Tweaked for climbing, Contador’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac is a tried and tested climbing machine for the Spaniard
It’s even in the shops, making Ford Motor Company’s 60s motto ‘Win on Sunday, buy on Monday’ relevant to bike racing today.
As you might expect, there are some special tweaks that Contador’s personal mechanic, Faustino Muñoz, likes to make, just to add an extra special something.
Despite the UCI’s minimum weight limit of 6.8kg, the bike still has Alligator iLink aluminium cables on all brake and gear outers, and it would appear that the team has had a trolley dash at Ceramic Speed, as everything possible has had the bearings fitted — if the stickers were to be believed.
At the Critérium du Dauphiné, there was a small storm surrounding Tinkoff-Saxo, as they’d unilaterally decided to ditch Zipp wheels and run Specialized-owned Roval, despite a relationship with Zipp that goes back to 2003. Contador’s preference was for the Rapide CLX 40.