American sponsors of the Saxo-Tinkoff squad, SRAM and Specialized, have lined up something special for Alberto Contador to ride during the closing stage of this year’s Tour de France on the
Champs Élysées.

Having won all three Grand Tours, Specialized has drawn on the leaders’ jersey for each race as inspiration when creating this special colour scheme. But it’s SRAM that has really pushed the boat out and made this machine something out of the ordinary, because whilst you can buy SRAM’s Red 22 hydraulic road rim groupset in your local shop, the 11-speed groupset has not been made available to the professionals – until now.

So Contador’s bike get the full Hydraulic Road Rim (HRR) set up for the Parisian parade. Alongside this, he’ll have his favoured set-up with Zipp SL Speed seatpost, Service Course bar and stem plus the oldest wheels in the current Zipp road lineup, the 202 tubulars. Prologo Nago Evo CPC saddle, Tacx Tao Carbon bottle cages and Look Keo Blade pedals finish off the bike.

El Pistolero likes to run double-wrapped bar tape on the tops, 172.5mm cranks, Ceramic Speed bottom bracket bearings plus the 1170 11-speed cassette in 11-26 tooth format.

Everything else about the bike looks standard but for one little tweak that caught our eye: the hydraulic hose running through the top tube has a wire wrap on the end, this was added by Contador’s mechanic to make sure the hose doesn’t move in the frame.





Hydraulic brake hose runs through top tube



11-speed cassette



Ceramic bottom bracket bearings





SRAM Hydraulic Road Rim brakes front and rear





Zipp 202 tubular wheels

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  • Dave Smart

    The only spec’s that have any real effect on performance are the gearing and the crank length. The rest pales into insignificance. 172.5mm is far too long for Bertie’s leg length. That’s why his technique is such a mess. End of story.

  • Rick Carlson

    For the Champs-Elysees, could Contador skip the bother of twin chainrings and go with a single ring up front, negating the need for a front derailleur?

  • Ken Evans

    For the Tour Stage 17 hilly TT Contador (and Cav) used an aero Venge, with clip on tri bars (AC also used a full disc rear wheel).