Monday, July 28, 2014

Tour Round-Up: Nibali, Martin on Specialized; Busche Finishes First Tour

Specialized bicycles played a huge role in the Tour de France that ended yesterday in Paris.

Specialized decorated Nibali's Tarmac.
Overall winner, Vincenzo Nibali won on his Specialized. Nibali, an Italian who rides for the Astana Team. 

Here is his specially-designed yellow jersey edition bike.

Nibali used this Venge to win a stage of the TdF
Nibali rode a S-Works Tarmac for most of the stages and a Shiv for the time trial. 

Tony Martin, a German who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, crushed the time trial on Saturday with his Specialized Shiv. Martin, who is the reigning world time trial champion, is called "The Bull" because of his sheer power on the bike. 

Specialized made his a special Shiv for the Tour time trial. It featured a 58-tooth front chain ring. Most mere mortals run a 53 in the front, sometimes a 55 for time trials. A 58-tooth ring takes an amazing amount of power to turn over.

In non-Specialized news, Wauwatosa-native Matt Busche of the Trek Factory Team, finished his first tour. Here is the story on cyclingnews.

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