Riccardo Riccò's custom-painted Scott Addict

A quick peek at the Italian Cobra's machine

Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) racked up his second stage win of this year's Giro d'Italia with a hard charge to the line in stage eight ahead of current world champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step).

Riccò's Scott Addict was similar to his usual team-issued machine with its ultralight carbon frame, integrated seatpost, SRAM Red group and Mavic wheels but the team fitted the young Italian sensation with a custom paintjob just for the Giro.

The custom paint treatment has now become somewhat of a tradition with the team which had similarly outfitted former teammates Iban Mayo and David Millar in the past. This time around, Riccò's frame was sprayed with a white front half and black rear and emblazoned with images of a menacing red-eyed striking viper and block-lettered 'COBRA' in honour of his nickname. The stunning finish obviously doesn't offer any performance benefits but it certainly looks good which never hurts.

"It's fun to do these special bikes for the best guys on the team," said Saunier Duval-Prodir equipment manager Hermann Pacal in a recent press release. "It gives the leader a sense of confidence to have these special models and strengthens the spirit of the team. We are happy to have the opportunity to do this with Riccò, and happy to see two stage wins already."

With nine stages down and still a dozen to go (including the final week's torrent of climbs), Riccò still has plenty of opportunity to see what else he can do on his custom rig. He currently sits in seventh in the general classification, 7' 33" down from Quick Step's Giovanni Visconti. 

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
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