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TDF2015 Tech: Astana’s Specialized team bikes & gear

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Astana had the first team listing in this year’s Tour de France, giving teammate Vincenzo Nibali the #1 number plate for taking the win at last year’s race with a comfortable 7 minute 37 second margin.

This year’s collection of team bikes spanned from custom painted Tarmac and Shiv bikes to a few relatively stock looking Venge aero road bikes. Pics of those and some team kit and other bits below…

SPOILER ALERT: Read this after watching as it contains mention of Stage 19 (June 24, 2015) results.

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The bikes were adorned with Campagnolo drivetrains, SRM power meters and Corima wheels. The Venge and some of the Shiv TT bikes were left undecorated, but the Tarmac bikes got a full makeover. This bike had Campy’s cranks, but many of the others used Specialized’s S-Works carbon cranks.

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We’ll have a better look at the new Venge in another team’s pits, but this one gave us an interesting angle on the fully integrated front brakes. Also note the shaped headset cap that leads directly into the spacers. Nope, no slammed stem here.

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The rear brake is equally integrated, albeit with a much different cable pull design. Hidden directly behind the water bottle, it’s impact on aerodynamics is completely minimized.

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The Tarmacs got a team dress code with excellent blending and multiple tones throughout. It’s not obnoxious, but it is very well done.

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Lieuwe Westra unwittingly showed off their kit for us.

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About the only things that didn’t match were the shoes. Westra was rocking the standard S-Works road shoes, but…

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…at least one team rider was kickin’ around in the upcoming S-Works 6 shoes, which sit at the absolute top of Specialized’s range at $400. These were orange, but the retail version will be red.

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The Shivs used a mix of Corima wheels, some with the track tubular (foreground)…

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…and some with the full carbon tri-spoke. All were running a full disc rear wheel.

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The aerobars and elbow pads don’t quite match anything in Vision’s current lineup, so we’ve reached out to FSA for comment and will update if/when we hear back. The pads definitely look more breathable than Vision’s current inventory.

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Nibali, who won Stage 19 of the 2015 tour to put himself 1:19 off the podium, rode his custom painted Shark bike.

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Perhaps inspired by his bike’s motif, the Italian champ definitely went on the attack to claim the stage victory.

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Penny
Penny
8 years ago

Thanks a lot for the spoiler in this post for those of us looking forward to watching the stage!

Vengista
Vengista
8 years ago

Can’t tell if the Campagnolo on Venge is EPS..

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
8 years ago

Nibali is 6:44 off the the yellow jersey sitting in 4th place. Not “1:19 off the podium”.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
8 years ago

And you really should put a ***SPOILER ALERT*** for many who watch The Tour in primetime.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Anyone else think it was f’d up that he attacked just when Froome had a mechanical? …what a shark…lol

Francois
Francois
8 years ago

@Ripnshread I think by podium, they mean the top three in the GC. The gap between Nibali and Valverde (3rd in the GC) is 1:19, so Nibali is 1:19 away from being 3rd overall, and therefore on the podium.

McClain
McClain
8 years ago

“Unsportsmanlike” I think is a long shot. Contador did the same thing to Andy Schleck in 2012, and while I think the honor that is part and parcel in cycling is cool, as far as waiting for people who’ve crashed all together at once, or while everyone takes a natural break, this is part of the game. And to think how cutthroat it used to be back in the day!

If your shit breaks, that’s your problem. F1 racers don’t stop for someone with a blown tire, and runners don’t stop for other runners who are tying their shoes.

Geezer
Geezer
8 years ago

They use mechanical Vengista.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
8 years ago

@Francois@ed – oh yea now I get it.

@McClain – I also think “unsportsmanlike” is a long shot. F’d up though…it was. But I guess now he has opened that door he can’t close it. Hope he doesn’t have a mechanical. And just shows that if it wasn’t for that, he may not have been able to take the stage…who knows…and that door is wide open.

Derek
Derek
8 years ago

The base bar/elbow pads/extension clamps on the TT bike are just Specialized’s because it needs a proprietary bar.

John
John
8 years ago

Definitely a d*ck move by Nibali.

Liasara
Liasara
8 years ago

Some people and countries have a long way to go as far as understanding the sport.
Froome is not liked by the crowd (I like him) while nibali is supported by the French as well.
This is racing. Froome is very disliked because he is a whiny.
On stage two, when cancellara ( yellow jersey) nibali and Quintana were in a huge crash… What did he do? Did he stop and wait? No, he placed his team full force to gain time against them. 1.5 minutes. Without that gain I doubt he would be in yellow now.
So froome, stop trying to give lessons about sportsmanship.
The true is Astana demolished sky team in the past few stages and when the sky plan falls off,
froome panics and doesn’t know what to do. Too bad nibali was in the accident and Astana did not bring the best team. Nibali attacked 50+ km from the arrive!

Hercules
Hercules
8 years ago

@liasara excellent point. Kudos to Nibali. And Froome truly is whiny, complaining about being attacked on descents in 2013 by Contador, and this year by Valverde! Imagine that!

abc
abc
8 years ago

@ Llasara: couldn’t agree more!

timmy
timmy
8 years ago

In the US there os no coverage on TV aside from ad-laden NBC crap. Those of us who do follow racing have to track the races down via sharing sites, which actually works out just fine. I’ve seen every single World and continental race that’s been aired on Sporza or Eurosport this season. Also having grown up in Central Europe and now living in the states, it is quite different (the appreciation and understanding) but its not rocket science, and Nibs is just as much of a cry baby if not more. But what he did was fine. Its not about what anyone thinks of Froome though. It’s just that Nibs had been waiting for that very sort of thing to happen for weeks, its perfectly normal to ride on with full gas.

John
John
8 years ago

Nibali punctured at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez. Though nobody attacked, he was out of the stage eventually finishing 15th. What comes around, goes around, Vincenzo.

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

Hey, he was over 8 minutes behind Froome, and no threat at all. He was never going to get that much time. If it had been some domestique, 20 minutes back, nobody would care that he attacked and Froome would not have been irate. Not necesarily sporting, true, but the reason Froome was mad is not because Nibali was any threat to him by attacking when he did, but because the two of them simply do not get along.

obvious
obvious
8 years ago

Don’t read stories about the TdF if you’re worried about spoilers.

Kyle
Kyle
8 years ago

Froome and Nibali don’t like one another. Nibali doesn’t like how Froome rides in the pack and initially blamed him for the Tony Martin crash, even throwing a bottle his way.

Not an isolated incident and Froome is being high and mighty about it because it’s Nibali.

Penny
Penny
8 years ago

Hey Obvious – That’s true but it’s still stupid that they do it. I had never actually seen it until now on this particular site. I am in the habit for years now of looking at this site every morning. Now second guessing that simply because of this issue. And no offense to this site, i love it, I just think people don’t realize spoilers and this sport don’t mix. Some of us even have money of the stages!

Before the Giro I deleted my bookmarks and facebook likes to all pro teams and riders, all mag sites, etc. It seems people get a hard on to tell the result without realizing how annoying that is for those of us who sit on the trainer and watch the entire stage or race. Once you know who wins it destroys the experience.

Noone who watches racing consistently wants to get results form articles and web sites! Trust me it is a big issue wit fans stuck in USA, and does these sites traffic stats way more damage than good. The site doesn’t gain anything at all by mentioning that!

Also about Nibali Froome, Eurosport stage 20 footage has a long discussion with LeMond and interview with Nibali. Not sure if that bit is on yt but maybe.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
8 years ago

@Liasara: It’s all about people needing to understand the sport better. It’s got nothing to do with what country someone is from. Thinking it does smacks of elitism.

Liasara
Liasara
8 years ago

@psi Well… I just read the comments here and other places… A lot of people may be better off commenting baseball of whatever… because they do not have the remote understanding of racing. Us and uk are years behind italy, France, Spain, Swiss, holland, belgium etc…

That said, froome took 1.5 min to Quintana and nibali when they were in a huge crash… So anyone commenting on nibali is just clueless.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Anyone notice the two different Shiv models shown in images 9 & 10? The shiv with the blue stripe on the top tube doesn’t match their current Shiv TT. Is it just an XS frame or something?

Turbo Jenkins
Turbo Jenkins
8 years ago

@Bill:

Don’t hijack the thread, even though it deviated about 10,000 miles from the headline. Calling BR posters out on this will only make them post cute little one-line zingers pointed straight at you. They’re a witty bunch.

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