Last week we we were back in 2014 stumbling upon a slice of Tour de France history in the halls of Eurobike in the shape of Lars Boom’s Bianchi Infinito CV, this week we’re going to do it again taking you back a few minutes earlier and our encounter with Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod ‘Green machine’ on which a few weeks before he’d snaffled up the win in the Tour de France points classification.
Now sometimes at shows you see a star’s bike, and you have to ask yourself ‘is it really the one he rode?’ They do have more than one, plus unused spares - all good for later marketing purposes. In this case the question didn’t need to be asked, because we’d already encountered the bike back in July in France… plus this one obviously looked ridden - down the Champs Elysees in fact as it was produced especially for the final stage.
Sagan, like a number of pros - Fabian Cancellara springs instantly to mind, didn’t (and I assume still doesn’t ride a stock bike) he had a custom one in fact he had a few. Not sure how that squares with the UCI rules on equipment availability but if the UCI aren’t going to push it… though surely having a longer lower position not available on a stock bike bestows an aero advantage… okay, I’ll leave it. Anyway Cannondale made a mould just for Sagan (they must’ve really liked him) to give him the super-aggressive position he liked, basically a 54cm bike head tube matched up to a 58cm bike top tube… rangy.
As you can see from the pics the bike was built up with SRAM Red (with green hoods), Vision Metron very deep section rims, carbon stem/alloy bar combo the pros seem to like plus a nice Fizik Aliante saddle. The photos don’t do it’s green sparkliness justice.
A few weeks after we saw the Green Machine at Eurobike Cannondale announced a limited edition of 100 Green Machine SuperSix Evo Hi Mod bikes built on stock geometry and with a stack of extras including a very nice bike box.
A few weeks after that Sagan made his debut for Saxo Tinkoff riding his new Specialized Venge.
(To be fair, as he’d signed for Tinkoff in August it wasn’t as if Cannondale didn’t know it was coming. Wonder what they did with the mould?)
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.