Attacking over the penultimate climb and charging through the final corners, Peter Sagan held off the peloton to win the 2015 UCI World Road Championships in Richmond, Virginia this September. To celebrate the Slovak’s performance and his upcoming year in the rainbow jersey, Specialized created a custom bike for Sagan.
His S-Works Tarmac’s new paint job showcases the rainbow colors, camouflage, and includes a gold head badge. The design also features the names of all of the previous world champions on the down tube. Finally, the paint includes elements of Slovakia’s flag as a nod to Sagan’s nationality and heritage.
“I didn’t want to be creatively limited by adhering rigidly to the traditional rainbow stripes, so avoiding them was a definite design choice for me,” explained Ron Jones, lead road designer at Specialized. “I choose a black and rainbow base over a more traditional white, and my goal was for this to be disruptive — kind of like Sagan’s personality and style is.”
After viewing the custom bike for the first time, Peter Sagan said, “I really like this bike. I am really satisfied to able to ride it next year together with the rainbow jersey. I’ll have a lot of responsibilities, but I am ready for the challenge.”
Sagan will debut his bike and rainbow jersey at the Abu Dhabi Tour, which starts Thursday.
Lizzy Armitstead, winner of the 2015 women’s worlds road race, will also received a custom Specialized paint scheme to ride along with her rainbow stripes next year. The women’s season is already over, so Armitstead will receive her special bike in the next couple of months, according to Specialized.