Specialized creates custom S-Works Tarmac SL7s for its two road world champions

Perks of the job, when you’re a world champion

Julian Alaphilippe's custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Specialized has created two custom S-Works Tarmac SL7 road bikes for the two current UCI road world champions, Anna van der Breggen and Julian Alaphilippe, ahead of this weekend’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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Decked out with a white and rainbow stripe paint job, and designed by Elena Aker (a concept bike designer for Specialized), each SL7 is inspired by the iconic world champions’ jersey, and blessed with a series of individual flourishes intended to celebrate the two riders.

There’s no new tech here – underneath that paint it’s the same Venge-killing, aero-yet-lightweight race bike we reviewed last summer (a bike Specialized says is the “the winningest bike of 2021 so far”) – but it’s always worth pausing to appreciate beautiful custom paint jobs when you get the opportunity.