Last Sunday presented the first chance for us to see the new world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step), ride in the rainbow jersey for the first time in competition, as he took to the start line at the final monument of the year, the Tour of Lombardy.
But the new jersey (which Kwiatkowski’s tastefully combined with black shorts) wasn’t all that world champion had on show, as the Pole turned up to the 254km classic with a newly custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac.
Specialized have taken a different approach with the rainbow paint job, using the colours to create an abstract design that’s more reminiscent of a Stone Roses album cover than the world champions’ bikes we’ve seen in the last few years.
Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) took the victory in the season’s final classic, while Kwiatkowski eventually finished 77th in the race, after suffering cramp in the last 10km.
We got a few pictures of his bike before the race began on Sunday.
(Photos by Yuzuru Sunada)