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Is this new model really the ‘best bike in the world’?

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Pinarello Dogma F8 (Jaguar / Team Sky)

If you had a spare £12,000 going you may not choose to spend it all on a bike. But if you did, well, the Pinarello Dogma F8 could be yours.

This astonishing bike, called the “best in the world” by none other than Team Sky’s team principal Sir David Brailsford, really is something.

Developed for Team Sky by Jaguar, it was developed at the car giant’s virtual innovation centre and is believed to be the lightest, fastest and most aerodynamic bike out there.

"One of the challenges has been to try to create a bike that has the components of lightness, handling and aerodynamics all in one bike,” Brailsford told the BBC.

"That's the trick with this bike - it's the best on every level.

"I'm confident we will be able to give the Tour de France the best shot we can. We have the best bike and the best equipment.

"It's a three-week race and a lot of things can happen but we are going there confident we can defend our title."

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Sir David Brailsford (Reuters)

Jon Darlington, head of aerodynamics at Jaguar, said: "Taking our level of engineering capability and applying it to a bike project is something that has not been done before."

This is Jaguar’s first foray into bicycle engineering, but they have previously supplied support cars for Team Sky with a small partnership already in place.

The Pinarello Dogma F8 is a collaboration between Jaguar and Italian bicycle frame makers Pinarello.

Is it really the best bike in the world? Well, he may be slightly biased in this case but the former British Cycling guru Brailsford, who has overseen two Tour de France triumphs, may be the man best qualified to pass judgement.

Famous for identifying the 'one-per-centers', Brailsford will hope that this bike can inspire Chris Froome to a second successive Tour victory this summer.

If the bike is under the winner in Paris, its billing will likely be fully justified after all the early hype.

It will make its eagerly-anticipated competitive debut at the Critérium du Dauphiné race in France on 8 June.

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