Israel-Premier Tech have revealed a custom bike design for the Tour de France to match their 'Field of Dreams' kit.
The Factor Ostro VAM TDF Edition has been decked out with the same mixture of blues, purples and greens as the kit unveiled earlier this week, and will certainly make for a striking presence in the peloton when the race starts in Copenhagen tomorrow.
The English brand based in Norfolk has produced a limited run of the Ostro VAM TDF Edition available to buy with SRAM or Shimano groupsets, but says it will only be available to order until July 24.
Jacob Fulglsang and Michael Woods will lead this year's Tour de France bid for Israel-Premier Tech, which also boasts four-time champion Chris Froome in its line-up, and the team is raising money to build a bike centre in Rwanda.
Factor Bikes CEO Rob Gitelis said: "Having our bikes on the start line of any Tour is always exciting but this year there is an additional pleasure.
"We are proud to be a part of the Israel–Premier Tech Field of Dreams initiative, and thrilled that the bike design looks so distinctive. We have high hopes for the team’s performance and great respect for everything the team is doing for the Rwandan cycling community.”
We've grabbed a closer look at Israeli national time trial champion Omer Goldstein's bike. The colourway on the Factor Ostro VAM TDF Edition, like the kit, is inspired by the Rwandan art form known as Imigongo and the most significant detailing is seen on the fork and rear triangle.
While the Black Inc Sixty wheelset – fitted with Maxxis tubeless tyres – Rotor Aldhu chainset, and Black Inc integrated cockpit handlebar and stem remain untouched, the newly released CeramicSpeed OSPW Aero over-sized pulley wheel system in the rear derailleur has not escaped customisation, throwing up an attention-grabbing flash of metallic blue.
CeramicSpeed is also planning tribute to the Grand Depart in Copenhagen by featuring a Danish Flag design on the OSPW Aero on Danish rider Fuglsang’s Ostro VAM, and the team’s Factor Hanzo bikes for the stage one time trial tomorrow.
CeramicSpeed also supply the bearings, headset and bottom bracket, and the bikes are equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed groupset.
The fundraiser for the Field of Dreams bike centre in Rwanda is part of Israel-Premier Tech's Racing for Change project. Donations can be made at www.bit.ly/FODIPT
|Groupset||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 11-speed|
|Brakes||Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 disc|
|Wheelset||Black Inc Sixty|
|Handlebar||Black Inc integrated cockpit|
|Stem||Black Inc integrated cockpit|
|Power meter||Rotor Inspider|
|Pedals||Shimano Dura-Ace R9100|
|Saddle||Selle Italia SLR Boost|
|Derailleur cage||CeramicSpeed OSPW|
|Bottle cages||Elite Leggero Carbon|
|Bar tape||Factor own-brand|
|Computer||Hammerhead Karoo 2|
|Chainrings||54 / 39|
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