Pro Bike Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s Cervelo S5 and custom Nike shoesDan Cavallari / July 5, 2018Mark Cavendish's Tour de France rig has some unique features, as do his custom shoes from Nike. Mark Cavendish’s 2017 Tour de France Cervelo S5 featured a green paint job with a chrome finish. This year, the bike ditches most of the green sheen in favor of a more subtle gray-to-white color scheme. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comThe frame itself is small, both because Cavendish is only 5-foot-8 and because a smaller frame tends to flex less. As a sprinter, that’s a boon for Cavendish. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comBefore he headed out with the team on a training ride, Cavendish consulted with his mechanic to ensure his saddle position matched last year’s Tour bike (seen just at the bottom of the frame) exactly. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comJust in case Cav forgets whose bike this is. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com The frame’s color seems to change slightly, depending on how the light hits it. The head tube appears gray (almost silver) in profile in direct sunlight, but here it seems to have a slight purple sheen. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comIt’s so shiny you can see yourself (or me) in it. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comWhile woven carbon fibers visible on the top layer of the frame are often ornamental, the piece surrounding the lower water bottle cage mount seems to add to the structure of that area of the down tube. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comThe Shimano Di2 junction box tucks up nicely underneath Cavendish’s saddle for quick access. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Cav’s bike is decked out in Enve’s finest. The wheels are SES 4.5, while the handlebars are Enve’s SES Aero Road bars. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comEnve also adds a new Aero Road stem to the mix. It officially debuted at the Giro d’Italia and offers adjustable length and angle. It can only be set up with a negative rise. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comIt wouldn’t be Cav’s if it didn’t have a touch of green. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comRotor made its name on its oval chainrings, but Cavendish opts instead for the company’s NoQ round chainrings. According to Rotor’s website, the chainring’s design offers some aerodynamic advantages as well. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com His cassette range is 11-28. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comCav was also rocking some new kicks from Nike, the Superfly 360. They feature Cavendish’s word mark and some flashy, throwback colors. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comThe lace-up shoes work in conjunction with a velcro strap across the ankle for additional support. The upper is Nike’s Flyknit material. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comCavendish said on Instagram that the shoes drew inspiration from Ronaldo’s soccer cleats, which Cav admired as a boy during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com All that glitter could lead to green. Cavendish sports a custom Oakley Aro5 helmet with a glittery green finish. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comA better view of the glitter finish. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comIs Cav’s watch an indication he has aspirations for yellow? It might just be a snazzy watch. But don’t forget: Cav wore yellow at the 2016 Tour de France for the first time. Perhaps he’s got the itch again. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comMore saddle position tinkering. Even with the most modern measuring instruments, sometimes a tape measure is the best tool for the job. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com The day’s training route included several kilometers of an upcoming stage. Cav listens in as a sport director outlines the route. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.comCavendish’s jersey bears the rainbow stripes thanks to his 2011 world road championship title. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Stay On Topic Here’s why this year’s Tour de France has been so cruel to the sprinters With smaller teams, tighter cut-off times, and short, explosive stages, Tour sprinters find themselves off the back. A sprinter’s nightmare: Cavendish and Kittel out of Tour The climbs that made Tour stage 11 a thriller for the GC proved too much for sprinters Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour Mark Cavendish is quickly running out of time to equal Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage win record.