Specialized really likes supplying its riders with custom bikes. Just in the last few months we’ve had Vincenzo Nibali’s bright pink Tarmac as he won the Giro d’Italia, Alberto Contador’s chrome Tarmac at the Critérium du Dauphiné and Marcel Kittel’s silver Venge ViAS at the Tour de France.

The latest, and probably the most understated of the lot, is the white and red Tarmac that Fabio Aru is currently riding through the mountains at the Tour.

Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 68a Edizione - 1a tappa Cluses - Saint Vulbas 186 km - 06/06/2016 - Specialized Fabio Aru (Astana) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

Specialized Fabio Aru’s customised Specialized S-Works Tarmac. Credit: Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

The colour of Aru’s Tarmac (white and red) reflects the colours of his home region’s flag (Sardinia), which features a white-and-red cross over a white background. Four Moors’ heads drawn on the four corners of the flag complete the scheme.

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Aru is also nicknamed ‘Il Cavaliere dei Quattro Mori’ (‘The Knight of the Four Moors’), and another mention to the regional flag is also present on the front side of the Tarmac’s seat tube.

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A close up of the Sardinian flag on Aru’s seat tube. Credit: Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

Another head of Moor is also placed on the fork of the bike, while Aru’s personal logo (a horseman) is visible on the top tube by the exit of the seat tube.

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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 68a Edizione - 1a tappa Cluses - Saint Vulbas 186 km - 06/06/2016 - Specialized Fabio Aru (Astana) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

Fabio Aru’s S-Works Tarmac. A head of Moor is also drawn on the fork. Credit: Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 68a Edizione - 1a tappa Cluses - Saint Vulbas 186 km - 06/06/2016 - Specialized Fabio Aru (Astana) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

Fabio Aru’s personal logo on the top tube. Credit: Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

The Astana rider’s bike mounts a Campagnolo EPS, a FSA stem and Vision handlebars, CeramicSpeed bottom bracket and headset, while the power meter (SRM) is integrated in the chainset.

Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 68a Edizione - 1a tappa Cluses - Saint Vulbas 186 km - 06/06/2016 - Specialized Fabio Aru (Astana) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

Aru’s bike mounts a Campagnolo EPS. Credit: Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

The wheel set is a Corima S+ Carbon fitted on Specialized tyres.