September 15, 2014 – While yesterday’s Vuelta win may have salvaged Alberto Contador’s season it provided a number of brands with a 2014 Grand Tour victory as well. For Specialized it was its second win after Nibali’s triumph at Le Tour but for SRAM it provided them with a much needed win after being shut out at the Giro and Tour. With Froome failing to best Contador it left Shimano shut out of overall Grand Tour victory for the first time in many seasons.

peloton/Yuzuru Sunada

Here are the details behind the weapons of choice for Alberto Contador’s third, and most unexpected, Vuelta victory – the Specialized 2015 Tarmac and Shiv, all equipped with SRAM Red.


Specialized Tarmac SRAM RED 22
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Frame: Specialized S-Works Tarmac
Groupset: SRAM RED 22
Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap – ErgoDynamic Shifter
Chainrings: SRAM RED 22 chainrings – (130BCD – 53*39)
Front Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 mid-cage
Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink (Front & Rear)
Cassette: SRAM XG-1190 (from 11-25 to 11-30 based on the profile of the stage)
Chain: SRAM RED 22
Bar: Zipp Service Course SL
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
Seat Post: Zipp SL Speed
Wheels: Roval Rapide CLX 40 Tubular
Tires: Specialized S -Works Turbo Tubular

Specialized Shiv SRAM RED 22
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Frame: Specialized Shiv (54cm)
Groupset: SRAM RED 22
Shift Levers: SRAM R2C Aero SL-1190
Brake Levers: SRAM 990 Aero
Chainrings: SRAM Aero chainrings – (130BCD – 55*42)
Front Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 with chain spotter
Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 – short cage
Cassette: SRAM XG-1190 (11-26)

Chain: SRAM RED 22
Wheels: Front – Roval Rapide CLX 60 Clincher,  Rear – Off brand black label disc.
Tires: Specialized Turbo Cotton