomly aligned skateboard stickers. Out of the American brand’s bikes, the SystemSix is the most aero, so will get the most use. The Supersix might come out occasionally on bumpy days, while the vicious-looking SuperSlice will aim to cut down the competition in any time-trials. 

Groupset: Shimano

Wheels: Vision

Alé BTC Ljubljana

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Cipollini NK1K, Cipollini NKTT

Alé BTC Ljubljana may have dropped Cipollini from the name, but the bikes that bear the sprinting legend's namesake are still the stalwart of the team. 

With the likes of World Champion Marta Bastianelli powering Cipollini's NK1K to the sharp end of the women's peloton, Alé BTC Ljubljana is giving the Italian brand its best airing in the professional cycling world for years. The NK1K is the do-it-all bike of choice, with aero curves, loud looks, and (we've ridden it, so confirm) a wild character that demands you sprint as fast as you can, all the time. The team's time-trial option, the NKTT does all of that in an even louder, and faster, way.

Decked out in Campagnolo groupsets and wheels, the bikes showcase a long-lost purity to Italian racing brands. 

Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Wheels: Campagnolo, Bora

AG2R Citröen Team

BMC Teammachine SLR01, BMC Timemachine 01

Shop BMC Teammachine SLR01

French outfit AG2R Citröen Team switched from Eddy Merckx Cycles to Swiss maker BMC. This will leave the newly refocused team chasing the Classics aboard the brand’s latest Teammachine SLR01 while tackling any time-trials they might find themselves presented with on the Timemachine 01 (the time trial specific Timemachine that is, not to be confused with the Timemachine Road - which may also get an airing on flatter stages in 2021).

In an unusual twist, the sponsorship arrangement means they'll be riding Campagnolo groupsets, which is a pairing of brand and groupset we haven't seen since the days of Phonak.

Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Wheels: Campagnolo

Team BikeExchange

Bianchi Oltre XR4, Bianchi Specialissima, Bianchi Aquila

Shop Bianchi Oltre OX4

Like a divorcee that’s ready to mingle, the team formerly known as Mitchelton–Scott makes a decisive break by ditching the brand that formerly provided the second half of its name.

Nicking the celeste coloured machines previously employed by Jumbo-Visma, their choice ensures one of the most celebrated bike makers in cycling history remains in the peloton. With Bianchi’s aerodynamic Oltre XR4 likely to do most of the heavy lifting, the Specialissima might come out in the mountains with the Aquila TT saved for going against the clock. 

With a colourway that will likely prove as popular with would-be Bianchi-buyers as the team sponsors, we're big fans of Bianchi's work in the 2021 peloton so far. 

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Shimano, Vision

Israel Start-Up Nation

Factor Ostro VAM, Factor Slick 

Chris Froome not riding a Pinarello? Despite what you might hear from fellow golfers on the links, his success was not actually entirely down to the Italian firm’s pricey bicycles. However, if he does win another Grand Tour, Factor will no doubt suggest its designs had something to do with it.

His weapon of choice is the Ostro Vam, which has superseded both the O2 and the Vista as Factor's flagship bike. He has already set the cycling internet alight with his now infamous bike review where he questioned exactly how much benefit the bike's disc brakes really offered). On one hand, it was a tad negative for the Ostro, but at the same time the most publicity Factor bikes has ever had. So this is a partnership that is already paying dividends.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc with 4iii power meters

Wheels: Black Inc

Jumbo–Visma

Cervelo R5, Cervelo S5, Cervelo P5

Getting its bicycle beneath the most exciting bottom in cycling is something of a coup for Cervelo. Assuming he doesn’t ruin it by hightailing off to Ineos, Wout van Aert should help the Canadian firm shift bikes year-round with his broad-spectrum dominance in the Spring Classics, Grand Tours, and cyclo-cross. Even if he does head elsewhere, the firm which dislodged Bianchi will still have plenty of photo ops courtesy of the most exciting team in the ProTour.

Catching up with rival’s like Movistar, this year Jumbo–Visma has also launched a women’s squad headed up by Marianne Vos. The women's team will also be riding Cervélo bikes and will be enjoying Shimano shifting as component sponsor.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Wheels: Shimano

Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized S-Works Shiv

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When the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 was unveiled last summer, it stunned longtime fans of the brand. Partly because of its impressive curves, but also because it killed off the Specialized Venge. The longtime weapon-of-choice of Cavendish, Sagan and a multitude of Grand Tour and World Champions.

The SL7 seemed well equipped to fill its shoes, with all the lightweight and stiffness benefits of the previous Tarmac, and nearly matching the Venge in aerodynamic terms too. While for time-trials, the S-Works Shiv will no doubt continue to ferry WorldTour riders to world titles and Grand Tour stage victories.

We're yet to see a fresh 2021 colourway for Deceuninck–Quick-Step or Bora-Hansgohe, but we'll keep our eyes peeled. 

Movistar Team

Canyon Ultimate, Canyon Aeroad, Canyon Speedmax

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Movistar sticks with long-term sponsor Canyon. Teased by the men’s and women’s squads last year, the recently redesigned Aeroad road bike will be both outfits’ default choice. Less aggressively slippery, the Ultimate might also get occasional use, while the Speedmax will serve for solo racing and team time trials. 

Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS

Wheels: Zipp

Team DSM

Scott Addict RC, Scott Foil, Scott Plasma 

Formerly known as Team Sunweb, the rebranded DSM will take to the road in new kit and on new bikes. American bicycle behemoth Scott goes from title sponsor of its own outfit to simply providing the machines to support the male and female DSM squads. With the pointy looking Foil for sprint races, the Addict RC will come out in the mountains leaving the brand’s Plasma for time-trials.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc

Wheels: Shimano

Ineos Grenadiers

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OK, so we're yet to see any fancy new 2021 colourways for Ineos Grenadiers' new bikes, but it would be criminal to omit from any list about pro team bikes the cycling royalty that is the Pinarello Dogma. Pinarello is unrivalled in terms of overall Tour de France wins, and the Dogma itself has bagged at least a dozen Grand Tour wins over the past decade.

Early shots of Richie Porte's training suggest that the team will begin riding 2021 on the Pinarello Dogma F12 in the same colourway that was unveiled ahead of the 2020 Tour de France. The bikes come kitted with Shimano, in a spec choice that has changed the DNA of the once Campagnolo-exclusive Pinarello range. The team has also stuck with rim brakes, with no riders using disc-equipped Dogma bikes at the 2020 Tour de France.

There's no division in lightweight and aero in Pinarello's line, with the Dogma covering both bases. So the only other bike you're likely to see the Ineos Grenadiers pedalling will be the Pinarello Bolide TT bike.

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 

Wheels: Shimano and Lightweight