This article originally published on BikeRadar
As the dominant force in women's cycling, Marianne Vos has won the UCI road world championship race a whopping three times (and placed second five times) since graduating from the junior ranks at the end of 2005. This year in Florence, the Dutch woman again crushed the competition at Worlds, this time aboard an Envie Advanced, Giant's aero bike for women.
There are a few notable things about her set-up. One, the world champion is still on 10-speed. Granted, it's Shimano's original Di2 Dura-Ace, 7970. And two, Vos uses Rotor's ovalized Q-Rings, shown here in the aero style to match the aero bike.
Her position is curiously forward, with the saddle slammed forward on a straight post. It is unclear whether this is due to the geometry of the bike, or perhaps her running her cleats a bit farther back on her shoes than normal. While many pros still center their cleats under the ball of their foot, a few road cyclists — and certainly some pro triathletes — has moved theirs back for more leverage. Proponents of this set-up argue that it offers more steady-state power, while critics say it hinders sprinting.
Regardless of esoteric arguments on cleat placement, Vos seems to be producing power just fine, and she records her data on an SRM connected to an older Shimano Dura-Ace crank and the aforementioned Q-Rings.
The rest of the build is fairly straightforward in nature, with pieces anyone with the money could buy: Shimano Dura-Ace C50 tubulars with Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires, PRO cockpit, Dura-Ace pedals. The gold and rainbow schemes on the bike, however, have to be earned.
The three-peat: Vos won her third world road title in Florence
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Envie Advanced
Stem: PRO Vibe Aluminum, 110mm
Handlebar: PRO Vibe Carbon Compact, 40cm
Brake calipers: Giant Aero
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 7970
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 7970
Shifter levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 7970
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Cranks: Shimano Dura-Ace
Chain rings: Rotor Aero Q-Rings
Power meter: SRM
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-7900
Front wheel: Shimano C50 tubular
Rear wheel: Shimano C50 tubular
Front Tire: Vittoria Corsa CX, 23mm
Rear Tire: Vittoria Corsa CX, 23mm
Saddle: fi'zi:k Antares, custom color
Seatpost: Giant Vector
Bottle cages: Tacx Tao Carbon
Rider weight: 58kg/128lb
Saddle height from BB (c-t): 70.5cm
Seat-tube length, c-t: 46.5cm
Head tube length: 16cm
Top tube length: 54.5mm