The pedals are one of the most important parts of the racing bike. They must transfer the rider’s power efficiently and reliably.
Only three brands and models of pedals equip the 176 bikes on Tour de France. Which pedals on Tour de France 2022?
Twenty-Two Teams for three Pedals
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Whenever referring to the pro peloton on the Tour, it is referring to the eighteen teams of the UCI World Tour and four teams among the seventeen Continental UCI Pro Tour teams.
On this year’s Tour, the invited ProTour teams are Alpecin-Deceuninck, Arkea-Samsic, Total-Energies, and B&B Hotels-KTM.
Thirteen teams are using the Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals, eight teams are with Look Keo pedals, and one team with the Wahoo Speedplay Zero.
Of the twenty-two teams, 59% are on Shimano, 36% are on Look, and the remaining 5% are using the Wahoo Speedplay pedals.
The three teams racing of Campagnolo groupset are using the Look pedals, using the Shimano would be a sacrilege.
But why not use Campagnolo Record pedals you might ask? Unfortunately, Campagnolo stopped producing pedals a few years ago.
The two teams on the SRAM groupset are using the Shimano Dura-Ace pedals but with SRAM’s purchase of TIME pedals earlier this year this is likely to be the last Tour de France mismatch for the SRAM teams. Note, the Trek women pro team riding the SRAM groupset is already using the Time pedals.
Which pedals on Tour de France 2022?
The 13 Pro teams using the Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals (PD-R9100):
The eight teams racing with the LooK Keo Blade Carbon Ti Ceramic and Keo2 Max Carbon pedals on the Tour this year:
The only team is racing with the Wahoo Speedplay Zero pedals.
It is interesting to note that among the three brands of pedals used on the Tour de France, only the Look Keo are spinning on ceramic bearings and titanium axles.
The Shimano and Wahoo Speedplay pedals have steel ball bearings and Chromoly and stainless steel axles.
With only three brands, the variety of pedals on the Tour de France is limited.
The budget required to be able to sponsor a pro team competing in the Tour de France is so big that it makes it difficult for any new player to enter the market.
With SRAM’s purchase of Time pedals, we might see the French pedals appearing on the Tour de France 2023 on the Trek men’s team.
Despite the limited brands and models of pedals on the Tour de France, the shoe models the pros are using are wide and varied. I will write about it in another post.