Team Sky’s Chris Froome claimed the overall general classification (GC) title on Dura-Ace shifting components, brakes, wheels and pedals, plus PRO Stealth integrated handlebar-stem combination and PRO bar tape, putting in a masterclass display to defend the yellow jersey for 14 of the Tour’s 21 stages, achieving his fourth GC victory in five years.
Meanwhile Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews and Warren Barguil, and Simon Yates of Orica-Scott won the Sprint, Mountain and Young Rider classifications, claiming green, polka-dot and white jerseys respectively, using Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 series components with the groupset’s versatile range of gear combinations to provide a supreme level of shifting performance for all situations encountered during the world’s most famous bike race.
One of the most prolific riders on the flat this year was Quickstep Floor’s Marcel Kittel who achieved five victories including the first on Shimano’s Dura-Ace R9170 hydraulic disc brakes.
Marcel Kittel, Quick-Step Floors: “Disc brakes are a great step forward in the technology developments that we have ahead of us. Especially in the wet, it helps riders brake better.”
Meanwhile in the mountains Barguil wrapped up the mountain points competition using Shimano’s FC-9100-P power meter.