To celebrate Nairo Quintana riding himself into the Maglia Rosa on an epic stage 16 yesterday during atrocious conditions and over three mountain passes, Movistar’s bike sponsor Canyon delivered a specially painted pink Ultimate CF SLX for the Colombian to ride today, which should ensure he easily stands out in the peloton.
It has become almost mandatory for equipment sponsors to prepare specially painted frames and kit for riders that wear any of the classification jerseys in each of the three Grand Tours. In fact we're a bit disappointed if they don't get out the yellow or pink paint. So expected it is these days that we fully imagine Canyon had this frame prepared weeks in advance just in case Quintana performed to his potential in the Giro d’Italia. Which he certainly did yesterday on that final mountain climb.
According to Canyon Quintana rides a stock 50cm Ultimate SLX just like the one you can buy from the company. Canyon even offer a replica edition (not the pink one though) with the same distinct Movistar team paint job and Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset and Bora Ultra wheels, for the princely sum of £6,869.60. And of course, it's the same as the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 SL that Mat reviewed last year.
Some of the other equipment suppliers have gotten in on the fun too. Campagnolo have supplied pink hoods which will match the pink bar tape that will surely be wrapped to the handlebars. Fizik have produced pink saddles in previous editions of the race so must have a good stock of them by now, Quintana rides the Antares model. You can see the making of a pink Fizik saddle in this video.
Will he be riding this pink Canyon all the way to Trieste on Sunday?
Thanks to www.canyon.com for use of the photos.
And if you missed the stage yesterday, you really need to watch it. Here are the video highlights.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.