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Gallery: Elia Viviani's Tour de France stage winning Specialized S-Works Venge

An in-depth look at the fastest bike in the Tour de France peloton*

Joe Robinson
10 Jul 2019

Deceuninck-Quickstep's Elia Viviani proved a class above the rest as he sprinted to Stage 4 victory in Nancy after a perfectly executed lead out by teammates Michael Morkov and Max Richeze.

The combination of expert teamwork and explosive sprint propelled Viviani ahead of the likes of Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan to a win that he ultimately took quite comfortably.

The bike he rode to victory also played its part in the Belgian team's second win in as many days and Cyclist got to have a little look at this weapon of choice before the race began.

Being an out-and-out fastman, it is of no surprise that Viviani opts for the Specialized S-Works Venge disc as his go-to bike considering it is the aerodynamic option in the American brand's range.

Racing on the edge, it is also of no surprise that the Italian rider's bike has a relatively aggressive set-up with a large saddle to handlebar drop and the stem almost slammed down to the frame.

Staying aero and aggressive, the bike utilises an integrated 220mm stem and S-Works Aerofly II bars which have been neatly wrapped in Supercaz tape.

Shimano is groupset supplier for Deceuninck-QuickStep with Viviani naturally settling for its top-of-the-range Dura-Ace Di2 disc groupset.

The 30-year-old runs a standard 53/39 set of chainrings on the front - with integrated Dura-Ace power meter - yet we found it interesting that he had settled on a 30t sprocket on his cassette, potentially a get-out clause for some of the steep climbs experienced early in the race.

Deceuninck have also fitted a K-Edge chain catcher to the front derailleur, a trend we noticed across many teams at the race.

The entire Deceuninck-Quickstep team are riding disc-brake only for 2019 with Viviani opting for 140mm rotors, smaller than some of his competitors, such as Peter Sagan, who often opt for 160mm rotors.

Specialized's sponsorship of the team also extends to wheel provider in which subsidiary brand Roval is the supplier. Viviani has gone for a set of CLX 50 tubular wheels paired with Specialized S-Works turbo tubular tyres.

Viviani also uses the Bryton 450 GPS computer as the channel of all his data.

In terms of paint job, Viviani's bike is in the standard team colours which includes the outline of a wolf's head on the toptube to signify the team's nickname of the Wolfpack. 

Viviani's victory yesterday was seriously impressive so do not be surprised if you see this bike snapping up a few more victories this July. 

*technically