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Pro Bike Gallery: Peter Sagan’s worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac

Peter Sagan rode quietly until the last kilometers at worlds before he unleashed an attack no one could counter. Here's the bike he rode.
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Peter Sagan was almost a ghost for much of the race in Richmond, but when it mattered most, he powered his Specialized Tarmac to victory to claim gold. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Oleg Tinkov had kind words for Sagan after his Worlds victory, calling him “the beast.” Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Deep dish Roval carbon wheels are wrapped in Specialized Turbo tires to handle the rigors of the Richmond course, which includes cobbled sections as well as plenty of fast straightaways. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
In what has shaped up to be a bridesmaid season for Sagan, he climbed to the top step of the podium with authority, breaking away from the peloton in the final kilometers. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac has a custom paint job to give the Slovakian sprinter even more flash on the course. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Look carefully and you’ll spot shift buttons on the drops so Sagan can throw the hammer down without moving his hands too far. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
That long stem is cinched down with a Body Geometry top cap, indicating Sagan has gone through a thorough fitting to find the right position for power and comfort. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
A touch of national pride decorates Sagan’s seat tube. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Not surprisingly, Sagan sports a long stem and a deep handlebar drop to get him in an aggressive sprint position. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Long, sleek, and carbon: there’s plenty of reach for an aggressive sprint position. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
With low-end power like Sagan’s, the bottom bracket area of the frame needs to be exceptionally stiff to ensure power transfer. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
The mostly-flat Richmond course still had a few punchy climbs, so Sagan opted for a 53-39 chainring combo. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Di2 up front works in conjunction with an FSA crankset. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Sagan uses Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain for smooth shifts. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
More Dura-Ace rounds off the build. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Prologo provides the saddle on Sagan’s Tarmac. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Though he’s been spotted with bright green Look Keo pedals in the past, Sagan opted for the more subdued custom colors on his Worlds bike. Photo: @chrisriekert
Pro Bike: Peter Sagan's worlds-winning Specialized Tarmac
Virginia is also for Slovakia this year. Photo: @chrisriekert