Up Close: Tom Boonen’s Classics Bike

Press Release

To honor a 15-year career in professional road cycling for one of the most talented and winningest riders of all time, Specialized has created a specific design which will become “ the mark” of Tom Boonen after his farewell to professional racing. The limited edition bike designed specifically for the Belgian champion will be sold in bike shops that carry Specialized in a very small number and will debut tomorrow at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Since Specialized is no longer selling the Venge with their radical (but under-performing) integrated caliper brake, Tom has moved on to disc brakes and is hoping for a second win with them.
“Specialized approached me as they wanted to do a special edition bike for my last pro season, I said yes and I’m really proud and happy of what they have done. I always said that I want to close the circle and end my career on a white bike as i started it on white one and Specialized gave me this great opportunity,” said Tom Boonen. “I really love it with its paint job and golden touches. The guardian angel on the top tube will help protect me during this spring and with the ‘Heroes get remembered, but legends never die’ quote, I’m excited to kick off the classics season with this outstanding bike,” he concluded.
Proving that Shimano has their priorities in order, even though the RBA office is flush with the new Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain, one of the greatest riders in the world is still on last year’s drivetrain.
The four-wing feather tip design represents the four Roubaix victories Tom achieved. These are intended to be wings of a Guardian angel which will help carry him safely to achieve his 5th well-deserved coveted trophy which he came so close to achieving last year. A successful ride this year will allow him to forever write his name in the annals of cycling history.
“The ‘angelic’ inspired design originated as a concept to convey protection and guidance through the treacherous terrain of the Paris-Roubaix race, also referred to as ‘The Hell of the North’ says Eric Jepson, Component Graphic Design Manager at Specialized. “The idea behind the design has since evolved to encompass the entire final season of Boonen’s legendary career, with the goal of carrying him safely to many victories.” he concluded.
Yes, that nub protruding from Tom’s handlebar is his sprint shifter.
No words more accurate.

Photos: Iri Greco – BrakeThrough Media

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