Pro bike: Alexandre Vinokourov's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4

The bike that won the 2012 Olympic Road Race

Alexandre Vinokorouv came into the 2012 Olympic Men's Road Race with just a single teammate, Assan Bazayev. While no country had a 9-man squad, as in the Tour de France, there were nine squads with five a piece: Spain, Italy, Great Britain, the United States, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands. At the end of the day, all Vinokourov needed was a bike and the right moment.

Vinokourov rode an Olympic version of his Team Astana Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4. The only difference in the frame is the paint — neon red, as for all of Specialized’s Olympic riders — and the limited branding that Olympic rules dictate.

Similarly, the Corima wheels that Vino rode were a Carbon Viva S front and a Carbon Aero+ MCC rear, with decaling stripped down to a single logo on each side.

In addition to the number of logos, Olympic rules also specify exactly how tall each logo can be.

The Carbon Aero+ MCC rear wheel lives up to its name with generous serving of carbon fiber. Beyond the 3k/12k 47mm carbon rim, the wheel has a carbon hub and 12 carbon spokes. The rear weighs a claimed 620g.

Vino’s front wheel is somewhat less exotic. The Carbon Viva S uses a 12k carbon rim and 18 metal spokes for a 480g claimed weight

Vino uses a nearly complete SRAM 2012 Red group save the cranks. His S-Works Tarmac SL4 has a 172.5mm S-Works crank with an integrated SRM power meter.

The FSA Plasma Integrated Compact white handlebar and stem boasts a 370g weight.

Vinokorouv had a single teammate, assan bazayev: vinokorouv had a single teammate, assan bazayev
Vinokorouv had a single teammate, assan bazayev: vinokorouv had a single teammate, assan bazayev
The rear profile of Vino's bike, as seen by the front group of the Olympic road race as he charged away

Complete bike specifications

  • Frameset: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, 52cm, stock geometry
  • Stem/handlebar: FSA Plasma Integrated Compact, 120 stem, 42 bar
  • Front brake: SRAM 2012 Red
  • Rear brake: SRAM 2012 Red
  • Front derailleur: SRAM 2012 Red
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM 2012 Red
  • Shift levers: SRAM 2012 Red
  • Crankset: Specialized S-Works SL FACT, 172.5mm, 53/39t
  • Power meter: SRM spider on S-Works crank
  • Bottle cages: Tacx
  • Bottom bracket: Specialized S-Works
  • Pedals:  Look Kéo Blade
  • Front wheel:  Carbon Viva S
  • Rear wheel:  Carbon Aero+ MCC
  • Tires: Specialized team tubulars
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Team Edition
  • Seatpost: FSA Monolink Carbon Seatpost 27.2

Critical measurements 

  • Rider's height: 177cm/5ft 10in
  • Rider's weight: 68kg/150lb
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 71.2cm
  • Handlebar height: 51.5cm
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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