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First look: Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge

Stephen Farrand
March 18, 2011, 18:54 GMT,
March 18, 2011, 19:30 GMT
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, March 19, 2011
Milan-San Remo
The complete package: Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge

The complete package: Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge

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Photo gallery: A preview of Cav's new Milan-San Remo rig

Specialized yesterday launched its newest product, the McLaren Venge, an advanced high modulus carbon fiber frame designed to be as light as possible while increasing aerodynamics and stiffness. Cyclingnews caught sight of Mark Cavendish's bike as he prepares for his shot at a second Milan-San Remo title tomorrow.

Only Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel will be atop the Venge for HTC-Highroad in tomorrow's race.

Note the aerodynamic features of the frame, including "cambered airfoil cross-section seat stays", designed to reduce drag in cross-winds, the tapered head tube/steerer which beefs up stiffness - something important for powerful sprinters - and the bladed fork.

Add in details like the internal cable routing, a specially designed bar/stem combination made just for Cavendish by Pro as well as the electronic Dura-Ace group with SRM power meter, and you have the complete package.

View the photo gallery here.


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