Katusha’s Joaquim Rodríguez finished 2012 at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings and to celebrate this Canyon have given him a specially finished Aeroad for this week's Volta a Catalunya stage race.
The Spanish rider (his nickname in the peloton is Purito, Spanish for little cigar) won the Volta a Catalunya in 2010 and will be hoping for a repeat victory this year. Whether he manages that or not, he’ll certainly stand out in the peloton on his slick looking bike.
There’s a strong tradition of manufacturers supplying their star riders with custom paint job bikes, it gives them the opportunity to stray away from standard livery and show off. Rodriguez isn’t a stranger to the delights of a specially painted bike, having received a pink detailed special for the Giro last year.
The usual team bikes are finished with a black livery, but Rodriquez will roll out on a frame painted white with blue details. There’s a sticker proclaiming his 2012 WorldTour victory on the head tube, and a WorldTour sticker on the seat tube. His nickname is printed along the top tube.
Colours aside, it’s business as usual. A Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 10-speed groupset takes care of gear changes and braking. Mavic supply the deep-section Cosmic wheels, Ritchey the handlebar and stem, a Canyon seatpost and Selle Italia saddle.
At 5’ 7” he isn’t the pelotons tallest rider, and opts for a short 11cm stem. It’s slammed though, not a spacer in sight. Standard.
So, if you’re watching the race this week, keep an eye out for Purito and his special bike.
Check out the entire list of 2013 WorldTour bikes here.
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.