Our friends at
Road Cycling UK got the chance to get up close and personal recently with Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali’s shark-themed ride.
Nibali’s monster is pretty insane, so we dug out the sickest bikes and custom paint jobs to have graced the Tour since it first began. Check out our findings here:
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The Shark - Vincenzo Nibali, 2014
As far as custom paint jobs go, Vincenzo Nibali’s is pretty hard to beat. The rider has absolutely smashed the Tour so far this year, and he certainly has the bike to match his mentality. The shark-based bike was inspired by the Italian’s nickname The Shark of Messina, and rocking the big teeth of the beast on its headtube, as pictured below, it'll certainly turn some heads.
Picture: George Scott/Factory Media
Picture : George Scott/Factory Media
The Hulk - Peter Sagan, 2013
Slovakian rider Peter Segan has become renowned now for his sick pain jobs. After winning stage six of the Tour in 2012, Segan gave us a Hulk celebration which has seen him become synonymous with the Marvel man in the cycling world. This Supersix Evo features the eyes of the comic book character on the top tube, with the rest of the frame painted splattered green and white. Check out the details below.
The Tourminator - Peter Sagan, 2012
The king of the custom paint job struck first in 2012. Arguably the pick of the lot, Peter Sagan’s Tourminator is absolutely awesome. Sagan took on the Terminator moniker in 2009, and when it was translated into bike-form the results were insane. The Cannondale SuperSix Evo boasts a skeleton on the headtube and generally just looks pretty badass. Scroll down for the best bits.
The Winner - Bradley Wiggins, 2012
After Fabian Cancellara had dawned a blaringly bold yellow Trek Domane in the 2012 Tour, Sir Bradley Wiggins, CBE wasn’t going to be outdone when he took the yellow jersey following Cancellara’s withdrawl. Wiggins was provided with a yellow Pinarello Dogma 2, and of course went on to win the contest.
The King of the Mountains - Thomas Voeckler, 2012
This Colnago C59 got a makeover ahead of stage 11 of the Tour two years ago, after Frenchman Thomas Voeckler won stage 10 of the event to take the lead in the King of the Mountains class. White hoods and polka dots all over the place. When Voeckler eventually finished with the polka dot jersey in Paris, 135 of these frames were sold to the public in celebration.
The Funk - Greg Lemond, 1990
The LeMondster was known for his colourful bikes, and this beauty did not let his reputation down. Officially now the only American to have won the Tour de France, LeMond took home the title on three occasions, in 1986, in 1989 and in 1990, where he rode this colour-bursting bike. Picture: C.Cal.Shoot
The Retro — Felice Gimondi, 1967
Another strong choice of colour on this bright Bianchi from Italian rider Felice Gimondi, the winner of the 1965 Tour. After winning the Tour in his first year as a pro, Gimondi would not win the event again, but he remain only one of five cyclists to have won all three Grand tours of road cycling – the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia, the latter of which he won three times.
The Royal - Ottavio Bottecchia, 1924
They may not have made use of it for their photographs back then, but it turns out they actually did have colour back in 1924. This bold purple AuTomoTo-Hutchison was the choice of Ottavio Bottechia, who would become he first Italian winner of the Tour de France that year, before dying in mysterious circumstances linked with the reign of Benito Mussolini three years later.
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