Peter Sagan's S-Works Tarmac SL7 for the World Championships

Peter Sagan World Championships Tarmac SL7
Peter Sagan World Championships Tarmac SL7 (Image credit: Josh Croxton)

Despite Peter Sagan leaving Bora-Hansgrohe at the end of the season for UCI ProTeam outfit Team TotalEnergies, the 2021 UCI Road World Championships won't be his last on a Specialized bike. The three-time world champion is a man with an immense brand image and substantial marketing clout, and as such, in the wake of the news of his signing, Specialized followed suit and announced a deal with the second-division team.

As a three-time world champion, the Slovakian clearly has the mental fortitude to win Sunday's race, but following a decline in his once-clinical form over recent years, many have already written him off as Wout Van Aert (Belgium), Mathieu Van der Poel  (Netherlands) and Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) steal the headlines. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Sagan cannot be completely discounted on what is ultimately a route that suits his strengths. 

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FrameSpecialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
GroupsetShimano Dura-Ace R9170 Di2
Pulley wheelCeramicSpeed XTR 14-tooth
BrakesShimano Dura-Ace R9170 Hydraulic Disc
WheelsetRoval Rapide CLX
StemSpecialized Tarmac Stem
HandlebarsRoval Rapide
Power MeterShimano Dura-Ace R9100-P
PedalsShimano Dura-Ace R9100
SaddleS-Works Romin Evo
TyresSpecialized Turbo Cotton
ComputerWahoo Elemnt Bolt
Computer MountSpecialized BarFly proprietary
Bottle CagesSpecialized Carbon Rib Cage

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.