Specialized Tarmac SL4 custom painted for Sylvain Chavanel

34th birthday present colour matches his Chevy Camaro

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) celebrates his 34th birthday today, at the 2013 Tour de France, and Specialized have run him up an eye-catching Tarmac SL4 as a present.

The bike – which has been kept under wraps until today’s 156km stage from Bastia to Ajaccio – takes its flouro orange hue from the French former national road race champion’s American muscle car, a Chevrolet Camaro. On the top tube and inside the seatstays, a bike parts motif has been incorporated into the design.

The special edition bike is part of a Specialized programme celebrating some of the top pro riders who have a strong association with the American company, including Chavanel’s teammate Mark Cavendish’s custom Venge and a new bike for Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank).

A limited run of just 50 the Chavanel special will be released later this month but only in France. Prices are to be announced.

Video: Sylvain Chavanel's Specialized Tarmac SL4

It’s not the first time Chavanel has ridden bike with a striking paint job at the Tour. Early in the 2010 race he rode a yellow-and-green Eddy Merckx to celebrate a short but simultaneous tenure in the two jersey colours.      

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