FDJ Team Spotted Using Shimano’s Prototype Power Meter at the Tour de France


French team’s coach Grappe claims “The final product will be even better.”

According to sources, several Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) riders will use Shimano’s all-new power meter, which was released as part of the new Dura Ace groupset.

According to Cyclingnews, they have spotted four FDJ riders using Lapierre bikes equipped with the power meter during their final tests in preparation for this year’s Tour de France.

Interestingly, the team’s leader, Thibaut Pinot, wasn’t using Shimano’s power meter. According to the French team, FDJ is sponsored by Schoberer Rad Messtechnik this season, and they are avoiding any risks with Pinot’s bike during the most prestigious cycling event this year.

Pinot will be using an SRM power meter, and have been seen using both a Garmin and SRM head unit.


Final Prototype

The Shimano power meters used by the FDJ riders appeared to be a final prototype version, without the Shimano logo on them.

“Ten riders in the FDJ team have been testing the Shimano power meter since August last year. We did a lot of work with the Shimano engineers. At the beginning it was a real prototype but now the system and the data is very reliable and valuable. The response to the environmental and weather conditions is also good,” said the French team’s director of performance Fred Grappe.

“It’s been interesting to work with Shimano and bring together the Shimano engineers, the FDJ riders and the FSJ performance staff. We’ve all learnt from each other. We now have a special relationship. We’ve used their bike fit system for more than a year. The bike fitting system was built before the power meter but the technology is the same. We’re using a final prototype but the final product will be even better.”