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Tour de France pro bike: Mark Cavendish's S-Works Venge

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Mark Cavendish has ridden a 52cm Venge in the past, but he's on a 49cm S-Works model for the Tour

Mark Cavendish has ridden a 52cm Venge in the past, but he's on a 49cm S-Works model for the Tour (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Although this Toupe model doesn't, the forthcoming editions will have super-slick glides on the side of the nose for low-friction pedaling

Although this Toupe model doesn't, the forthcoming editions will have super-slick glides on the side of the nose for low-friction pedaling (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Omega Pharma upgrades the standard electrical-tape height marking

Omega Pharma upgrades the standard electrical-tape height marking (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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SwissStop pads handle braking duties

SwissStop pads handle braking duties (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Zipp 404s front and rear will likely be in the cards for the early stages

Zipp 404s front and rear will likely be in the cards for the early stages (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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There is a logo there, you just have to look for it

There is a logo there, you just have to look for it (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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SRAM Red 22 is the lightest production group out there

SRAM Red 22 is the lightest production group out there (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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While any old spacers could work, this arrangement is much more aero - and better looking

While any old spacers could work, this arrangement is much more aero - and better looking (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Specialized worked with McLaren on the paint - and it's the same color as Cav's car

Specialized worked with McLaren on the paint - and it's the same color as Cav's car (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Specialized usually runs its logos loudly; this is relatively subtle for the Big Red S

Specialized usually runs its logos loudly; this is relatively subtle for the Big Red S (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Look Keo Blade pedals are quite light, but not the friendliest for initial clipping in as they don't hang down

Look Keo Blade pedals are quite light, but not the friendliest for initial clipping in as they don't hang down (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Most cranksets are from one brand this is from three. SRAM TT rings deliver the power applied at the Specialzied crank, with Quarq measuring the power in the process

Most cranksets are from one brand this is from three. SRAM TT rings deliver the power applied at the Specialzied crank, with Quarq measuring the power in the process (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The Manx Missile is doing a signature line of CVNDSH softgoods with Specialized as well

The Manx Missile is doing a signature line of CVNDSH softgoods with Specialized as well (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Special riders get special paint - but the multiple-height stem caps are standard

Special riders get special paint - but the multiple-height stem caps are standard (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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A whopping 140mm stem keeps Cav long and low

A whopping 140mm stem keeps Cav long and low (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Specialized wants you to know that its fit services are another product you can purchase

Specialized wants you to know that its fit services are another product you can purchase (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)

This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

British sprint star Mark Cavendish will start the 2014 Tour de France — in England — aboard a custom-painted Specialized S-Works Venge. After previously riding a 52cm frame, Cav switched to a size 49cm frame and is now using a 140mm stem to get low and long.

Specialized partnered with McLaren for the sparkling paint job, which matches Cav's car, team officials said. Compared to Specialized paint jobs of the past, the logos on this frame are relatively subtle.

Handlebar tape is from Supacaz, the company run by Specialized founder Mike Sinyard's son, Anthony.

Check out the gallery here, and the specs below, for all the details.

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Complete bike specifications

Frameset: Specialized S-Works Venge, 49cm
Stem: Zipp SL Sprint, 140mm
Handlebars: Zipp Service Course SL-70, 42cm
Handlebar tape: SuperCaz
Brakes: SRAM Red 22
Shift/brake levers: SRAM Red 22
Front derailleur: SRAM Red 22
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red 22
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170, 11-26T
Chain: SRAM PC-1170
Crankset: Specialized S-Works, 170mm
Chainrings: SRAM
Power meter: Quarq
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Wheels: Zipp 404 tubulars
Tyres: Specialized All Round tubulars
Saddle: Specialized Toupe
Seat post: Specialized Venge
Computer: Garmin Edge 510
Bottle cage: Tacx Tao
Other accessories: SRAM Garmin mount

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.75m (5ft 8in)
Reach, saddle tip to bar: 53cm
Drop, saddle top to handlebar top: 7cm
Saddle height: 70cm
Stem length: 140mm