Peter Sagan, the young Slovakian rider of team Liquigas-Cannondale has made a Tour de France debut this year and won the sprinter’s green jersey. He used a custom-design Cannondale Evo while achieving this success.
US-based bicycle company Cannondale supplies bikes to the world-tour team Liquigas-Cannondale. For Peter Sagan, they have pulled out the stops with an impressive rendition of the Terminator (the cyborg assassin played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the classic 1984 science-fiction film) across the front of the team’s SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod. Despite Tour de France is a race where the very latest products are usually raced, the Liquigas-Cannondale team was on the current Evo, not the new and lighter Evo Nano. The new Evo Nano cuts about 40 grams using an improved carbon-fiber layup.
But why the Terminator? Peter Sagan won an incredible five stages, the first four stages in-a-row, in the Tour of California 2012 edition. So the Cannondale Factory Racing Team gave him the nickname “Terminator” as a result of his power and strength.
This success led to a bet between Peter Sagan and Rory Mason (Cannondale’s Sports marketing director): “If Sagan wins another stage, the Terminator bike would be waiting for him”. All he had to do was win a stage at the Tour de France to claim it, and he successfully did with a fearless finish on the first stage, and also in his first-ever Tour de France stage. The Slovakian rode the rest of the Tour on his very personalized Cannondale “tourminator”. He won another two stages (Stage 3 with “Forrest Gump” style and Stage 6, “Hulk” style) with his “tourminator”, and won the green jersey after all.
Sagan’s frame uses the same components as his Liquigas teammates: a full SRAM Red groupset with Cannondale’s ultra-light Hollowgram Si SL chainset, Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels, Speedplay pedals, a Fizik Aliante saddle, and FSA cockpit. Reported weight is 6.8kg. The SRAM hoods have been color matched with the frame.
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