A Peep Into Petacchi’s S-Works Tarmac

Alessandro Petacchi has hung his boots as far as professional road racing cycling is concerned.


He retired from the sport last year and this 42 year old Italian is still remembered by cycling enthusiasts for his bikes and his control over them. He last raced for the Wilier Triestina-Southeast team.

Petacchi was an Alpha sprinter and had won over 48 tour stages during his illustrious career. All his major achievements came during the 2000 to 2010 period. He bowed out of the role of the Alpha Sprinter in 2012 and joined Omega Pharma Quick Step as Mark Cavendish’s lead man in 2014. The Petacchi’s bike stood out for all the good reasons and is admired for the extreme set up.

The Italian is about 6 feet tall and hence his bikes are set as track machines. The saddle to handlebar drop is huge at 14cm and its reach is 62.5cm. He has the option to choose any of the zip wheels that he likes, unlike his teammates. Petacchi opts for the 303 tubular. He loves to race with the Tarmac despite having the Vengo aero bike.

The weight of his S-Works Tarmac is just 7.25kg and is well under the UCI weight rule (minimum). He is very much worried about the mountains and hence chose a lightweight bike to ride on. The Tarmac features Zipp SLC 2 handlebars of 40 cm with front and rear derailleur, SRAM Red 22 and SRAM Red 22 WiFli Mid Cage respectively. The crankshaft seen on the bike is the S-Works cranks with SRAM 53/39t aero rings. The brakes and the shift levers used on the Tarmac are the SRAM Red 22. The pedals are from Look Keo, power meter Quarq and the seatpost is the Zipp Servie Course SL, 20mm. The saddle height of the bike is 79cm and the stem length is 140mm.

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