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Check out Sam Bennett's special green Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

21 Sep 2020

Sam Bennett's winning of the green jersey at the 2020 Tour de France came from hard work, grit and determination, and he got to ride into Paris on a special edition green Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 to celebrate.

This was a competition that had for years now been a foregone conclusion. Barring the time he was expelled from the race in 2017, Peter Sagan has ruled the sprinters' classification with an iron fist since 2012. 

Nobody had got close to the three-time World Champion in the last eight years, so much so, it was often considered the forgotten classification such was the lack of fight for the jersey. That was until Bennett came along.

This 29-year-old Irish sprinter, who was born in Belgium and raised in Carrick-on-Suir, was hell-bent on giving this little Tipperary town its second green jersey winner after the king himself, Sean Kelly.

For Bennett, this was retribution. It was Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team that he left at the end of 2019 in search for a ride at the Tour de France, the very race he finished last in just four seasons ago.

With his new Deceuninck-QuickStep team, Bennett arguably rode the perfect race for any sprinter. When the days were flat, he took his opportunities with two stage wins and three further podiums. On the mountain days, he rode to survive to make sure he was always comfortably in the time cut.

Then there were the rolling days, not flat enough for a bunch sprint but not hard enough for the climbers, the terrain that usually gifted Sagan green. This was where Bennett excelled, anchoring to his Slovakian rival's wheel, slowly sucking the life from Sagan's hopes. Stage 19 to Champagnole, that's when Bennett truly earned green.

And for Specialized? Well, it was a win-win scenario, Sagan in green or Bennett in green, it was still its new Tarmac SL7 disc that was catching the headlines.

Importantly for the giant American bike brand, it has claimed that the new Tarmac SL7 could win sprints as easily as it could mountain stages, and it did exactly that.

That new do-all bike came away with four victories across its two teams, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe, with bunch kicks thanks to Bennett and Julian Alaphilippe plus Lennard Kamna taking a win when the road headed skywards.

But it's Bennett who, deservedly, dominates the headlines and more importantly, gets hold of that special limited edition green S-Works Tarmac designed by Specialized's principle concept graphic designer, Kayla Clarot.

The bike, which Bennett raced to victory on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, has been given a green fade paint job with the phrase 'Together We Win' on its top tube, a nod to the race that almost was not and the tireless work of Bennett's teammates and staff.

'We wanted this bike to pull in more than just the single jersey colour to exemplify that it’s never just one colour or one human that makes a change or helps a person be victorious,' Clarot said about designing Bennett's special bike.

'The frame’s intent was to convey a sense of peaceful energy and feel like a breath of fresh air. It’s a moment of celebration and we did it together.'

Specialized will also be releasing this special bike for us amateurs to buy, although you will have to be quick. It will only be producing 100 framesets, costing US$6,500, with part of the profits going towards the Outride Foundation, an 'evidence-based' cycling charity that looks 'to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health'.

A worthy cause profiting from a worthy bike made for a worthy champion.