Tweaked for climbing, Contador’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac is a tried and tested climbing machine for the Spaniard

With a low-key launch 
at the Giro, the fifth generation of the S-Works Tarmac 
is already well established and used by everyone at Tinkoff-Saxo.

It’s even in the shops, making Ford Motor Company’s 60s motto ‘Win on Sunday, buy on Monday’ relevant to bike racing today.

As you might expect, there are some special tweaks that Contador’s personal mechanic, Faustino Muñoz, likes to make, just to add an extra special something.

Despite the UCI’s minimum weight limit of 6.8kg, the bike still has Alligator iLink aluminium cables on all brake and gear outers, and it would appear that the team has had a trolley dash at Ceramic Speed, as everything possible has had the bearings fitted 
— if the stickers were to be believed.

At the Critérium du Dauphiné, 
there was a small storm surrounding Tinkoff-Saxo, as they’d unilaterally decided to ditch Zipp wheels and run Specialized-owned Roval, despite a relationship with Zipp that goes back 
to 2003. Contador’s preference was for the Rapide CLX 40.

When you’re the head honcho at Tinkoff, you can get whatever you want, it seems, including specially selected tyres. And just to make sure everyone knows they’re yours, your name is written in gold pen on the side.

When you’re the head honcho at Tinkoff, you can get whatever you want, it seems, including specially selected tyres. And just to make sure everyone knows they’re yours, your name is written in gold pen on the side.

Look Keo Blade 2 pedals, Specialized S-Works OSBB cranks with SRM Wireless Powermeter and SRAM X Glide 11-speed 53/39 chainrings 
— this set-up alone is worth more than most of our bikes.

Look Keo Blade 2 pedals, Specialized S-Works OSBB cranks with SRM Wireless Powermeter and SRAM X Glide 11-speed 53/39 chainrings 
— this set-up alone is worth more than most of our bikes.

With an hors catégorie climb at the end of the stage on the day we shot Contador’s bike, he’d opted for SRAM’s WiFli 11/28 cassette.

With an hors catégorie climb at the end of the stage on the day we shot Contador’s bike, he’d opted for SRAM’s WiFli 11/28 cassette.

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