This year Tom is racing the Amgen Tour of California aboard this awesome limited edition Specialized Venge. The paint scheme has been dubbed the Specialized Edition Tornado Tom.

The color-changing paint of the limited edition Venge is a tribute to Tom’s love of flashy cars and his nickname, Tornado Tom. Boonen was asked if he had any say in the concept of this paint scheme, but he said, “No. Specialized designers did all of it and then presented me with it.

Boonen usually rides a custom-sized Venge, because of the tall headtube. As for size his mechanics call it the “58 Plus.” It has the top tube of a 61cm, but the front end of a 58cm. This means Boonen can get low enough and still has the correct amount of reach.

Tom-Boonen S-Works rear of bike
The color-changing paint of the Specialized Edition Venge


Front view of the limited edition
Front view of the limited edition


Tom Boonen S-Works derailer
SRAM Red 22 rear derailleur shifts across a SRAM 1170 cassette


Tom Boonen S-Works cranks
Tom runs 53-39 SRAM chainring combination with Specialized 177.5mm carbon crank arms


Tom Boonen S-Works bars
Tom rides a 42cm wide Zipp SL70 bars with a traditional bend and zipp wheels


Tom Boonen S-Works  zipp wheels
The paint changes colour as you see the bike on different angles. Definitely getting your attention.


Tom Boonen S-Works frame
Clean cable lines with housing donut


Tom Boonen S-Works topbar
Everything spot on due to obsessive mechanics
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John is obsessed with cycling and all about Italian bikes. John is fascinated by the prestige and tradition of Italian cycling and everything that it represents. His passion for vintage classic bikes is contagious and in particular his love for old school Pinarello. Having ridden some of Italy's monster climbs, including the famed 48 switch backs of Passo dello Stelvio, John likes to ride bikes that are showered in history and esteem, much like the famed climbs of the Giro D'Italia. John rides a Pinarello Quattro with full Campagnolo componentry.