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Marianne Vos' special edition Liv Envie Advanced Pro

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Marianne Vos' special edition Liv Envie Advanced

Marianne Vos' special edition Liv Envie Advanced (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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The bike features a striking gold on black paint job, though it does make the multiple world champions' name a little hard to spot

The bike features a striking gold on black paint job, though it does make the multiple world champions' name a little hard to spot (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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The bike is fitted with a Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, bar the chainrings

The bike is fitted with a Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, bar the chainrings (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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The custom paintwork isn't quite in the usual Rabo Liv team colours, but we like it

The custom paintwork isn't quite in the usual Rabo Liv team colours, but we like it (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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Vos opted for an 11-28t cassette for the hilly terrain of the second stage of the Aviva Women's Tour

Vos opted for an 11-28t cassette for the hilly terrain of the second stage of the Aviva Women's Tour (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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The bike is completed with Shimano PRO finishing kit

The bike is completed with Shimano PRO finishing kit (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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The saddle is set well forward

The saddle is set well forward (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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Shimano Dura-Ace shifters

Shimano Dura-Ace shifters (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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Vos favours the Rotor Q-Ring oval chainrings, in 52-36

Vos favours the Rotor Q-Ring oval chainrings, in 52-36 (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)
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Brakes sit behind the fork and seatstays for aero benefits

Brakes sit behind the fork and seatstays for aero benefits (Image credit: Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co)

This article first appeared on Bikeradar

Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) returned to the Aviva Women's Tour, and brought with her a striking special-edition version of the Liv Envie Advanced decorated with the gold of a multiple world champion.

Vos was the winner of the inaugural Women's Tour, and is back riding again after a leave of absence to rest and recuperate. While she did make an appearance at the 2015 Tour, it was on the other side of the microphone as expert commentator. Going by the homemade signs and cheers along the route, many people were happy to see her back racing on British roads.

Liv's Envie Advanced is an aero bike with Liv's female-specific geometry, and Vos' ride, as you'd expect, includes a few extras. If you fancy a retail version of this bike, expect to fork out in the region of £5,000 / $8,000, though you won't be able to get it in the black and gold the multiple world champion has her bike bedecked in.

The Envie's aero-optimised frame features Liv/Giant's AeroSystem Shaping Technology, and a cutout section on the seat tube that allows the rear wheel to sit almost flush with the frame.

Driving forward

Vos' bike is kitted out predominantly with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, with a few notable exceptions. Vos continues to opt for a 52-36 oval Rotor Q-Ring at the front, fitted with a Pioneer power meter for in-race monitoring. At the rear, the Shimano Dura-Ace cassette is 11-28t, comparable to the choice many racers made for the hilly second stage of the Aviva Women's Tour.

Vos' version of the bike is finished off with Shimano PRO kit bars, stem and seatpost, and she also prefers Dura-Ace pedals.

Complete bike specifications:

Frame: Liv Envie Advanced
Stem: PRO Vibe Aluminum, 99mm
Handlebar: PRO Vibe S Carbon Compact
Brake calipers: Fouriers Aero V Brake
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Shifter levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28t
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Cranks: Shimano Dura-Ace
Chainrings: Rotor Q-Rings 52-36
Power meter: Pioneer
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace
Front wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace C35 tubular
Rear wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace C35 tubular
Front Tyre: Vittoria Corsa G+, 25mm
Rear Tyre: Vittoria Corsa G+, 25mm
Saddle: Fizik Antares, custom color
Seatpost: Giant Vector

Critical measurements:

Rider height:168cm / 5ft 6in
Rider weight: 58kg / 128lb