The Irishman's panda-themed bike for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

When Dan Martin won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2013, he was memorably chased up the final drag towards the finish by a man dressed in a giant panda costume. Now, possibly to inspire a repeat victory, Specialized has given the Irishman a special edition “Emerald Panda” S-Works Tarmac to use in this year’s race.

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The means that the bike has a mainly white and black colour scheme, with black top tube, seatstays, and finishing kit, white down tube, seat tube, fork and chainstays, and a couple of small pandas painted lying down on either side of the top tube.

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Martin will hope to be a bit more lively than this panda in Sunday’s race (Credit: Brakethrough Media)

However, to give the Etixx-Quick Step rider a bit more luck than he got in the 2014 race, when he crashed on the final corner when on course to successfully defend his title, the bike is also decorated with shamrocks on the fork and around the rear dropouts, with Irish flags dotted about the place.

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The panda theme is also linked to Martin’s support for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We are so excited to have Daniel on board and supporting Team Panda”, said the WWF’s Charlotte Bragg. “He is fantastic motivation for our incredible super supporters who go the extra mile to fundraise for WWF.”

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Martin will hope for a bit more luck than he got in 2014 (Credit: Brakethrough Media)

Dan Martin and Joaquim Rodriguez get chased by a panda at Liege 2013

Dan Martin is chased by a panda in the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Credit: Watson)

  • john

    they’re a business, they’re going to be sponsored one way or another (advertising) not that I’m saying this is.

  • Stevo

    Maybe, although that would hardly explain the massive bias. It’s impossible to take CW seriously nowadays.

  • Florian

    No I meant that besides maybe Trek, I don’t see many bike brands making special color schemes with details (story/nickname/etc) related to the pro who’s riding.
    I admit that they’re no different than another pro bike in the same range, but i salute Specialized’s attention to details and the appreciation they show by making these sort of color schemes.It may be their marketing strategy, but it’s highly appreciable I think.

  • Stevo

    What do you mean by “actually does something”? The bikes are certainly not better than those of other manufacturers, and whether they look good or not is subjective.

  • Florian

    Maybe because it’s actually the only brand that realy does something besides putting a different color on a bike for a particular rider ?
    They do some pretty nice paint-schemes, with realy nice details specific to each rider, especially on Sagan’s Venge VIAS which looks absolutely gorgeous.

  • Stevo

    Why is CW so obsessed with this brand?