Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France Specialized S-Works Tarmac

An ocean theme for the Shark of Messina

At this year's Tour de France, the Shark of Messina has been lurking in the deeps. Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 Tour de France champion, has been riding in support of Astana teammate Fabio Aru on a custom Specialized S-Works Tarmac painted with an ocean motif in recognition of Nibali's nickname.

Nibali's top tube celebrates the Italian's victories in the Tour de France (2014), the Vuelta a España (2010) and the Giro d’Italia (2013). 

Nibali also has his own cockpit components, with this shark logo featuring on the handlebars, stem and seatpost of special editions FSA created following the 2014 Tour.

Nibali's nickname is the Shark of Messina
Nibali's nickname is the Shark of Messina

Nibali runs a full mechanical Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed groupset with an SRM power meter.

His Corima S+ tubular wheels are 47mm deep with 18-front, 20-rear spokes and feature a carbon checkerboard weave. Complete wheelset weight? A claimed 1,230g.

An unmarked Fizik Antares saddle and Look Keo Blade 2 pedals round out his gear.

Specialized has a number of special paint jobs at this year's Tour
Specialized has a number of special paint jobs at this year's Tour

Complete bike specifications

  • Frameset: Specialized S-Works Tarmac (56cm)
  • Stem: FSA K-Force OS-99 CSI Shark, 120mm
  • Bars: FSA K-Force Compact Shark, 42mm
  • Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Levers: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Super Recordwith SRM power meter, 172.5mm
  • Bottom bracket: Ceramic Speed
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2
  • Wheelset: Corima S+
  • Tubulars: Specialized, 24mm
  • Saddle: Fizik Antares 
  • Seatpost: FSA K-Force SB25 Shark

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.80m (5ft 10in)
  • Rider's weight: 64 kg (141lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 75.5cm
  • Tip of saddle to center of bar: 60cm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 8cm
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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