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Alexandre Vinokorouv came into the 2012 Olympic Men's Road Race with just a single teammate, Assan Bazayev. While no country had a 9-man squad, as in the Tour de France, there were nine squads with five a piece: Spain, Italy, Great Britain, the United States, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands. At the end of the day, all Vinokourov needed was a bike and the right moment.
Vinokourov rode an Olympic version of his Team Astana Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4. The only difference in the frame is the paint — neon red, as for all of Specialized’s Olympic riders — and the limited branding that Olympic rules dictate.
Similarly, the Corima wheels that Vino rode were a Carbon Viva S front and a Carbon Aero+ MCC rear, with decaling stripped down to a single logo on each side.
In addition to the number of logos, Olympic rules also specify exactly how tall each logo can be.
The Carbon Aero+ MCC rear wheel lives up to its name with generous serving of carbon fiber. Beyond the 3k/12k 47mm carbon rim, the wheel has a carbon hub and 12 carbon spokes. The rear weighs a claimed 620g.
Vino’s front wheel is somewhat less exotic. The Carbon Viva S uses a 12k carbon rim and 18 metal spokes for a 480g claimed weight
Vino uses a nearly complete SRAM 2012 Red group save the cranks. His S-Works Tarmac SL4 has a 172.5mm S-Works crank with an integrated SRM power meter.
The FSA Plasma Integrated Compact white handlebar and stem boasts a 370g weight.