Peter Sagan’s Beautiful Tour De France S-Works Venge
Peter Sagan is famous for his playful antics on the bike and understated personality off the bike. As playful as he can be, the three time World Champion knows how and when to flip that switch; that’s when you catch glimpses of the killer instinct that’s often hidden behind those playful smiles. (Which is evident in his Stage 2 win on Sunday.)
Sagan rolled out of Noirmoutier-en-lîle for Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de France on his S-Works Venge showing off the look of the new “Sagan Collection.” The metallic teal paint – inspired by the famous blue waters of the French Riviera where Peter calls home – draws you in as it glistens in the daylight but, like the rider, the devil is in the details and you have to look closely to find the hidden gems.
Every detail of the disc brake-enabled Venge is about speed and efficiency. Like the rider, some of its greatest assets aren’t plainly evident up front. But from the careful shaping of the head tube, to the dropped seat stays, and even the Di2 junction box hidden inside the seat post, nothing is incidental.
It’s no surprise to see Dura-Ace Di2 components, but in a slight departure from the version that is commercially available Sagan trades out Specialized cranks for Dura-Ace FC R9100-P cranks with the Shimano power meter (emblazoned with the Specialized logo). And in an era where more and more bikes are sporting compact or similar chain ring combinations, the 55×42 combination on Sagan’s bike reminds us that we are but mere mortals.
Looking at the front of the bike, we see sprint shifters tucked carefully under the brake hoods for quick access to gear changes during high-speed sprints. Recording the raw power of those sprints is an Element Bolt computer from Wahoo Fitness, held in place with a bar mount that integrates nicely with the S-Works handlebars.
A subtle decal on the seat tube honors the chase for the Yellow and Green jerseys, but also gives a nod to the rainbow stripes Sagan will carry with him for the rest of his life.
This article originally appeared on bicycling.com.