Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge.
The man they call the Manx Missile is hoping to add another moniker to his resume on Saturday: Tour de France Yellow Jersey wearer. And nothing would be sweeter than to do it in front of Mark Cavendish’s home country crowd. Indeed, Cav’s a Brit and this year’s Tour starts in Yorkshire, making the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider the popular pick to take stage 1, a (somewhat) sprinter-friendly affair that starts in Leeds and finishes 190.5km later in Harrogate, hometown of Cavendish’s mom.
Carrying Cavendish to the potentially glorious moment will be a custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge aero road bike. This size 49cm bike is built for speed. Along with the tiny frame size, the 5-foot-8 Cavendish runs a lengthy 140mm Zipp SL Sprint stem, which nets an ultra-low position, especially when he’s in the drops dashing for the final finish line. Take a look at the video and photo gallery below to see all the details of this speed machine that just might get a yellow makeover before too long.