Bradley Wiggins gave Pinarello’s Dogma 65.1 the ultimate race-day debut – riding into Paris, decked out in yellow, before propelling Mark Cavendish to victory on the Champs Elysees.
The Pinarello Dogma 65.1 was unveiled ahead of the Tour de France but Team Sky have been riding the Dogma 2 through the race, until Wiggins made the switch to the new machine, in resplendent yellow, for the final stage.
The 65.1 uses a 65Ton HM 1K carbon fibre which Pinarello claim is “more rigid, more reactive and even better prepared for the rigours of professional cycling”. It’s lighter, too, as the new grade of carbon fibre requires less material to achieve its rigidity.
The frame design is much the same as the Dogma 2, with Pinarello’s trademark asymmetric and wavy fork and seat stays, which the Italian manufacturer claims improves the comfort of the bike. What is new, however, is the level of integration afforded for electronic groupsets, so there’s internal cable routing designed specifically for Campagnolo’s EPS and Shimano Di2 groups, while interchangeable cable stops mean you can also run the frame with a mechanical groupset.
As for Wiggo’s setup, note the O.Symetric chainrings, Shimano C50 wheelset, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 7970 groupset, PRO cockpit (with custom yellow handlebar tape), Kask helmet with covered vents to improve aerodynamics – Mark Cavendish was one of the first to embrace helmet covers, at last year’s World Championships – and super-light Bont Zero shoes, which weight just 170g per shoe.
Meanwhile, Peter Sagan has been easy to spot at the Tour de France thanks to his green jersey and Tourminator bike – and the Slovak sprint sensation was unmissable in Paris after Cannondale presented the 22-year-old with a green SuperSix Evo for the final stage.
“It’s a showy bike to reflect Sagan’s youthful penchant for finish line theatrics,” said Cannondale.
Sagan made his own piece of history in the French capital, becoming the first rider from Slovakia to win a jersey at the Tour de France – and in some style, winning three stages in his first appearance at the race on the way to accumulating the biggest points total since Sean Kelly’s first green jersey triumph in 1982.
The bike has the Slovakian flag on the top tube and the names of the finish towns – Seraing, Boulogne sur Mer and Metz – where Sagan scored his three victories on the seat stays. Cannondale left room for one final addition ahead of stage 20 but the fast finishing Sagan was forced to settle for second behind Cavendish on the Champs Elysees.