Cannondale Pro Cycling Team has announced its roster for the 101st edition of the Tour de France. The American bike manufacturer made nine unique, custom-painted Cannondale EVO bikes for nine Tour riders, with the slogan of “The Nine Wonders of 2014 Tour de France”.

On each bike’s top tube, a symbol has been drawn representing the riders’ nickname. And the riders’ name and the nickname have been written on the junction point of the top tube and the head tube. The only exception is Peter Sagan’s bike – it has Sagan’s face and green eyes on the top tube – no name and nickname on the head tube/top tube junction.

Each rider worked with the UK-based contemporary artist Death Spray Custom to develop their own custom designs. Death Spray Custom (DSC) is by David Gwyther. Based in West Wales, United Kingdom.

Slovakian national champion Peter Sagan will be the team captain as he chases his third consecutive Green Jersey and searches for stage wins.

Custom-painted Cannondale EVO bikes

Peter Sagan custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Peter Sagan’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014. It is probably the most unique amongst his Cannondale team.
Marco Marcato custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Marco Marcato’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Wolf”
Jean-Marc Marino custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Jean-Marc Marino’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Fox”
Maciej Bodnar custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Maciej Bodnar’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Bison”
Alessandro De Marchi custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Alessandro De Marchi’s Super-Six EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Chameleon”
Elia Viviani custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Elia Viviani’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Puma”. The Italian rider will fight for the sprint victories. His positions at the flat stages can help Peter Sagan to win the green jersey.
Kristijan Koren custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Kristijan Koren’s custom-painted Super-Six EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Lion”
Ted King custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Ted King’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Grizzly Bear”
Fabio Sabatini custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014
Fabio Sabatini’s custom-painted Cannondale EVO bike for the Tour de France 2014: “The Bull”

Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Tour de France 2014 roster

  • Peter “The Hulk” Sagan
  • Marco “The Wolf” Marcato
  • Jean-Marc “The Fox” Marino
  • Maciej “The Bison” Bodnar
  • Alessandro “The Chameleon” De Marchi
  • Elia “The Puma” Viviani
  • Kristijan “The Lion” Koren
  • Ted “Grizzly Bear” King
  • Fabio “The Bull” Sabatini

Team Cannondale’s Press Release

Cannondale, a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, part of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), today announced the launch of Cannondale Pro Cycling’s animal-inspired Cannondale SuperSix EVO. Each member of the Green Machine’s Tour squad will race on their own uniquely painted custom bike depicting their individual personalities and riding styles. On these bikes, the team will power through a challenging and exciting Tour de France.

This year the team is tapping into their ‘inner animal’ inspired by team captain Peter Sagan’s passion for one of his favorite Superheroes and his inner wolf-like instinct. The individual expression for each rider through custom SuperSix HI-MOD EVO graphics is unified through the #EvoGoesWild theme and illustrates the cohesive and close-knit pack that is Cannondale Pro Cycling. Each member of the Tour team worked with the Cannondale brand team and famed UK custom artist Death Spray to bring their #EvoGoesWild designs to life. The SuperSix EVO designs represent riders’ strength, heritage, speed, adaptability, willingness to lead and much more. Designs will also portray each athlete’s unique personality on the bike.

Since coming to the market, the Cannondale SuperSix EVO has been touted as the best bike ever made. The SuperSix EVO is designed with Cannondale’s proprietary BallisTec HI-MOD Carbon Construction method that uses precisely placed high modulus fibers over a base of high strength fibers to deliver extreme lightweight without sacrificing strength. To tune the overall stiffness and ride feel, Cannondale strategically adds an interconnected network of stiffening fibers that allows us to precisely tune stiffness and deflection at different points throughout the frame.

To ensure the team is comfortable, especially during long days in the saddle, the bike is also designed with Cannondale’s famed SPEED SAVE micro-suspension to create a perfectly balanced bike. The EVO’s blend of weight (700 grams), stiffness, strength, compliance, handling, and aerodynamics make it the ultimate road racing machine.

As part of the great reveal of the new custom animal-inspired EVO and as a celebration of the 2014 Tour de France, Cannondale will host a contest through Cannondale Facebook page where fans are invited to share their favorite photo or video of their SuperSix EVO, with a winner selected every day of the Tour De France to receive a limited edition Cannondale prize. As part of the 2014 Tour de France celebration, Cannondale has partnered with Modify Watches to design limited edition Cannondale watches. Every day during the Tour (including rest days) fans will have a chance to enter to win a watch.

To learn more about Cannondale and Cannondale Pro Cycling’s 2014 custom SuperSix EVO, check out the brand at www.cannondale.com as well as the latest issue of the Cannondale Gazette. To learn more about how to enter to win a new watch, be sure to follow Cannondale on Facebook.

Sources

  • Cannondale Pro Team Riding Custom-painted EVO’s at Tour de France on the Road Bike Action website

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