The tradition of custom painted bikes to match classification jerseys in the Tour de France isn't a long one but it's one that has been fully embraced in recent years, but they rarely are made publicly available to buy. Colnago is bucking that trend and is offering 135 of Thomas Voeckler's Colnago C59 Italia Team Edition frame decorated with polka dots.
Why just 135? That's to commemorate the points the Frenchman accumulate in the climber's classification and secure him the overall prize as he rolled into Paris last Sunday. He rode the specially painted C59 on that short stage, with matching helmet, gloves, shorts and socks.
“Thomas is one of the heroes of the Tour de France and so it’s only right we celebrate his success with a special bike,” Ernesto Colnago said.
“We were inspired by the way he won his stages, especially the stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon; that was a real show of Thomas’ panache and character. He also took the polka-dot jersey that day and then kept it all the way to Paris. We’re very proud that he and other other riders at Team Europcar used the new Colnago C59 Italia and M10 S Team Edition bikes.”
We're told by Colnago's UK distributor Windwave that the limited edition frame will cost the same as a regular C59, and it will be available in September. We expect the frame to be high demand so you'd best join the queue
More info at www.windwave.co.uk
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.