Pro Bike Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s Cervelo S5 and custom Nike shoes

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Mark Cavendish's Tour de France rig has some unique features, as do his custom shoes from Nike.

Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
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.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
The 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.com
Mark Cavendish
Before 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.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
Just in case Cav forgets whose bike this is. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
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.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
It’s so shiny you can see yourself (or me) in it. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
While 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.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
The Shimano Di2 junction box tucks up nicely underneath Cavendish’s saddle for quick access. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
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.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
Enve 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.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
It wouldn’t be Cav’s if it didn’t have a touch of green. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
Rotor 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
Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5
His cassette range is 11-28. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish's custom Nike shoes
Cav 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.com
Mark Cavendish's custom Nike shoes
The 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.com
Mark Cavendish's custom Nike shoes
Cavendish 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
Mark Cavendish
All that glitter could lead to green. Cavendish sports a custom Oakley Aro5 helmet with a glittery green finish. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish
A better view of the glitter finish. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mark Cavendish
Is 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.com
Mark Cavendish
More 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
Mark Cavendish
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.com
Mark Cavendish
Cavendish’s jersey bears the rainbow stripes thanks to his 2011 world road championship title. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com