After 10 stages of racing and more than half of the total Tour de France race distance, the yellow jersey of Julian Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates are enjoying a first rest day of this year’s race in Albi. Nearly all of the riders from the race will head out for a short training ride on rest days to keep their legs turning over, with Deceuninck-QuickStep opting to train on the newly released Specialized Creo electric road bike.
Four options are available for the Creo, all of which feature carbon frames, Shimano groupsets, Roval wheels and Specialized’s proprietary SL1.1 integrated electric motor. The motor offers up to 240 watts of assistance while pedalling and is limited to 25kph in Europe and 28mph in the US. The battery is also integrated into the down tube, and the bike has a claimed weight of around 12kg.
Each of the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders were given one of the three Creo models to train on, while the range-topping and limited Founder’s Edition was on display at the team’s hotel. Bora-Hansgrohe – who are also sponsored by Specialized – were also given the bikes to train on at a different hotel.
As the riders set off for their ride, Specialized staff were on hand to explain the two-button controls to change the power assist levels, with the majority of riders simply asking for ‘Turbo’, the highest level of assist. Eco, Sport and Turbo are the three levels of assist, which match rider input at 30 percent (Eco), 60 percent (Sport) or up to 240 watts (Turbo).
The Specialized Creo has a claimed range of 130 kilometres, while an additional booster pack can be held in a bottle cage for an additional 65 kilometres of range. When the electric motor is not engaged it offers no resistance to normal pedalling.
The Specialized Creo Founder’s Edition is limited to just 250 units worldwide and is priced at an eye-watering US $16,500.
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