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Check out Wout van Aert's custom Paris-Roubaix bike

Joe Robinson
4 Apr 2018

A cobbled-inspired paint-job and a few personal touches make this a special bike for the young Belgian

Chris Froome has his rhino-inspired Pinarello Dogma F8. Vincenzo Nibali went for a shark-emblazoned Specialized S-Works Tarmac and Alberto Contador had his 'Grand Tour celebrating' Trek Emonda SLR. Custom-painted bikes have very much become the en vogue thing for cycling's very best and the latest rider to receive this luxury is Wout van Aert.

Posting on twitter ahead of his Paris-Roubaix debut this Sunday, the young Belgian showcased his special Stevens Xenon road bike covered in a custom paint job with a strong Roubaix theme.

The glossy black paintjob may seem a little understated but when you have a closer look you will notice some pretty extravagant details most notably on the headtube. 

The triple cyclocross World Champion has opted for his own face to be sketched on to the bike's headtube in a muralesque fashion similar to those found on the side of homes around the world depicting a local hero.

The head of van Aert also sits neatly atop a collection of cobblestones, a hat-tip to this weekend's race. This cobbled theme continues across the bike with the print also appearing on the seat and headtube. 

The rider's name is emblazoned further down the seattube in a blue that matches his Verandas Willems-Crelan team kit. To top the bike off the seat stays have also had the phrase 'Go Hard or Go Home' printed on, particularly apt for the 'Queen of the Classics'.

In terms of the technical aspects of this bike, there are some also some interesting points of interest.

Firstly, it appears that the 23-year-old will be riding a cat-lever brake on the tops of his bars as an added insurance policy for the unpredictable cobbles.

This is becoming a rising trend for cyclocross stars racing Paris-Roubaix with Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) also opting for the use of this third brake lever in the past.

The Verandas Willems-Crelan team will also be riding on complete SRAM Red eTap with matching Zipp 303 wheels completed with Schwable G One gravel tyres.

It also appears that van Aert has plucked for a larger chainset, as riders usually do for Roubaix, although it can not be sure what ratio he is riding from these photos.

Image Credit: Wout van Aert's twitter page