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Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Joe Robinson
17 Apr 2018

Miguel Angel Lopez wins the summit finish at the Tour of the Alps but we are more interested in his bike

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) raced to victory on Stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps leaving the likes of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) in his wake. It was an impressive performance from the man they call Superman as he asserts his presence as a hot prospect in General Classification riding.

However, here at Cyclist HQ it was not his performance that caught our eye but rather his stunning custom-painted bike.

The Colombian is currently riding the Tour of the Alps upon his Argon 18 Gallium Pro team bike which has been finished in a space age blue glitter fade complete with silver branding on the downtube.

The unique paintwork came thanks to Argon 18's very own Alexandre Saint-Jalm who worked closely with Bristol-based Colourburn Studio for this bespoke coloured finish.

The designers have also tipped their hat to the Astana man's nickname 'Superman' with the phrase 'Es un avion, es una ave, no es Superman Lopez' printed on the bike's toptube alongside a modified 'Superman' S logo to finish things off.

The nickname came from an unfortunate event when Lopez was younger. At 16, Lopez was stabbed in the leg as thieves attempted to steal his bike.

Beyond the paint work, the bike is no different to those of his teammates. FSA provided its K-Force Light crankset alongside the majority of finishing kit.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shifting and brakes finish off the groupset. French brand Corima provide wheels and Look are the pedals of choice for Lopez.

The young Colombian will be hoping this special bike brings him further luck as he sets his sights on the Giro d'Italia next month.

With Fabio Aru (UAE-Team Emirates) no longer with the Kazakh team, much pressure will sit on the shoulders of Lopez in terms of stage racing.

'Superman' Lopez is only 24-years-old yet has already taken two stages at the Vuelta a Espana alongside overall victory at the Tour de Suisse and the one-day Milano-Torino classic.

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