Team Garmin-Sharp will be racing the Tour de France on Cervélos in special edition finishes to mark the 100th edition of the race. We featured a picture of the S5 in this new design in Tech Round-up a couple of weeks ago, now we've seen the bikes in the flesh.
If you want to look at Garmin's team bikes in more detail check out our mighty Tour Tech 2013 - Garmin Cervelo gallery.
Up top is the R5 that we spotted Ireland’s Dan Martin riding on a recce in Corsica earlier in the week.
Like the S5 the bike comes with ‘100é’ on the top tube and, up by the head tube junction, an argyled-up silhouette of France with ‘100’ printed in it. Most of the other graphics are in a blue argyle design and the same goes for the inner section of each fork leg.
Britain’s David Millar was on this S5s in similar livery – the S5 being Cervelo’s aero road bike while the R5 has been designed with light weight more in mind.
Of course, there’s a marketing angle… Cervelo, like a number of other manufacturers are fond of bringing out limited edition paint jobs, well you would. The S5 Team LE in this 100th edition Tour de France finish is available at retailers now, although only 150 will be produced worldwide. We don’t have a price but you can be sure it won’t be cheap or even close to cheap. Cervélo haven’t mentioned anything about the S5 version being available commercially, but we’d be surprised if it wasn’t at some stage.
Go to www.cervelo.com for more details.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.