On the final day in the Pyrenees, Simon Yates asserted himself as one of the best climbers of the 2019 Tour de France. In a stage that gifted cycling fans one of the most unpredictable and uncontrolled mountain stages we've seen in recent Grand Tours, Chris Froome's Stage 19 antics in last year's Giro aside, Yates ditched the remnants of a large breakaway and struck out alone towards the summit of the Foix Prat d'Albis. As he soldered on towards the summit, a fantastic battle was unfolding behind him among the General Classification contenders. But Yates would have had little knowledge of what was happening behind him, nor would it have concerned his as he was powering towards an emphatic victory in a Tour de France that's seen the “other” Yates brother emerge as the star of the Mitchelton-Scott team.
Yates won Stage 15 on his new Scott Addict RC, the newest road racing bike from Scott. The previous Addict was a few years old and looking dated as the road bike world turns aero, so the new Addict RC, released just in time for the 2019 Tour de France, features loads of new aero details. Although there are exposed cables on the bike you’ll see on Scott’s website, the team version uses a fully integrated cockpit with an aero bar/stem and a D-shaped seat post.
The new addict is also disc-only; 160mm front and rear rotors provide dependable stopping power. The bottom bracket is oversized for lateral stiffness and the dropped stays also signal a timely revision; dropped stays tend to provide an aero benefit, more compliance, or both. The Mitchelton-Scott team runs Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrains and Dura-Ace carbon fiber wheels. By contrast, the commercially available Addict RC Disc Premium has DT Swiss wheels, a non-integrated cockpit, and a few other discrepancies from the race bike, but weighs a (barely) Grand Tour-legal 15.1 pounds.
If you're ready to jump on the Simon Yates and Mitchelton-Scott bandwagon, here is where you can get your hands on some of the gear that was used en route to victory on Stage 15.
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