Wout van Aert has won stages in all three Tours de France he has entered, including three last year: Mont Ventoux, a time trial, and the de facto sprinters’ world championship on the Champs Élysées. He’s more dependable than a blue chip stock, and an easy front runner for the green jersey, where his ability to pick up points on hillier and mountainous stages should prove a huge advantage over sprint specialists who retire to the grupetto at the slightest mention of a gradient.
Van Aert has multiple Cervélo models at his disposal, and he makes good use of them. His 2021 Tour hat trick included wins on each of the three models in the Jumbo-Visma team bus, including the final stage in Paris aboard an S5 aero bike. We got a closer look at the Belgian national champion’s S5, which is built up with a Dura-Ace drivetrain and wheels and a Fizik saddle.
These images were taken at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but Van Aert will have a Cervélo S5 at his disposal at the Tour de France as well. However, the Belgian national road championship takes place this weekend, so if he doesn’t repeat as champion he could be swapping back to a bike in standard Jumbo-Visma colors.
Van Aert’s Cervélo S5 features a 12-speed Dura-Ace drivetrain and Dura-Ace C50 wheels.
Not even a pro of Van Aert’s caliber has all the latest gear. This is an older generation 11-speed power meter crankset with 53-39 chainrings.
An 11-30T cassette completes the drivetrain.
The S5’s proprietary handlebar-stem combo is by far the most striking in the pro peloton.
The stem provides the bike a unique profile that helps make it one of the fastest options around, and also makes it a runaway favorite for the bike-that-most-resembles-a-hyena award. Do with that information what you will.
The Jumbo-Visma yellow in the seatpost wheel cutout is a nice touch.
That’s an aero looking front end if we’ve ever seen one. Unfortunately for team sponsor FSA, there’s not much in the way of components to supply the S5 owing to its proprietary cockpit and seatpost.
As the Belgian road national champion, Van Aert gets a bike painted to match.
A Fizik Antares saddle is Van Aert’s choice for this most personal of touchpoints.
Jumbo-Visma riders use Garmin computers.