Is this the new Specialized Tarmac? SL8 breaks cover at Soudal-Quickstep training camp

The new Specialized SL8 has been spotted in the wild and it looks like it has been on a diet

Specialized Tarmac sl8 at Lotto-Soudal training camp
(Image credit: Weight Weenies: Jz91)

It's been a full three years since the last release of a flagship race bike from Specialized, and there has been a whole host of speculation over the last few months about when we might see the brand new Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8. 

Early speculation pointed toward a Tour de France debut which left us slightly confused when snooped around stage one to find the hottest Tour tech. But while the bike has yet to be seen at the Tour, Specialized sponsored Soudal Quick-Step on a training camp with images shared on social media.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.