The Hulk has two sides: Peter Sagan’s green jersey bike
In what’s becoming an expected tradition, the brands sponsoring the winner of each classification often go to great lengths to celebrate the victory. From basic things like coloured Boa shoe dials and bar tape, through to custom painted frames, you can bet that by the time the leading rider rolls along the Champs-Élysées, they’ll be dressed tip-to-toe in their victory colour.
Rightly so, Egan Bernal looked like he’d had bucket of yellow paint dropped on him as he came into Paris; while Romain Bardet had an understated but unmistakable Polka-Dot theme to what he was riding (see below). But depending on what side you saw Peter Sagan, he may or may not have looked like the Hulk. That’s because much like Pascal Ackermann’s win of maglia ciclamino at the Giro D’Italia, Sagan’s Specialized Venge was treated to a special two-faced paint job.
To celebrate his seventh green jersey, Sagan rolled into Paris on a frame that was freshly painted in Italy. On the driveside was the expected impossible-to-miss green colouring. On the non-drive-side, an impressively detailed collage depicting elements of the French journey toward Paris. It’s almost the identical concept to what his teammate, Ackermann, rode just a couple of months ago, except Sagan’s sees the two distinct sides of the bike almost bleed into one another.
Beyond the colouring, it’s the same bike setup that Sagan had ridden on flatter sprint stages earlier in the race, an S-Works Venge that James Huang previously took a closer look at. Where hills were involved, including his win on stage five, Sagan rode the S-Works Tarmac, a bike that’s not quite as aerodynamic, but is lighter.
With proceeds going to charity, Specialized had 100 of these hand-painted Venge framesets for sale (still to be painted). Despite being priced at US$7,000 / AU$10,000, they sold out in minutes. Clearly, Sagan sells cycling gear.
The bike of Egan Bernal as of Stage 21.
The bike of Romain Bardet, winner of the mountains classification.