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Gallery: Peter Sagan's special edition Tour de France Specialized S-Works Venge

The former three-time World Champion may no longer have a special jersey but he still has a special bike

Peter Sagan may be harder to spot without his usual National or World Champion's jersey but luckily his Bora-Hansgrohe team have supplied him with a special edition Specialized S-Works Venge so he can stand out from the crowd at this year’s Tour de France.

For Stage 1, starting and finishing in Brussels, the three-time World Champion will be riding his custom-painted Sagan-edition Specialized S-Works Venge.

Riding what looks to be a 56cm frame, Sagan dials in his aggressive position with a mammoth 140mm negative angle stem that’s almost slammed down to the toptube albeit for 15mm of spacers, to counterbalance the Venge’s relatively high front end.

No longer a World or National Champion, Sagan’s bike paint scheme is understated but definitely classy, mixing matte grey with a fluorescent, glittered headtube.

Unlike his teammates who have to settle for after-market stickers, Sagan’s bike is decorated with his name, which is written onto the bike’s top tube. The rider’s iconic PS initials also decorate the bike.

The Bora-Hansgrohe team are riding full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets paired with Specialized’s own dual-sided S-Works power meter.

With a fast and furious opening stage ahead, the Slovakian showman is opting for a 54/42t on the front and what appears to be 11/25 gear ratio on the back, providing a tight range and a huge gear to be pushed in the final sprint.

Cyclist also noticed Sagan’s special satellite shifters that have been slotted into the drops of the handlebars giving him the ability to change gear even when sprinting out of the saddle.

With the prospect of riding the cobbled climbs of the Geraardsbergen and Bosberg, too, you’ll notice that the Bora mechanics have added an after-market seatclamp to Sagan’s bike to add extra assurances that the carbon does not slip when bouncing over the stones.

It’s also interesting to note that both Sagan’s front and rear disc rotors only measured to 140mm. Usually, the 29-year-old opts for a 160mm front and 140mm back so is clearly seeing braking as somewhat of an afterthought for Saturday's first stage.

Specialized also gets its money’s worth by supplying Sagan and his Bora team with its Roval CLX 64 tubular wheels and Specialized S-Works turbo cotton tubular tyres.

The Bora-Hansgrohe team are sponsored by Wahoo and Sagan has opted for the brand’s compact and aerodynamic Elemnt Bolt computer to feed through all of his data.

This bike is undoubtedly going to be involved in some of this year’s most spectacular Tour moments.