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First look: Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge

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The complete package: Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge

The complete package: Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge
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The asymmetrical seat stays are designed to reduce drag in cross-winds, saving watts for going fast.

The asymmetrical seat stays are designed to reduce drag in cross-winds, saving watts for going fast.
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A beefy bottom bracket region ensure efficient power transfer

A beefy bottom bracket region ensure efficient power transfer
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The head/steerer assembly is tapered to put stiffness where it's needed while staying aerodynamic. Internal cable routing also helps reduce drag.

The head/steerer assembly is tapered to put stiffness where it's needed while staying aerodynamic. Internal cable routing also helps reduce drag.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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The electronic shifting power supply is tucked away.

The electronic shifting power supply is tucked away.
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It's not beautiful, but the shifters need power to make the derailleur work!

It's not beautiful, but the shifters need power to make the derailleur work!
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The UCI-legal FACT carbon fork is bladed for maximum aerodynamics

The UCI-legal FACT carbon fork is bladed for maximum aerodynamics
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The matte black paint job adds to a sleek look.

The matte black paint job adds to a sleek look.
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The Cavendish special stem/bar combo from Pro

The Cavendish special stem/bar combo from Pro
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Detail of the stem/steerer.

Detail of the stem/steerer.
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The bike was born with F1 inspiration.

The bike was born with F1 inspiration.
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Wide chain stays keep the bike stiff enough for sprinters.

Wide chain stays keep the bike stiff enough for sprinters.
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Electronic Dura Ace ensures clean, crisp gear changes.

Electronic Dura Ace ensures clean, crisp gear changes.
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Note the number holder attached behind the rear brake. For Cavendish, 111 will be displayed in Milan-San Remo

Note the number holder attached behind the rear brake. For Cavendish, 111 will be displayed in Milan-San Remo
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No doubting who this bike belongs to.

No doubting who this bike belongs to.
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Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge

Mark Cavendish's Specialized McLaren Venge
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

Specialized yesterday launched its newest product, the McLaren Venge, an advanced high modulus carbon fiber frame designed to be as light as possible while increasing aerodynamics and stiffness. Cyclingnews caught sight of Mark Cavendish's bike as he prepares for his shot at a second Milan-San Remo title tomorrow.

Only Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel will be atop the Venge for HTC-Highroad in tomorrow's race.

Note the aerodynamic features of the frame, including "cambered airfoil cross-section seat stays", designed to reduce drag in cross-winds, the tapered head tube/steerer which beefs up stiffness - something important for powerful sprinters - and the bladed fork.

Add in details like the internal cable routing, a specially designed bar/stem combination made just for Cavendish by Pro as well as the electronic Dura-Ace group with SRM power meter, and you have the complete package.

View the photo gallery here.