Pro Bike: Alberto Contador’s Specialized Tarmac SL4

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We won’t know for sure until racing kicks off at the upcoming 100th running of the Tour de France, but top GC contender Alberto Contador will likely be aboard his Specialized Tarmac SL4 with SRAM Red groupset and Zipp 202 wheels as he chases yellow jersey glory.

Throughout the tour, Contador will have his choice between the more aero Specialized Venge and the all-around Tarmac, but it was the Tarmac that the Spaniard preferred during the recently completed Critérium du Dauphiné, a key weeklong stage race that serves as warm-up for the world’s most important bike race.

The bike shown here is his spare bike, which is identical to his race bike in every way, save for the lack of an SRM power meter and a number plate. Both primary and spare bike are spec’d with 10-speed SRAM Red, as none of the pros are yet to move onto new Red 22 11-speed groupsets.

Other highlights of this build include bar tape that is super-glued instead of using electrical tape, blue hoods to match the colors of his Saxo-Tinkoff team, a Prologo Nego Evo saddle, carbon Look pedals, and Zipp Service Course SL bars and stem. Gearing is standard 53×39 with an 11-28 cassette. Weight is right at the UCI minimum of 14.9 pounds, meaning team mechanics likely had to add some weight just to stay within the rules.

Here’s a tip-to-tail look at the bike that just might win the next Tour de France.

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Video courtesy Global Cycling Network

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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