Gaviria raced the first stage of the Tour aboard the new S-Works Venge, launched earlier this week by Specialized as the third iteration of the American brand’s aero-specific frameset.
Several new aero-focused framesets feature a similar swoop on the down tube away from the fork crownJosh Evans/Immediate Media
Specialized have focused on three new designs that define the new model – the Specialized Venge VIAS – including lower weight, more aerodynamics and better handling, dubbed rider-first engineered.
Unlike the consumer versions of the new Venge, Quick-Step Floors’ and Bora-Hansgrohe’s – the two WorldTour teams sponsored by Specialized – bikes have white S-Works decals on the down tube and Specialized decals on the fork, which Specialized openly admit to giving maximum exposure during a race.
While riding for Quick-Step Floors last season, Marcel Kittel became the first rider to win a stage at a Grand Tour on disc brakes and the Belgian team’s sprinter for this year has continued the trend.
In conjunction with the new frameset, Specialized also launched the new S-Works Aerofly 2 handlebars, which are designed to work in conjunction with the frame’s proprietary stem.
The new S-Works Aerofly 2 handlebars are paired with Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 leversJosh Evans/Immediate Media
Alongside the Specialized frameset and cockpit, Gaviria runs an S-Works Romin Evo saddle and 26mm S-Works Turbo tubular tyres. Specialized’s wheel brand Roval also provide the Belgian team with carbon wheels with Gaviria’s bike equipped with Roval CLX 64s.
Paired with the black and blue frameset is full Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 electronic groupset. Gaviria opts for standard gearing of 53/39 chainrings, an 11-28 cassette and uses 172.5mm cranks.
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A look at Gaviria’s Shimano drivetrainJosh Evans/Immediate Media
Frame: Specialized S-Works Venge FACT Carbon
Fork: Specialized S-Works Venge FACT Carbon
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 with Specialized power meter, 53/39 chainrings, 172.5mm cranks
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed BB30
Wheelset: Roval CLX 64 with CeramicSpeed hub bearings
Tyres: S-Works Turbo, 26mm tubular
Handlebars: S-Works Aerofly 2, 400mm
Stem: S-Works Venge, 130mm
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: S-Works Romin Evo
Seat post: S-Works Venge
Bottle cages: Tacx Ciro
Other accessories: S-Works Venge out front computer mount, K-Edge chain catcher