Ahead of yesterday's stage 18 of this year’s Giro d’Italia, Gian Paolo Mondini from Specialized took time out to go through Vincenzo Nibali’s bike for the mountain time trial.
The rider and his staff rode reconnaissance over the 20.6 kilometre stage in the morning and Mondini described to Cyclingnews what bike Nibali would be racing. The maglia rosa chose a Tarmac, one of Specialized’s flagship road models, instead of a time trial machine.
Wheels were also a factor, and Mondini ran through the components Nibali would ride with, right down the gear selection. Mondini predicted that the rider would possibly crack the top three on the stage, but Nibali used the stage to demonstrate his unbeatable form, winning by almost a minute.