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Tour de France 2015 Bikes: Peter Kennaugh’s Pinarello Dogma F8

Peter Kennaugh's custom painted Pinarello Dogma F8 to match his national champs jersey

This splendid looking white Pinarello Dogma F8 belongs to British national champion Peter Kennaugh. While the rest of Team Sky, even Chris Froome, make do with regular black Dogma’s, Kennaugh’s bike has been custom painted to match his red, white and blue jersey.

Along with the white finish, the frame is decorated with red and blue graphics, red on one side of the frame and blue on the other. Its simplicity should be applauded - we've seen some pretty lairy custom paint jobs over the years that can be hard on the eyes.

Kennaugh must be getting pretty used to riding a white bike. He also rode a custom painted Pinarello Dogma F8 just like this one through the 2014 season as well. Chances are it's the same bike. It’s a bike that easily stands out in the sea of black Team Sky bikes when they’re lined up alongside the team truck, and must make the other guys a bit jealous.

Special paint job aside, the bike is identical to the regular Team Sky bike. The Dogma F8 was introduced at the 2014 Tour de France, and represented the Italian company’s first road bike influenced by aerodynamic design. All the tube profiles have been shaped to reduce drag, including the fork blades and seatpost. As well as that, Pinarello makes claims for it being more comfortable and stiffer as well.

A reminder of the key stats of the latest Dogma F8:

• 12% stiffer
• 16% more balanced
• 47% less aerodynamic impact
• 120g lighter for frame and fork (size 54)

Elsewhere, it's business as normal. The frame is decked out with Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, with a 53/39t chainset.

It’s interesting to see what crank lengths riders use. Peter is 1.74m tall and uses 170mm cranks.

Fizik sponsors Team Sky and has produced this special white, red and blue Antare to match the frame. Carbon fibre rails shed a bit of weight.

This bike was fitted with an 11-25mm cassette, but most bikes not only in the Team Sky fleet but also in most of the peloton appear to go with 11-28t cassettes. Whether Kennaugh has been racing this cassette we don’t know, this bike was photographed before the race started so he might well have changed it.

He opts for a PRO Vibe aluminium stem in a 140mm length, mated to a similarly aluminium PRO handlebar, with a classic bend, which gets him nice and low at the front.

A couple of spacers, above and below the stem, provide a bit of height adjustment should he need it.

An aluminium K-Edge mount keeps his Garmin in plain sight.

The wheels are standard Dura-Ace C50’s shod with Continental Competition 25mm tubular tyres.

That’s where his race number goes, a neat bracket attached to the rear brake caliper.

Most team bikes have a wrap of tape around the seatpost to mark the saddle height. Team Sky get an extra mark for using a special Sky sticker to do the job.

More bikes from the 2015 Tour de France here.

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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