Alberto Contador’s custom-painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac

Eye-catching silver frame with mechanical Dura-Ace

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Specialized has provided Alberto Contador with a custom-painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac for the Criterium du Dauphine, which the Tinkoff rider piloted to victory in the 3.9km uphill Les Gets time trial.

Contador, who has ridden several custom Specialized’s bikes in his career, started the season on Tinkoff’s team-issue grey and fluo Tarmacs but looks set to ride his new predominately silver bike for the Dauphine and Tour de France next month.

The eye-catching silver frame features a black rear triangle and fork with splashes of yellow, red and pink to recognise his wins in all three Grand Tours while Specialized is written in fluo yellow with ‘S-Works’ and ‘Tarmac’ in black. The fluo yellow theme is repeated up front with an SRM unit and splashes of colour on both the stem and handlebars and while Contador has regularly ridden with white bar tape, this bike’s cockpit is currently wrapped in black.

Shimano Dura-Ace components take care of the shifting, with Contador opting for mechanical rather than electronic gears. Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali also recently unveiled a custom-painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac that featured mechanical gears – Campagnolo in his case.

It’s not only the frame that’s custom, with Look providing the 33-year-old with custom ‘pisterolo’ pedals.


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