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Pro bike: Alberto Contador's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4

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Alberto Contador’s (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) principal 2013 Tour de France bike was this custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4

Alberto Contador’s (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) principal 2013 Tour de France bike was this custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4
(Image credit: Sean Estes/Specialized)
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The red, yellow and pink mean only one thing: Contador’s status as winner of the three Grand Tours of Italy, France and Spain

The red, yellow and pink mean only one thing: Contador’s status as winner of the three Grand Tours of Italy, France and Spain
(Image credit: Sean Estes/Specialized)
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Contador used SRAM Red WiFLi for the mountains: a longer rear derailleur arm means the bike can take an 11-28 cassette. Zipp 202 Firecrests are Saxo-Tinkoff Bank’s mountain wheel choice

Contador used SRAM Red WiFLi for the mountains: a longer rear derailleur arm means the bike can take an 11-28 cassette. Zipp 202 Firecrests are Saxo-Tinkoff Bank’s mountain wheel choice
(Image credit: Sean Estes/Specialized)
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Contador is known as 'El Pistolero' for his trademark pistol shot salute after stage wins and on the podium

Contador is known as 'El Pistolero' for his trademark pistol shot salute after stage wins and on the podium
(Image credit: Sean Estes/Specialized)
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Contador’s signature is embossed on the fork

Contador’s signature is embossed on the fork
(Image credit: Sean Estes/Specialized)
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Alberto Contador’s (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) principal 2013 Tour de France bike was this custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4

Alberto Contador’s (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) principal 2013 Tour de France bike was this custom painted Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4
(Image credit: Sean Estes/Specialized)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

No one can deny Alberto Contador’s (Saxo-Tinkoff) attacking flair during the 2013 Tour de France. First he fought Chris Froome (Team Sky) for the yellow jersey and then, in the Alps, tried for a spot on the podium.

The Spaniard eventually finished fourth in the final general classification, slipping down in the rankings in the last few stages after some determined riding by Froome, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

The machine that saw him through the 2013 Tour was a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4. Contador rode a custom painted Tarmac SL4 at the start of the Tour, the simple three-colour design drawing on his status as winner of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Unfortunately, the bike was damaged in a crash on stage 16, and the 30-year-old swapped back to this identical – save for the paintwork – spare for the remainder of the mountain stages.

Contador has already secured one Grand Tour victory on a Specialized – the 2012 Vuelta a España.

In this video, Sean Estes from Specialized takes us through the bike, which was set up for the mountain stages at the time:

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 (54cm)
Fork: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4
Headset: Specialized S-Works
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL (classic bend 44cm outside-outside)
Tape: Specialized Roubaix
Front brake: SRAM Red
Rear brake: SRAM Red
Levers: SRAM Red DoubleTap
Front derailleur: SRAM Red yaw
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red mid cage
Cassette: SRAM Red XG1090 11-28
Chain: SRAM Red PC1091
Crankset: Specialized S-Works (172.5mm)
Bottom bracket: Ceramic Speed
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Wheelset: Zipp 202 Firecrest
Rear tire: Specialized tubular
Saddle: Prologo
Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed Carbon
Bottle cages: Tacx Deva Carbon (2)

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.76m (5ft 9in)
Rider's weight: 62kg (136lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 74.1cm
Tip of saddle nose to c of bar: 576mm
Head tube length: 140mm
Top tube length: 548mm
Total bicycle weight: 6.91kg (15.23lb)