Race Tech

Pro bike: Mark Cavendish’s custom Specialized S-Works Venge

Mark Cavendish started the 2014 Tour de France in Leeds on this custom Specialized S-Works Venge and the Manx Missile’s race ended just 190km later in Harrogate.

Cavendish arrived in Yorkshire with the weight of a nation on his shoulders, with the prospect of pulling on the yellow jersey in his mother’s home town, but instead ended the day in hospital with a separated shoulder and out of the race.

We spied Cavendish’s Venge in the team hotel prior to the start of the race and while the 25-time stage winner’s participation may be over, there’s no harm in us – and you – admiring the custom paintjob put together for the 2014 edition of the Tour.

The CVNDSH (that’s Cavendish’s brand, with the vowel-less logo designed, ironically, by the Harrogate-based Lift Agency last year) edition of the Venge features the former world champion’s lime green logo on the seattube and his signature on the fork. The fork, seattube, chainstays and underside of the downtube are in British racing green with a subtle glitter finish, while lime green stripes feature on the bottom of the fork legs, downtube and seatstays.

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