From pre-stage autographs to post-race celebrations - camera follows an Astana team very much in the pink

No time trial on the last day of this year's Giro meant race winner Vincenzo Nibali could take things easy* on the final day's sprinter-friendly run into Brescia, and this video from Astana bike supplier Specialized shows the Sicilian and his team in relaxed mood on the day he clinched victory in his home Grand Tour.

Astana's bikes were kitted out with pink bartape for the occasion - all apart from that of Nibali, who probably decided he was wearing enough of the colour already, and possibly also thought it would clash with the lovely deep blue and white paintjob that Specialized have devised for him.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that the first bike he's seen riding in the film, presumably on his way to sign on, is a standard team number with black bartape - on the opening day of the race in Naples, Astana told us that Nibali isn't someone who leaves anything to chance and can have several bikes on hand during a race in case his luck takes a really bad turn.

* He could, of course, have tried to add the points jersey to the maglia rosa and was leading that competition at the start of the day, but chose not to contest it, a fact not unappreciated by Mark Cavendish who - by pure coincidence - also rides Specialized.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


Al__S [1278 posts] 4 years ago

Nothing excuses the pink shorts. possibly the only colour worse than either white or Astana blue. More teams should have black shorts regardless of jersey colour, and more champions should stick with black- Wiggins, Cavendish get this...