Alberto Contador's final Tarmac at the Tour?

Shrink-wrapped cables, and double tape every day

Alberto Contador climbed off his Specialized S-Works Tarmac for what could be the final time at the Tour de France, as he abandoned the 2016 race Sunday.

Contador will allegedly switch teams near season from the Specialized-sponsored Tinkoff to Trek-Segafredo, and is expected to sign a contract on Monday, the first rest day of the Tour de France, Cyclingnews reports.

No, it's not chrome, but it's nearly as reflective
No, it's not chrome, but it's nearly as reflective

Contador won the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Tours de France, although he was later disqualified from the 2010 title for a doping charge.

This year, BikeRadar took a look at Contador's Tarmac, which has a few custom touches.

The Spaniard prefers mechanical shifting to electronic and uses double bar tape all the time (some riders use it only for the cobbles). Contador's mechanic installs Alligator cables to save weight, and uses sections of shrink wrap keep the cables from rattling. 

Contador uses Alligatorlink cables and housing to save weight, and his mechanic shrink wraps some sections to prevent rattling
Contador uses Alligatorlink cables and housing to save weight, and his mechanic shrink wraps some sections to prevent rattling

Contador also has a custom saddle from Prologo that celebrates his past victories. Tinkoff plans to sell 50 of the limited edition saddles on its e-commerce site.

Click through the gallery above for a close look at what may well be the final Tarmac Contador rode in the Tour de France. 

Prologo made custom saddles for Contador, and Tinkoff said they will sell 50 limited-edition models on their website
Prologo made custom saddles for Contador, and Tinkoff said they will sell 50 limited-edition models on their website

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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