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Exclusive: First pictures of Kwiatkowski's world champion bike

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Michal Kwiatkowski's Specialized S-Works Kwiato Tarmac

Michal Kwiatkowski's Specialized S-Works Kwiato Tarmac
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Michal Kwiatkowski rides along with fellow Pole Michal Golas

Michal Kwiatkowski rides along with fellow Pole Michal Golas
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Pre-Lombardia training for the new world champion Michal Kwiatkowski

Pre-Lombardia training for the new world champion Michal Kwiatkowski
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Fun and games before training

Fun and games before training
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Directeur sportif Brian Holm compares wheels with Michal Kwiatkowski

Directeur sportif Brian Holm compares wheels with Michal Kwiatkowski
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The new world champion's set of wheels

The new world champion's set of wheels
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Michael Kwiatkowski leads the way in training

Michael Kwiatkowski leads the way in training
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All kitted out in rainbow stripes, Michal Kwiatkowski's first training sessino in his new jersey

All kitted out in rainbow stripes, Michal Kwiatkowski's first training sessino in his new jersey
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The Omega Pharma-QuickStep bus puts up an understated decoraction

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep bus puts up an understated decoraction
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Michal Kwiatkowski and his new set of wheels

Michal Kwiatkowski and his new set of wheels
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Michael Kwiatkowski gives the media a look at his new rainbow jersey

Michael Kwiatkowski gives the media a look at his new rainbow jersey
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Michael Kwiatkowski talks to the press ahead of Il Lombardia

Michael Kwiatkowski talks to the press ahead of Il Lombardia
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Michael Kwiatkowksi was a popular man at the Lombardia press conference

Michael Kwiatkowksi was a popular man at the Lombardia press conference
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Michal Kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski
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Michal Kwiatkowski kisses the Polish flag on his new bike

Michal Kwiatkowski kisses the Polish flag on his new bike
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Michael Kwiatkowski shows of his new rainbow jersey

Michael Kwiatkowski shows of his new rainbow jersey
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Michael Kwiatkowski decides not to go with the white shorts for his new kit

Michael Kwiatkowski decides not to go with the white shorts for his new kit
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Michal Kwiatkowski with his new custom bike

Michal Kwiatkowski with his new custom bike
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Michal Kwiatkowski and his Specialized S-Works Kwiato Tarmac

Michal Kwiatkowski and his Specialized S-Works Kwiato Tarmac
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Michal Kwiatkowski shows off his new rainbow stripes

Michal Kwiatkowski shows off his new rainbow stripes
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Michal Kwiatkowski goes out for pre-Lombardia training with his teammates

Michal Kwiatkowski goes out for pre-Lombardia training with his teammates
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Michal Kwiatkowski's bike has been given the rainbow treatment

Michal Kwiatkowski's bike has been given the rainbow treatment
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Michal Kwiatkowski's Specialized S-Works Kwiato Tarmac

Michal Kwiatkowski's Specialized S-Works Kwiato Tarmac
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Michael Kwiatkowski's new Specialized Evade helmet

Michael Kwiatkowski's new Specialized Evade helmet
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Newly-crowned world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac has had a make over for this weekend’s Il Lombardia. Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s bike sponsor Specialized have chosen to mark Kwiatkowski’s stunning victory in Ponferrada last week with a personalised version of their top-end bike.

The ‘Kwiato’ framset has a rainbow paint-spatter graphic, which has been given a satin treatment and has been complimented by a white metallic gloss base.

“I wanted to create an artistic interpretation of the rainbow colors. I looked to the American expressionist painter Jackson Pollock who created many abstract paintings using his drip technique. I felt that using a similar look on the frame but with the rainbow colors could be a new and exciting approach to creating this bike graphic. I felt the energy of the drip pattern used directly tied to the energy Kwiatkowski needed in order to win the World Championships,” said graphic desiger Ron Jones.

Specialized described the Kwaito frameset as being a Rider First Engineered bike, making it different from the previous one-size fits all. Kwiatkowski will use this bike for the 2015 season. Specialized will also sell 500 of the limited edition bikes. Kwiatkowski has also been given a personalised Specialized Evade helmet.

The S-Works Tarmac is the fifth generation of this bike, but lends much of its design features from its predecessor the SL4. The company claim that the better stiffness and handling precision means that the ride quality is much more consistent across its range, which means that smaller models are more comfortable through bumpy corners.

Its roundish top and down tubes are mechanically efficient and effectively wrap around the hourglass-profile tapered head tube and the company standard oversized bottom bracket shell. Standard team-issued pieces include the SRAM Red 22 transmission and brakes; carbon wheels, a carbon seatpost, and an aluminium cockpit from Zipp; a Quarq power meter; and a saddle, carbon fibre crankarms, and tubular tires from Specialized.

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