Tinkoff-Saxo and Specialized auction off Contador’s Vuelta-winning bike for charity
Tinkoff-Saxo and Specialized present a unique charity auction of Alberto Contador’s S-Works Tarmac. The highest bidder will become the proud owner of the bike that Alberto Contador rode to victory in the 2014 Vuelta a España. Specialized will donate the entire amount to the non-profit Matonyok Parents Trust Orphanage that the riders and staff of Tinkoff-Saxo visited during their team-building expedition to Kilimanjaro last November.
The online auction will take place on the Tinkoff-Saxo website (www.tinkoffsaxo.com). It is set to start at 08:00 CET on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 and will finish at 20:00 CET on Sunday, February 1st, 2015. Bids will start at €3,000 (three thousand euros).
Very rarely do you get the chance to own a bike ridden by the pros of the WorldTour, as only a few specimens are sold to private persons. A Grand Tour-winning bike is even rarer!
Alberto’s S-Works Tarmac is Rider-First Engineered™ to provide stiffness and agility on climbs and the legendary descending prowess the Tarmac is known for. It’s a no-compromise race-bred machine. This bike carried Alberto through his comeback race, Vuelta a España, where he won stages 16 and 20 and the overall GC in an exhilarating duel against his GC-rivals.
This was a special bike for Alberto and the entire team. So whether you choose to ride it or exhibit it to the awe of you and your friends… take care of it. You will also contribute to a worthy cause and help dozens of orphan and disadvantaged children in Arusha, Tanzania.
Complete bike specs:
Frame: Specialized S-Works Tarmac 2015 size 54
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL
Groupset: SRAM RED 22
Cassette: SRAM red 22
Chain: SRAM Red 22
Cranks: Specialized S-Works (172.5mm)
Bottom bracket: Ceramic Speed
Pedals: Look Keo
Wheels: Roval Rapide 40 inches
Tire: Specialized Turbo team tubular
Saddle: Prologo CPC
Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed Carbon
Tinkoff-Saxo is a UCI WorldTour pro cycling racing team that is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov with the explicit aim to become the greatest cycling team in the world.
Tinkoff Bank is the team’s main sponsor and innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a high-tech branchless platform. The bank was founded in 2006 by a Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov to service clients in the Russian financial services market. In 2009, the bank started to attract retail deposits, and is a member of the national deposit insurance system.
As of 1 November 2014, the bank issued 4.8 m credit cards