Pro bike: Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge for the Tour de France
Peter Sagan is riding Specialized's new S-Works Venge at the Tour de France - and this one is particularly special
The start of the 2018 Tour de France means yet another limited edition bike for Peter Sagan. Specialized launched the latest S-Works Venge ahead of this year's race and Sagan is riding the disc-specific aero bike in this rather fetching teal finish. We think this is without doubt one of the best looking bikes at the Tour.
It's certainly one of the fastest, with Sagan finishing second, first, second and first on the opening four road stages. On those two stages where the Slovakian didn't win, QuickStep Floors' Fernando Gaviria triumphed - also riding the S-Works Venge.
There's been no shortage of aero launches of late, with wind-cheating bikes also arriving from Cannondale, BMC and Trek - all of which are being ridden by their respective teams at the Tour. The S-Works is particularly interesting in how Specialized's engineers have chased not only aerodynamic efficiency, but also focused on shaving weight.
This collective effort means the latest Venge is a claimed eight seconds faster in the tunnel (over 40km at zero degrees yaw, measured in Specialized's wind tunnel) - you wouldn't expect anything else, would you? - but the frame is also 240g lighter than its predecessor, the Venge ViAS. That's a huge saving, with the new frame now coming in at a claimed 960g. This means Specialized can build the S-Works Venge to around 7.1kg (although Sagan's bike will be 300-400g heavier with pedals and bottle cages fitted), closing the gap on the company's lightweight all-rounder, the S-Works Tarmac, and also the UCI's 6.8kg weight limit.
Click through below to see Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge
As well as sporting Specialized's latest frame, Sagan's bike also includes a number of personalised touches - take a closer look in our video above or flick through the photo gallery for the full lowdown on Sagan's S-Works Venge.
In terms of spec, you'll find a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, with 54-42t chainrings for the Tour's flat or rolling opening stages. That will likely change to a standard 53-39t setup when things get lumpier.
Otherwise, there's a set of Roval CLX 50 Disc carbon fibre wheels wrapped in Specialized tyres, a Specialized Romin Evo saddle and, to finish, a full suite of components from the Big S including Specialized's new dual-sided power meter.
That's it from us - now it's time to make your mind up. Take a closer look at Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge in the video above and let us know what you think. Hot or not?