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Pro bikes: inside Peter Sagan’s bike shed

Peter Sagan’s Hulk-themed Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod was the most striking bike on display at this year’s Tour de France.

However, the Slovak sensation has had quite a fleet to play with throughout the year – and we’ve had the chance to get up close and personal with three of the Cannondale Pro Cycling rider’s most iconic machines: that Hulk machine mentioned above, the all-green SuperSix Evo prepared for the final stage of the Tour, and the all-new Synapse Hi-Mod ridden through the Spring Classics.

Ok, we didn’t go inside Sagan’s actual bike shed, but the two-time Tour de France green jersey winner’s bikes were on display at the annual dealer and press show of Cannondale’s UK distributor, Cycling Sports Group, and we wheeled each of them away for a closer inspection. Open the gallery above to take a look for yourself.

Peter Sagan rode Cannondale’s all-new Synapse Hi-Mod through the Classics campaign

We’ll deal with each machine in chronological order. We first brought you a glimpse of the Synapse Hi-Mod from Paris-Roubaix. The Synapse Hi-Mod is a radical update to Cannondale’s ‘comfort’ bike, officially launched at the end of April, with a revamped frame which is said to be lighter, stiffer and smoother than its predecessor thanks to revised tube profiles and a unique seattube cutout. You can read more about the tech behind the Synapse Hi-Mod here.

Moving on, Sagan’s Hulk-themed Evo was unveiled to the press ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ in Corsica. The Evo is Cannondale’s long-standing super-light road frame and the level of detail on this one-off machine is stunning. Why Hulk? It’s a tribute to Sagan’s victory celebration on stage six of the 2012 Tour.

The level of detail on Sagan’s Hulk-themed SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod is stunning – open the gallery above for a closer look

It’s the bike on which Sagan took a Hulk-like grip on the Tour’s green jersey for the second year running. Sagan topped the points classification by 97 points, ahead of Mark Cavendish, and Cannondale presented their rider with, you guessed it, an all-green SuperSix Evo for the final stage into Paris.

Each bike has its own intricacies. The Synapse on which Sagan won Gent–Wevelgem, and finished second in E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders, is still covered in dirt from that final race.

The Hulk, meanwhile, glows in the dark and bears a small scar from the huge crash at the end of stage one of the Tour de France.

Cannondale presented green jersey winner Sagan with this SuperSix Evo Hi-mod ahead of the final stage of the Tour de France

As for the green jersey machine, that was put together post-haste by Cannondale in the days leading up to the final stage to celebrate Sagan’s victory and was mistakenly painted with the UCI’s seal of approval for Cannondale’s Slice TT bike, rather than the SuperSix Evo. It also has limited edition Peter Sagan signature Kenda Service Course tubs.

That’s just a flavour of the bike porn featured in our gallery at the top of the page. Take a closer look to enjoy full-screen pictures of three of the most important bikes of the year.

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