The bike, a De Rosa SK Pininfarina, is unsubtle with its Italian flag design - the home country of both Viviani and De Rosa - with the frame adorned in red, white and green throughout.
It is to be known as the SK Pininfarina "Proud To Be Italian", and it was designed by Nicholas De Rosa, grandson of the company founder Ugo De Rosa.
Instead of simple blocks of colour, De Rosa opted for a striped effect throughout, each of which with a contrasting silver colour. The overall aesthetic isn't dissimilar to a candy cane and given the colours involved, it has a definite air of Christmas about it, and we're ok with that.
According to De Rosa, the bike is a "personal tribute to Elia Viviani, the first cyclist in history to be awarded the prestigious position of flag bearer at the upcoming Olympic Games."
However, by virtue of Viviani's focus on the track events at this year's Games, where he is set to target the team pursuit, Omnium and Madison, there will be no opportunity for Viviani to use this road bike in competition in Tokyo.
So far, the bike has a 100 per cent win record. The Italian sprinter repaid his team sponsor's gesture with a win on stage 1 whilst riding for the Italian national team.
The spec of the bike is representative of his Cofidis team's sponsors, complete with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 groupset, Vision one-piece cockpit and Selle Italia saddle. The wheels are the Speed 55 CMPTZN wheelset from Fulcrum, shod with Michelin Power Time Trial tubeless tyres.
Elia Viviani's De Rosa SK Pininfarina specifications
|Frame||De Rosa SK Pininfarina|
|Groupset||Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12|
|Brake levers||Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Disc|
|Brake calipers||Campagnolo Super Record Disc|
|Wheelset||Fulcrum Speed 55 CMPTZN|
|Handlebar||Vision METRON 5D|
|Stem||Vision METRON 5D|
|Pedals||Look KEO Blade Carbon|
|Saddle||Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow|
|Tyres||Michelin Power Time Trial|
|Computer||Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, Roam|
|Bottle Cages||Elite Leggero Carbon|
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Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.
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