Tour de France bike: Alberto Contador’s Specialized S-Works SL4

American sponsors of the Saxo-Tinkoff squad, SRAM and Specialized, have lined up something special for Alberto Contador to ride during the closing stage of this year’s Tour de France on the
Champs Élysées.

Having won all three Grand Tours, Specialized has drawn on the leaders’ jersey for each race as inspiration when creating this special colour scheme. But it’s SRAM that has really pushed the boat out and made this machine something out of the ordinary, because whilst you can buy SRAM’s Red 22 hydraulic road rim groupset in your local shop, the 11-speed groupset has not been made available to the professionals – until now.

So Contador’s bike get the full Hydraulic Road Rim (HRR) set up for the Parisian parade. Alongside this, he’ll have his favoured set-up with Zipp SL Speed seatpost, Service Course bar and stem plus the oldest wheels in the current Zipp road lineup, the 202 tubulars. Prologo Nago Evo CPC saddle, Tacx Tao Carbon bottle cages and Look Keo Blade pedals finish off the bike.

El Pistolero likes to run double-wrapped bar tape on the tops, 172.5mm cranks, Ceramic Speed bottom bracket bearings plus the 1170 11-speed cassette in 11-26 tooth format.

Everything else about the bike looks standard but for one little tweak that caught our eye: the hydraulic hose running through the top tube has a wire wrap on the end, this was added by Contador’s mechanic to make sure the hose doesn’t move in the frame.

Hydraulic brake hose runs through top tube

11-speed cassette

Ceramic bottom bracket bearings

SRAM Hydraulic Road Rim brakes front and rear

Zipp 202 tubular wheels

Related links

Tour de France 2013 coverage index