It’s been a good season for Specialized in UCI road races this season. The company – which has apparently been keeping a record – says that it’s now up to 164 road race victories this year.
Astana also contributed one Grand Tour win to Specialized’s tally this season, when Vincenzo Nibali won the Giro d’Italia on the brand’s Tarmac – a bike which already had multiple grand tour wins to its name.
The tally was padded out by six golds at the Road World Championships in Doha this month. Peter Sagan won his second consecutive Elite Men’s road race victory on his S-Works Venge ViAS (he won on a Specialized Tarmac last year).
Watch: Tony Martin’s S-Works Shiv at the Tour de France
The Etixx-Quick Step men’s team and the Boes-Dolmans women’s team won gold in their respective team time trials.
Finally Brandon McNulty of LUX Development won gold in the junior individual time trial event.
Last year we totted up men’s WorldTour race wins by manufacturer – and guess who came out top? We counted 27 stage or overall classification wins on Specialized bikes, followed by 26 for Canyon.
We’ll have to get our pencils out again to count up wins for the 2016 season.