Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) will race his first Ronde van Vlaanderen aboard a modified Scott Addict.
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Tweaked for the cobbles
HTC-Columbia star sprinter Mark Cavendish will race his first Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday aboard a carbon fiber Scott Addict slightly adjusted to better handle the rough cobbles and often treacherously slick conditions typical of the Belgian spring classic.
Dimensional changes are subtle, amounting to just a few millimeters of additional wheelbase for stability and a touch more tire clearance at either end to accommodate the relatively fat 25mm Continental Pro Limited ProTection tubulars. Subbing in for the usual integrated seatmast is a softer-riding PRO Vibe conventional telescoping carbon post.
In addition, team-only one-piece dropouts with a non-replaceable derailleur hanger are fitted to the rear end and Scott's HMF carbon fiber blend is used instead of the stiffer HMX mix usually used on Cavendish's standard road bike – meaning this one is heavier, but also likely more damage tolerant as well.
Several of the component choices are unique to Cavendish's Flanders bike relative to those of his teammates. For one, he continues to use the standard Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 group instead of the electronic Di2 version used by most of the HTC-Columbia team. According to the team mechanics, Cavendish and the other sprinters on the squad prefer the feel and tactile feedback of the mechanical levers and are thus willing to forego some of the convenient Di2 niceties such as the recently introduced top-mounted remote shifters.
Conditions allowing, Cavendish will also run deep-section HED carbon tubular wheels while most of the other guys will run the Ambrosio box-section aluminum rims typical of the harsher cobbled races.
Other component highlights include aluminum-bodied Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals and the company's prototype carbon-specific brake blocks, the SRM power meter with updated 7900-compatible chainring spider, a fi'zi:k Arione CX Carbon saddle, and familiar finishing kit from PRO with Cavendish's trademark massive Vibe Track stem and anatomic-bend Vibe 7S aluminum bar.
Cav's position has changed slightly from previous seasons, too. While the saddle height and bar positions are virtual matches from the end of last season, the explosive sprinter now sits ever so slightly further forward with a setback decreased from 46mm to 41mm.
Cavendish officially says that he's not in this year's race to win, though he expressed similar sentiment prior to last year's victory at Milano-Sanremo, proving that he's not just a sprinter. If past runnings of De Ronde are any indication, though, stranger things have happened.
Complete bike specifications:
Frame: Scott Addict team-only edition with longer stays, non-replaceable hanger and HMF carbon fiber blend
Fork: Scott Addict team-only edition with additional tire clearance
Headset: Ritchey WCS press-fit
Stem: PRO Vibe Track, 13cm x -10°
Handlebars: PRO Vibe 7S, 42cm (c-c)
Tape/grips: PRO Smart-Silicon
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 with prototype carbon-specific blocks
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 with prototype carbon-specific blocks
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-7900
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-7900-F
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace RD-7900-SS
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-7900
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900
Crankset: SRM Wireless PowerMeter Dura-Ace 7900 Compatible
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace press-fit SMI-FC7900
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL PD-7810
Wheelset: HED Stinger 60 Flamme Rouge tubular
Front tire: Continental Pro Limited Competition ProTection tubular, 25mm
Rear tire: Continental Pro Limited Competition ProTection tubular, 25mm
Saddle: fi'zi:k Arione CX Carbon braided
Seat post: PRO Vibe
Bottle cages: Elite Ciussi Gel
Computer: SRM PowerControl VI
Other accessories: custom carbon fiber number plate holder
Rider's height: 1.75m (5' 9")
Rider's weight: 69kg (152lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 698mm
Saddle setback (ask mechanic): 41mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 527mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 460mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 550mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 70mm
Head tube length: 120mm
Top tube length: 535mm (horizontal)
Total bicycle weight: 7.57kg (16.69lb)
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