After coming from nearly five minutes back in the general classification with three stages to go to win the Giro d’Italia, Vincenzo Nibali certainly deserved to enjoy his only day in the maglia rosa as the race rolled into Turin. Of course, that meant that Specialized, Astana‘s bike sponsor, was allowed to really go to town with its bike design.
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The result is a bright pink Specialized S-Works Tarmac that puts other leaders’ bikes such as Chris Froome’s yellow Pinarello Dogma F8 in the shade with its pink chrome paintjob that looked stunning even under the leaden skies of the final stage. And of course it wasn’t just the frame that was pink, with matching Tacx bottle cages and Supacaz bar tape.
Apart from the lurid colour scheme, the bike is largely unchanged from the bike that Nibali had been riding for the rest of the race. That means a Campagnolo Super Record mechanical groupset with an SRM power meter attached to the crankset, and Corima 47mm S+ carbon tubular wheels topped with S-Works Turbo 24mm tubular tyres.
Most of the finishing kit comes courtesy of FSA. Nibali uses the standard K-Force stem and bars, but switched to an interesting prototype seatpost for the final stage. From the looks of it, this seems to be an adjustable seatpost, with the possibility to adjust the height by rotating the collar just below the saddle. This sort of tech isn’t unknown in the peloton, but hasn’t been seen since Ivan Basso used a similar FSA seatpost at the 2011 Tour de France.