It’s become somewhat customary for the Tour de France champion elect to ride into Paris decked head to toe in yellow, and Chris Froome duly obliged on Sunday, while Nairo Quintana and Peter Sagan also rode custom-painted machines to celebrate their respective victories in the best young rider and points classifications.
Froome, who moved into the overall lead on stage seven having also worn the yellow jersey on stage four, has, in fact, ridden a yellow, Rhino-themed Pinarello Dogma F8 since stage 13. The 30-year-old also finished the race at the top of the King of the Mountains classification.
The rhino artwork which features on the toptube is a nod to Kenyan-born Froome’s African heritage but also to show his support and role as an ambassador for United for Wildlife, a partnership that unites seven of the world’s leading wildlife organisations in the battle against the illegal wildlife trade, including poaching of rhinos.
Not wanting to do things by halves, Froome also wore a yellow Kask Protone helmet, yellow SIDI Wire shoes and yellow Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses to match his maillot jaune in Paris. There was yellow handlebar tape as well, of course, while the whole Team Sky squad swapped their standard race kit for jerseys and shorts with a yellow band, rather than blue.
Sagan, meanwhile, used a green Specialized Venge to sprint to seventh on the Champs-Elysees. The Slovak has been remarkably consistent through the Tour, securing 12 top ten finishes en-route to winning the green jersey for the fourth successive year.
Sagan has switched between the old Venge, which he rode on the final stage, and the new Specialized Venge ViAS (you can see that in this gallery) through the Tour, and as well as featuring green highlights on the frame, Sagan rolled on green Specialized Roval SLX wheels. Sagan’s bike, like Froome’s Pinarello, is dressed in a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset.
Not be be outdone, Canyon, sponsor of Quintana’s Movistar team, produced a white Ultimate CF SLX for the Colombian ahead of the final stage to celebrate his victory in the best young rider classification and second place finish overall.
The German firm launched the updated Ultimate CF SLX ahead of the Tour (we’ve already brought you a full gallery of Quintana’s race bike), with the new frame said to be lighter, more comfortable and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, and Quintana used the Campagnolo Super Record EPS-equipped machine throughout the race.