The custom-painted Specialized Amira that Armitstead is riding at the Aviva Women's Tour
With the Aviva Women’s Tour getting underway yesterday, the next few days is a great chance to see the world’s best female riders in action on British roads. And one of the best of the lot is our very own Lizzie Armitstead.
As the current road race world champion, Armitstead has been given a custom Specialized Amira with a predominantly white paintjob complemented with multicoloured flashes across the frame in a wider range of hues than seen on Sagan’s Tarmac.
“Normally when I think of strength I think black for bikes, but this time I really wanted Lizzie’s bike to stand out and reflect her” said Lauren Parento, Specialized’s lead graphic designer for women’s bikes. “I chose a white base to nod to her classiness and help her stand out amongst the team’s dark bikes and other riders. We incorporated a fine rainbow flake into the paint to tie into the WC rainbow and bring the white base to life.”
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Paintjob aside, the bike is equipped with a SRAM Red eTap groupset with Blip remote shifters located on the inside of the drops to help Armitstead to shift more easily when sprinting. The wheels are a pair of Zipp 303 Firecrests which have been tastefully adorned with the world champion’s stripes, and are shod with S-Works Turbo tyres. Te rest of the finishing kit is a mix of Specialized and Zipp, with a Specialized Ruby Pro saddle, and Zipp seatpost, stem, and bars.
Armitstead finished eighteenth in the opening stage of the 2016 race as Boel-Dolmans teammate Christine Majerus took the win. Today’s second stage takes the riders 140km from Atherstone to Stratford-Upon-Avon.