Deceuninck QuickStep's Sam Bennett, Bora Hansgrohe's Jay McCarthy, and a selection of their teammates are set to use the aluminium Specialized Allez Sprint Disc at the Schwalbe Classic criterium this Sunday ahead of the Tour Down Under.
Following a similar move in 2019, in which Peter Sagan and a selection of his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates raced the Down Under Classic criterium aboard custom-painted Specialized Allez Sprint Disc framesets, Specialized will once again be supplying the aluminium road bike to a selection of its riders.
Other riders to be racing aboard the Allez Sprint include Deceuninck QuickStep's Iljo Keisse and Shane Archbold, as well as Bora-Hansgrohe's Erik Baška and Ide Schelling. A post on Instagram Stories by Bora Hansgrohe rider Ide Schelling displayed his new bike, with the joke "new bike days are not so extraordinary in this team".
In 2019, Specialized launched a Down Under collection of shoes, helmets and saddles. It remains to be seen whether the same will occur this year, but Cyclingnews understands this bike will form part of a wider collection.
Specialized has a history using the Tour Down Under to showcase its newest and boldest tech - Sagan's gold Roval wheels in 2017, for example - and displaying that the Allez Sprint is good enough to be raced in the WorldTour is bound to please budget-conscious racers the world over.
The Schwalbe Classic criterium is the warm-up to the WorldTour opener, the Tour Down Under, which begins on Tuesday 21st January. It consists of a 1.7km circuit in the heart of Adelaide, raced for an hour plus one lap for an expected total distance of 51km.
Originally from Bude but now based out of Exeter, Josh is the former eCommerce manager of the Bike Shed in Devon. After racing cross-country with friends as a youth, he soon turned to road cycling. Nowadays, 27-year-old Josh is a Cat 1 road racer for Team Tor 2000. While he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium. He dabbles in fair-weather cyclocross and will happily slog out a century if you reward him with cake. Oh, and in his spare time, he writes about tech and deals for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect. Rides: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc, Trek Emonda ALR, Specialized Crux.
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