Julian Alaphilippe's new rainbow-themed Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7

Julian Alaphilippe's new world champion edition Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
(Image credit: Kelly Henningsen / Specialized)

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has kicked off his second successive stint as world champion with a fresh new rainbow-themed paint-job on his Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, considered by many as one of the best road bikes.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.