It's all about the bike

Cycling's first grand tour of the season, the Giro D'Italia, starts this weekend and it'll be the first time Lance Armstrong, fresh from breaking his collar bone earlier in the year, has ever ridden in the race which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, street art daddy Shephard Fairey and pop artist Kenny Scharf have given the Texan's wheels a tidy facelift.

Fairey's daily driver Trek Madone (above) apparently includes nods to Italy's ancient architectural detailing, while Scharf's TTX time trial bike (below) assumes a slightly less subtle approach. It's part of Armstrong’s Nike-supported Stages anti-cancer art show for his Livestrong foundation that kicks off in Paris during the Tour de France in July.

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Pictures courtesy of Supertouch; coverage of the Giro D'Italia begins on Eurosport this saturday

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For the aficionados, Supertouch have even provided this making of video: