Deceuninck–Quick-Step have chalked up a grand total of 66 victories in 2019 - and to celebrate their stellar year, the team's bike sponsor Specialized have made a special Tarmac Disc frameset that tells the story of the victories with its detailed paint job.
Each win is etched somewhere on the frame, with highlights being Philippe Gilbert's victory at Paris-Roubaix and Alaphilippe's Tour de France time trial triumph on stage 13 against the odds, not to mention the latter's 14 days in the yellow jersey.
Quick-Step actually claim their year has been "one of the most incredible seasons any team has had in the history of the sport"; make of that what you will, but Specialized certainly thought it was worthy of a special edition frame to celebrate the team ranked number 1 by the UCI after an 11 year partnership.
Based on the Quick-Step's 2019 colourways, the first edition frameset was presented to the team at the Giro d’Lombardia last weekend and will hang in Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s Belgian Service Course.
Only 200 of the framesets will be made, and the other 199 will be available to buy globally through Specialized retailers priced at $5,500. Pre-orders will be taken from the 17th October at 5pm UK time, and you can sign up for more info if you have some cash to burn on the Specialized website here.
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