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Pro Bike: Tom Dumoulin’s pink maglia rosa Giant TCR Advanced SL race bike

The pink Giant TCR Advanced SL that Tom Dumoulin didn’t get to ride in the Giro

It’s pretty much customary for general classification leaders to ride specially prepared bikes custom painted to match their jersey, but Tom Dumoulin broke with tradition by riding his standard team bike during his time in the maglia rosa in the Giro d’Italia he won at the weekend, the first Dutchman ever to win the Italian grand tour. 

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So to celebrate his victory, Giant Bicycles and Dumoulin’s Sunweb team presented him with this very pink race bike. It’s just a shame he didn’t get to ride it in the race, as unlike the Tour de France with its celebratory final stage, the Giro went down to the wire with a tense final stage time trial. 

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Dumoulin did not ride the pink frame during his time in the maglia rosa, sticking with his stock race frame. The pink bike is the same as his regular Giant TCR Advanced SL, though, the lightest bike in the bike company’s range, with an integrated seatmast and full internal cable and Di2 routing. 

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The build differs slightly from his race bike, which used a mixture of new Dura-Ace 9100 and previous generation 9000 parts. This special bike was completely outfitted with the brand new Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupset and the latest Dura-Ace C60 carbon tubular wheels. 

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The rest of the build kit is the same, Elite bottle cages, a pink Giant Contact SLR saddle and bar tape. 

Dumoulin also used a Pioneer power meter during the race, which doesn’t feature on the new bike, probably because the company hasn’t yet made a version for Shimano’s new Dura-Ace 9100 crankset.

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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J90 | 6 years ago
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Should've ridden it for the days he was in pink though.

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RobD | 7 years ago
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It looks surprisingly good with the exception of the Sunweb sticker which just looks like a bit of an afterthought. My wife was asking about the fact he wasn't riding a 'pinked out' bike while he was in the jersey, I hadn't even noticed. Made him slightly cooler in my eyes by forgoing it.

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Leviathan | 7 years ago
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He probably doesn't need this one again. Can I have it? yes

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alansmurphy | 7 years ago
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I'm not sure why they can't rebadge it (Alan Partridge fans take note) - surely with such huge investments in winning a GT each team could have their own Pink version and just stick the Santini logo on it. In fact it must be bad press for them sponsoring an outfit everyone considers a disadvantage!

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gthornton101 replied to alansmurphy | 7 years ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

I'm not sure why they can't rebadge it (Alan Partridge fans take note) - surely with such huge investments in winning a GT each team could have their own Pink version and just stick the Santini logo on it. In fact it must be bad press for them sponsoring an outfit everyone considers a disadvantage!

 

Maybe it's not possible or allowed?

I remember Froome wearing a terribly fitting yellow skinsuit on a tt at the TdF a year or two ago with his number pinned and flapping around all over the place.  If it were possible to rebadge your own kit then *surely* Sky's marginal gains approach would have this sorted out?

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bobbinogs | 7 years ago
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I suspect Nairo (the very epitome of a pink chipolata) has got quite a lot of pink stuff that didn't get much of an outing over the last 3 weeks  

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Dicklexic replied to bobbinogs | 7 years ago
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Bobbinogs wrote:

I suspect Nairo (the very epitome of a pink chipolata) has got quite a lot of pink stuff that didn't get much of an outing over the last 3 weeks  

 

And the pink TT out fit that he DID get to use looked very suspect too. Pad placement was (to my eyes) way out of position and gave his ass the unfortunate appearance of a baboon!  3

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Yorkshire wallet replied to Dicklexic | 7 years ago
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Dicklexic wrote:

Bobbinogs wrote:

I suspect Nairo (the very epitome of a pink chipolata) has got quite a lot of pink stuff that didn't get much of an outing over the last 3 weeks  

 

And the pink TT out fit that he DID get to use looked very suspect too. Pad placement was (to my eyes) way out of position and gave his ass the unfortunate appearance of a baboon!  3

Probably got it from Aldi.

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CygnusX1 replied to Dicklexic | 7 years ago
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Dicklexic wrote:

Bobbinogs wrote:

I suspect Nairo (the very epitome of a pink chipolata) has got quite a lot of pink stuff that didn't get much of an outing over the last 3 weeks  

 

And the pink TT out fit that he DID get to use looked very suspect too. Pad placement was (to my eyes) way out of position and gave his ass the unfortunate appearance of a baboon!  3

That's the problem with being the incumbent holder of a jersey - you have to wear kit supplied by the kit supplier to the race (Santini in this case) in stock sizes, rather than your own team's supplier (Endura for Movistar) who will custom make them to your size.

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700c | 7 years ago
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Nice. Reminds me of the pink t- mobile TCR's back in the day. I lusted after them too!

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