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.
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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.