Samuel Sanchez won Thursday’s stage on Luz-Ardiden in front of a hometown crowd (all the Basques that flock to the Pyrenean stages). He rode across the line on a spare bike after a crash earlier in the stage. Here’s the Orbea Orca that he started on.
In honor of his Beijing victory the bike received a custom paint job spotted with the number eight, a lucky number in China (the date of the opening ceremony was 8/8/08 at 8:08 pm). His bike also gets gold touches on the cables, chain, derailleur pulleys, skewers, bar tape and saddle.
Seat height: 77.9 cm
Reach from saddle nose to handlebar center: 59.7 cm
Crank arm length: 175 mm
Stem length: 14 cm
Handlebar width: 42 cm
Orange accent SRM
Sanchez rides with an SRM to track his efforts. The crank arms are 175mm long and he, like many Shimano athletes, uses carbon 7900 pedals. The Spanish climber also has a Stronglight 38-tooth chainring installed.
Long and low
Sanchez rides a 14 cm stem which sits directly on the headset cap. The Di2 accessory shifter is popular among climbers.
3 years pn
August 9, 2008 was a big day for Samuel Sanchez, the day he won the Olympic road race in Beijing. The gold theme of his Orbea celebrates that victory everytime he starts a race.
Lucky number 8
Eight is a lucky number in China and that's the Beijing Games started on the August 8 of 2008. Sanchez must count the number as lucky too, it covers his bike. The Ride for Japan sticker is to help the victims of Japan's recent earthquakes and tsunami.
The custom carbon number holders that Euskatel-Euskadi have are really cool. They're so stealth you almost miss them altogether.
Gold alloy jockey wheels, gold skewers and a gold chain grace Sanchez's Orbea Orca. The chain is a KMC, but mechanics used a Shimano pin to connect it.
Bling bike for Olympic champ
Samuel Sanchez is a GC favorite at this year's Tour de France. He's also the defending Olympic road race champion. His gold-accented Orbea Orca is not at garish as some custom bikes, but it still pops.