The F01 is Scott's first foray into the aero road bike world and claims to reduce air drag by more than 20 per cent compared to its Addict frameset which has been used so successfully by the HTC-Columbia team over the past couple of seasons.

This special samurai paintjob on Mark Cavendish's new F01 frame was Cavendish's own idea, according to his HTC mechanics. You don't have to get very close up to see the blood-splattered silver finish, but get nosy and you're rewarded with a stylised, sword-wielding samurai on the downtube, plus scenic Japanese villages stretching off into the distance.

Up front, Cavendish uses his own reinforced, signature Pro bars and stem painted to match the rest of the bike's design. The devil or, in this case, the samurai is in the detail. One of the HTC mechanics wanted to point out that the black aero seatpost was about to be changed to a more homogeneous silver hue, which would also complement the silver and red Fizik Arione saddle and help disguise even further the very neat and aerodynamic seat clamp, which is integrated into the top of the frame itself where it meets the seatpost.

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