This versatile road bike tyre features Continental's renowned Black Chili compound that provides a crucial balance of grip, rolling resistance and longevity. Coming equipped with Vectran Breaker puncture protection, this model also uses its enormous tear resistance to give you superior protection from cuts and punctures. Part of a special limited edition series, this Tour de France tyre is limited to only 3460 pieces, which is the exact number of kilometres cycled on the 2020 tour. Weighing in at approximately 280g, this is the ultimate choice of upgrade for riders who want reliable performance without any unnecessary weight. Technologies: Black Chili Compound: The crucial balance. The rolling properties of the rubber compound of a tyre are primarily determined by three interacting factors – stiction [grip], rolling resistance and mileage [longevity] . The dilemma: If you improve any of these factors it can have a detrimental effect on at least one of the others. A tyre with maximum grip wears quicker and rolls more slowly. If you then make a tyre roll faster and more durable, grip, in turn, is reduced. With our BlackChili Compound, a tread compound which is always based on the latest knowledge of polymers and raw material research, we have supplied the cycling industry with an enduring solution. Depending on the application of a tyre, we adjust the compound formulation for the specific discipline – for road or mountain biking, time trialling or downhill racing. How does that work? For BlackChili, we refine special synthetic rubbers with proven natural rubber to high-performance tread mixtures. To these mixtures we then add soot particles, which in turn are optimised in shape and surface properties. The complex compound technology is so sensitive that tyres with BlackChili Compound are produced exclusively in our German Korbach plant. Vectran Breaker: Vectran is a synthetically manufactured high-tech fibre from a natural model. Vectran has an enormous tear resistance at a very low weight: Exactly the right properties to process into a premium Continental bicycle tyre, such as the Grand Prix 5000 as a puncture protection insert. A Vectran Breaker is lighter, more flexible and protects more effectively against cuts than the comparable nylon breaker. Vectran Breaker does not adversely affect the rolling resistance.