In the closing moments of the third stage at the Tour Down Under, Italian sprinter Elia Viviani came out of nowhere with an explosive effort that caught Mitchelton-Scott’s Caleb Ewan and Alex Edmondson totally off guard earning him the stage win.
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We’ve already taken a close look at Viviani’s Tarmac SL6, but the sprinter chose the aero Venge ViAS for his stage 3 victory.
Slightly different to his Tarmac, Viviani is riding a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 drivetrain complete with Dura-Ace flatmount hydraulic disc brakes. Interestingly, the Italian is still on the older ICE tech rotors rather than the latest RT900 discs — Quickstep Mechanic Rune Kristensen tells us this is because the team hasn’t received them yet.
When we got our hands on Viviani’s Venge ViAS it did not have the Specialized power meter as seen on his Tarmac — or any power meter for that matter — just the standard Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 cranks and 53/39t chainrings. Hidden just inside the cranks is a blue anodized K-Edge chain catcher.
At the front, Viviani is riding an S-Works bar and stem, which measure 400mm and 130mm respectively — even though PRO has announced Quick-Step will be riding the Vibe bar and stem exclusively for 2018. Also of note, the stem on Viviani’s Tarmac was measured 125mm, meaning his position on the Venge is 5mm longer and slightly more aggressive.
The Italian's bike is also sporting an integrated out-in-front computer mount, with the Di2 junction box neatly tucked underneath.
Rolling on the 64mm deep Roval CLX64s, these hoops have CeramicSpeed bearings like the CLX50 wheels on his Tarmac, and are finished in 26mm S-Works Turbo tubulars complete with the Gription compound.
At the back, Viviani’s saddle of choice is the Specialized Toupe.
It’s no secret that the Venge ViAS is a porker by WorldTour standards, but Viviani’s race bike tipped our scales at 7.72kg
Complete bike specifications
- Frame: S-Works Venge ViAS
- Fork: S-Works FACT carbon
- Stem: Venge ViAS Aero, 130mm
- Handlebar: S-Works Aerofly, 400mm
- Tape: Supacaz tape
- Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9170 hydraulic disc
- Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9170 hydraulic disc
- Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
- Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 Di2 Disc
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28t
- Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 172.5
- Wheelset: Roval CLX 64 Rapide Disc
- Tyres: S-Works Turbo tubular with Gription compound, 26mm
- Saddle: S-Works Toupe
- Seatpost: Venge ViAS
- Bottle cages: Tacx Deva
- Rider's height: 1.78 m
- Rider's weight: 67 kg
- Saddle height, from bottom bracket (c-t): 735mm
- Seat tube length: 481mm
- Tip of saddle nose to centre of handlebars: 580mm
- Head tube length: 150mm
- Top tube length: 547mm
- Total bike weight: 7.72kg
Click or swipe through the gallery above for a detailed look at the bike that won stage 3 of the Tour Down Under.