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Check out Julian Alaphilippe's World Champion edition Specialized Tarmac

Joe Robinson
2 Oct 2020

If you win a big race, you get a special bike, those are the rules for professional cyclists

Win a big race, get a special bike, that's how it goes in professional cycling. Take the Giro Rosa, ride to Paris-Roubaix glory, or win the Tour de France's yellow jersey, and there will likely be a special steed from your team's bike sponsor in it for you afterwards.

There are no exceptions for becoming elite men's road race World Champion, either. Recently crowned Julian Alaphilippe will not only be getting that coveted rainbow jersey for the next 12 months to celebrate his excellent performance in Imola. The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider has also been handed a special Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 bike for his efforts too.

Presented to him ahead of his rainbow debut at Liege-Bastogne-Liege this weekend, Alaphilippe's new Tarmac is subtle and understated, quite the antithesis of its rider, a man who exudes panache and raw emotion with almost every pedal stroke.

Rather than mirror Alaphilippe's personality, the bike hints at his World Championship with a fade of rainbow throughout the bike's rear triangle, downtube and fork. 

There are also some little touches that Specialized added to the bike for the Frenchman. The top tube is adorned with his name in gold, as well as his nickname 'Alafpolak'. It also features the Wolfpack logo, now synonymous with the Deceuninck-QuickStep team.

But apart from that, it is far from a bike that is all bling. I guess rather than having his bike do the talking, Alaphilippe will leave it all down to his legs, or so it seems when he commented on receiving the bike.

'I was already happy to be back again with my teammates and this great staff, but to have this bike waiting for me was a truly beautiful surprise,' said Alaphilippe, next to his new bike.

'It’s a pleasure to receive this gem here at the hotel and know that it will be mine for a whole year, during which I intend to show it at the front of the races as much as possible.'

The big question now is: will Julian Alaphilippe be the white shorts kind of World Champion? We have an inkling he just might be but who knows? Only time will tell.

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