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Pro bike: Dan Martin's Cervélo S3

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Sadly, this Garmin Edge 510 computer won't record any more road miles at this year's Giro d'Italia

Sadly, this Garmin Edge 510 computer won't record any more road miles at this year's Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The -17-degree stem offers a lower handlebar position than would have been possible with a typical -6-degree one, even with a short headset cover installed

The -17-degree stem offers a lower handlebar position than would have been possible with a typical -6-degree one, even with a short headset cover installed (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano sponsored teams overwhelmingly run the electronic Dura-Ace Di2 transmission over the mechanical version

Shimano sponsored teams overwhelmingly run the electronic Dura-Ace Di2 transmission over the mechanical version (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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An all-aluminum front end for Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp)

An all-aluminum front end for Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) bike is equipped with traditional-bend bars

Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) bike is equipped with traditional-bend bars (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 battery is mounted beneath the down tube where it's easily accessible for charging

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 battery is mounted beneath the down tube where it's easily accessible for charging (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Cervélo makes full use of the extra-wide BBright bottom bracket format

Cervélo makes full use of the extra-wide BBright bottom bracket format (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp is using Shimano electronic shifting nearly across the board. The unused housing stop on the down tube is capped with a simple plug

Garmin-Sharp is using Shimano electronic shifting nearly across the board. The unused housing stop on the down tube is capped with a simple plug (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Cervélo S3 is Garmin-Sharp's workhorse with an aero shape but still a reasonably comfortable ride and good handling

The Cervélo S3 is Garmin-Sharp's workhorse with an aero shape but still a reasonably comfortable ride and good handling (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) - and seemingly, all of Ireland - had high hopes for this year's Giro d'Italia but his race ended mere minutes after it started

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) - and seemingly, all of Ireland - had high hopes for this year's Giro d'Italia but his race ended mere minutes after it started (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers are fitted with Shimano carbon-specific pads

Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers are fitted with Shimano carbon-specific pads (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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These tires wear Mavic hot stamps but they've clearly been rebadged. The standard Mavic Yksion GripLink tubular has a completely different tread and is just 23mm wide

These tires wear Mavic hot stamps but they've clearly been rebadged. The standard Mavic Yksion GripLink tubular has a completely different tread and is just 23mm wide (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp uses any number of different Mavic wheels

Garmin-Sharp uses any number of different Mavic wheels (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Cervélo claims that the S3 down tube's aerodynamic profile was shaped with water bottles in mind

Cervélo claims that the S3 down tube's aerodynamic profile was shaped with water bottles in mind (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Fi'zi:k offers its sponsored riders a wide range of options. Here, Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) Antares model is built with a carbon fiber shell and k:ium metal rails

Fi'zi:k offers its sponsored riders a wide range of options. Here, Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) Antares model is built with a carbon fiber shell and k:ium metal rails (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 front derailleur is backed up with Rotor's adjustable chain catcher

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 front derailleur is backed up with Rotor's adjustable chain catcher (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The aero carbon fiber seatpost offers two different setback positions. Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) fi'zi:k Antares is clamped in the forward position here

The aero carbon fiber seatpost offers two different setback positions. Dan Martin's (Garmin-Sharp) fi'zi:k Antares is clamped in the forward position here (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Camelbak bottles are held tightly with Arundel Mandible carbon fiber cages

Camelbak bottles are held tightly with Arundel Mandible carbon fiber cages (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Garmin-Sharp team is finally using Garmin Vector power meter pedals after a long development delay

The Garmin-Sharp team is finally using Garmin Vector power meter pedals after a long development delay (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Whereas cranksets were once open and airy, nowadays they're virtually solid discs

Whereas cranksets were once open and airy, nowadays they're virtually solid discs (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shift wires are paired to the brake housing with strips of electrical tape

Shift wires are paired to the brake housing with strips of electrical tape (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Hometown favorite Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) was set to ride this Cervélo S3 in this year's Giro d'Italia before an unfortunate crash in the opening team time trial forced him to retire

Hometown favorite Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) was set to ride this Cervélo S3 in this year's Giro d'Italia before an unfortunate crash in the opening team time trial forced him to retire (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) had major goals heading into this year's Giro d'Italia. With exceptional form just ahead of the start in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and having grown up just a few hours away, he was a huge hometown favorite.

Fans were trying to pry open the doors of the team bus just to catch a glimpse of him. It all went wrong during the open team trial though, and the Cervélo S3 that he would have used for this year's road stages sadly won't see any use.

While Garmin-Sharp riders have a range of Cervélo frame models to choose from, team mechanic Geoff Brown tells BikeRadar that the S3 is far and away the most popular choice. According to Brown, riders appreciate the bike's aerodynamic shape but also the smoother ride and more versatile handling as compared to the more extreme S5 model.

That versatility is reflected in the frame's design. Deep cross-sections are used throughout the main frame and fork blades but the seat stays are comparatively tiny. Down below, meaty chain stays and an extra-wide BBright bottom bracket shell with bulbous adjoining tubes promise excellent power transfer.

The build kit is all business. Highlights include a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 transmission (but with no supplemental shift buttons), speedy 40mm deep Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 carbon tubular wheels, a stiff Rotor 3D+ hollow-machined aluminum crankset with a solid spider and solid outer chainring, and an all-aluminum cockpit from 3T with a traditional bend and a thin, single layer of grippy tape.

Martin would have sat upon a fi'zi:k Antares saddle with a carbon fiber shell and hollow k:ium metallic rails and, after an exceptionally long delay, the entire team is finally using Garmin's Vector power meter pedals.

Finishing things off are a pair of Arundel Mandible carbon fiber bottle cages (with Camelbak Podium bottles), a Rotor adjustable chain catcher and press-fit bottom bracket, a Cane Creek headset, Mavic tires (that are clearly made by someone else), and a Garmin Edge 510 computer.

Total weight is 7.78kg (17.15lb) without the computer or bottles – and without Martin's heavy heart. Luck hasn't been on the Irishman's side recently but this machine will be waiting for him upon his return.

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Cervélo S3, 54cm
Fork: Cervélo FK42
Headset: Cane Creek integrated, 1 1/8-to-1 3/8in tapered
Stem: 3T ARX Team, 130mm x -17°
Handlebar: 3T Rotundo Pro, 42cm (c-c)
Tape: 3T
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: Rotor 3D+, 172.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Rotor PressFit 4630
Pedals: Garmin Vector
Wheelset: Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 tubular
Front tire: 'Mavic Yksion Grip Link' tubular, 25mm
Rear tire: 'Mavic Yksion Grip Link' tubular, 25mm
Saddle: fi'zi:k Antares, carbon fiber shell, k:ium rails
Seatpost: Cervélo Aero (two-position)
Bottle cages: Arundel Mandible (2)
Other accessories: Garmin Edge 510 computer, Rotor adjustable chain catcher

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.76m (5ft 10in)
Rider's weight: 62kg (137lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 745mm
Saddle setback: 62mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 485mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 470mm
Tip of saddle nose to center of bars (next to stem): 567mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 95mm
Head tube length: 148mm
Top tube length (effective): 548mm
Weight: 7.78kg (17.15lb) without computer or bottles