Most riders opt for customisation of their equipment and kit when leading a Grand Tour, but Vincenzo Nibali, leader of the Giro d'Italia with one stage remaining, has gone all out with a full glossy pink paintjob on the frame of his Specialized Tarmac.
The Italian completed a thrilling comeback yesterday to all but seal a fourth Grand Tour title that had seemed an impossibility 48 hours previously. Perhaps the attention-grabbing, statement-making makeover to his bike reflects the nature in which he has roared back to win this Giro.
Most riders opt for pink bar tape and a pink helmet as a minimum but Nibali has gone for a full pink frame. Steven Kruijswijk had some pink added to the celeste of his Bianchi frame when he led the race but never actually rode that model.
The last time Nibali won the Giro, in 2013, he rode a normal white Astana issue bike. He celebrated his 2014 Tour de France win with yellow accents on a predominantly black set-up..
Flick through the gallery above for a first look at Nibali's pink bike and Brakethrough Media's beautiful photographs.