Specialized will launch its new aero road bike ahead of this weekend’s Milan-San Remo, built with assistance from Formula One team, McLaren.



British sprinter Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) will ride the new Venge bike, shown in the picture below, as he attempts to win the Italian classic for the second time.



More details of the frame and its aerodynamic properties will be released at the launch in Italy on Friday, although Cycling Weekly has been told that the the surface of the carbon has been treated to help reduce drag.



There will be two versions of the Venge, an S-Works model and a McLaren one.



The new bike, called Venge, has been in development for years, and was spotted in its completed form last year at Specialized HQ in Morgan Hills. However, the California-based company has delayed its launch for years due to the problems it faced with its Shiv time trial bike.



That bike fell foul of UCI regulations, costing Specialized dearly after years of R&D and creation of the moulds the frame is built in.

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Images taken from a Specialized advert appearing in the May issue of Cycle Sport. Out now priced £4.25





Mark Cavendish gives his verdict on the Specialized Venge

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