Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen won the women’s road race world championship to complete a double gold medal performance after victory in the time-trial on Thursday. The reigning Olympic champion attacked 40km from the finish line, beating compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten and Italian Elisa Longo Borghini by 1:20. The 30-year-old Dutchwoman becomes the first woman to achieve the double in the same year since the French rider Jeannie Longo in 1995. Van der Breggen dominated the 89-mile race to reclaim the title she won in 2018 ahead of last year’s winner Annemiek van Vleuten.
Van der Breggen completed the feat aboard Specialized’s month-old, Tarmac SL7. Her Tarmac is constructed of Specialized’s higher-end Fact 12r carbon, Specialized claims the frame weight of the S-Works version is 800. The biggest changes come in the form of added emphasis on the aero refinement of the frame tubes. We’re told the SL7 has 17-percent less surface area than the current Venge while hitting just a scooch more than the weight of the SL6 Tarmac. The biggest change is the adaptation of completely hidden, internally routed cables and hoses. There is no steerer stop, which we appreciate, and if you desired, a traditional stem and handlebar are easily swappable.
Drivetrain: SRAM Red AXS eTap
SRAM Red AXS Power Meter 48/35: $1200
Zipp SL Speed Stem: $265
Zipp Service Course SL: $110
SRAM Quickview Computer Mount: $22
Supacaz Bar Tape: $40
Zipp 202 NSW: $3200
Specialized Turbo Tire: $80
Bike/Detail Photos: Sean Robinson/velofocus.com
Action Photos: Bettini