Albert Contador has been synonymous with Specialized for the last few seasons, thanks to a contract with the Morgan Hill brand that ensured whatever team he was on, was on Specialized bikes. With the ascension of Peter Sagan, Specialized and Contador parted ways. Contador moved to Trek-Segafredo for 2017 hoping a return to Trek Bicycles will signal a return to grand tour victory for the Spaniard.
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Alberto Contador’s two tour victories, 2007 and 2009, were both on Trek, his 2010 win with Specialized – famous for chain-gate on the Col du Tourmalet – was credited to Andy Schleck due to Contador’s positive clenbuterol test at the race.
Contador also won the Giro and the Vuelta while riding for Trek in 2008 and it is his success in all three grand tours – a very rare feat – that Trek chose to celebrate with this Custom Contador Trek Émonda Project One bike.
Unlike the aero Madone or the classics inspired Domane, the Émonda is a grand tour climber through and through, and the bike Contador will pilot in the high mountains where he will lay the foundation of any grand tour success.
The paint scheme is called Grand Tour Celebración. The base of white with gold pearl is complemented with touches of red, yellow, and pink. Seat tube artwork highlights iconic landmarks of the Giro, Tour, and Vuelta, and features scenes from Contador’s hometown of Pinto, Spain. Contador himself added a personal mantra, “Querer es poder” or “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Team logos add the final “pro” touch to the paint.
The Grand Tour Celebración Émonda’s, like all Trek Project One custom bikes, are painted in Waterloo, Wisconsin and are available now.