04 November 2011

Image of the Day: Specialized Venge

Team Omega Pharma-Quickstep's new bike 
2012 Specialized S-Works Venge - what a lucky team to ride this machine.
Team Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2012 Specialized Venge
In 2011 the team previously rode Canyon bikes (Omega Pharma) and Merckx bikes (Quick Step). Now that the team has changed title sponsorship, they are also changing equipment sponsorship. After sponsoring HTC-Highroad, Astana and Saxo Bank-Sungard in 2011, Specialized will be taking on the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team along with Astana and Saxo-Bank Sungard, and remaining with the Specialized-Lululemon (former HTC-Highroad) women's team for 2012. Specialized will supply the teams with Tarmac SL4, Venge, Roubaix SL3 road bikes, Shiv TT time trial bikes, and helmets. 
I imagine this is one happy team to be back on Specialized bikes after the recent engineering changes and tremendous race results in the 2011 season. It is understood that some riders made their decision to sign with the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team based on the equipment sponsorships. The new Omega Pharma-Quickstep riders who will be joining Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavenel on a Specialized bike in 2012 include: Tony Martin, Levi Leipheimer, Peter Velits, Martin Velits, Stijn Vandebergh, Matteo Trentin, Michal Golas, Michal Kwiatkowski, Frantisek Rabon, Andrew Fenn, Matthew Brammeier, Bert Grabsch, Kristof Vandewalle, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, and Gert Steegmans. 
Lucky team, lucky riders.  

Update 01/02/12: Please view the gallery of the team and their new Venge bikes by CyclingNews.com: Gallery: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step riders in their new kit
Update 03/16/12: View Tom Boonen's new McLaren Venge bike: Recommended Viewing: Boonen's McLaren Venge

Related posts by PedalDancer.com read: Specialized bikes (see many more pictures of Specialized frames and read about the different frame models).

What a beauty! I noticed that this new bike is in the Pedal Dancer team colors and so for the 2012 season I am changing team bikes from my 2011 Pedal Dancer Ridley frame to this frame.

Read and see more images of Specialized Bikes on Pedal Dancer.