Astana do love a custom paint job and it seems their love shows no signs of abating after unveiling a bespoke finish for their rider Jakob Fuglsang at the Tour de Suisse.
Colleague Miguel Angel Lopez was presented with his tailored livery at the Tour of the Alps earlier this year sporting a cosmic style finish and now Fuglsang is getting his own as he looks to win the GC at the Tour de Suisse.
Sporting a peculiar “TriColor” finish, The Danish rider’s bike has seemingly taken inspiration from Marvel superhero Iron Man as they use red, metal grey and silver for the bikes makeup.
Viewers will also notice the dash of sky blue inside the Argon logo, a clear homage to the Kazakhstani team’s colours.
The Gallium Pro also houses a few fades from dark grey to silver and red to blue, creating a very funky looking design.
Astana say that the fades on the bike give the impression of the Danish rider’s all round talents. “The concept graphically represents the multi-talented aspects of Fuglsang’s cycling past, present and future by giving the impression of three different bikes.”
“This design was created to appear different from various views — front, the left-side and the right-side. Each angle showcases a dynamic of Fuglsang’s racing, interwoven together to a complementary overall design.”
The top tube also shows off what appears to be the Dane’s team nickname as a picture of his face is spliced with a picture of Iron Man.
According to the team this “represents his resilient attitude and his will to push the limits.” Or he could just really love Iron Man.
In terms of specs, Fuglsang has opted with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, FSA K Force Light crankset which uses Power2Max as the power meter, and a set of CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheels.
The wheels used are a pair of the Astana’s wheel provider’s, Corima, specifically their 47mm WS+ model.
The Dane said the new bike will be a good source of encouragement for the races ahead. “I have a huge motivation ahead of the Tour de France, but this TriColor bike motivates me even more.”
The 33-year-old rider will be looking to take on the Tour de France as Astana’s sole leader after a great performance by Miguel Angel Lopez at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year.
What are your thoughts on the paint scheme? Too out there or groundbreaking?