I just got my 2009 Specialized Allez a couple of weeks ago and I ride it almost every day. I have a 58cm frame, which was fitted by my LBS. One issue is that when I ride on the hoods the base of both my thumbs start to hurt after a while. I wear the pearl izumi gel padded gloves when I ride. I have tried different positions on the hoods and I have tried to get lower to the bar for more bend in my elbows. I think I may need a shorter stem. If anyone has any advice my hands would greatly appreciate it!!