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Pro bike: Alberto Contador’s Specialized Shiv

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Feb. 22, 2011

Pro bike: Alberto Contador's Specialized Shiv

Just hours after being cleared by the Spanish Cycling Federation, Alberto Contador took the start line at the Volta ao Algarve. On stage 5, he piloted his new Specialized Shiv to 15th place, 45 seconds behind stage winner Tony Martin.

The five-time grand tour winner has always been impressive in races against the clock. While his debut ride may have lacked some punch, his Specialized Shiv is nonetheless impressive. His personal mechanic, Faustino Munoz Camlion, obsesses over the details on Contador’s bike and it shows. Custom arm rests, special cables and tape over water bottle bosses and chainring bolts are all signs of a “no stone left unturned” approach to bike tuning.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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