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Back 7.26.2009

Well Rounded Tour For Zipp Speed Weapons

While a second consecutive Tour de France overall victory eluded the three teams officially sponsored by Zipp, The Cervelo Test Team, Garmin Slipstream and Team Saxo Bank had plenty of successes on the road to Paris. 

Cervelo Test Team’s Thor Hushovd (NOR) out kicked Mark Cavendish (GBr) to win his second green sprinter’s jersey, the second most important competition in the Tour.  Thor even had green decals on his ZEDTECH 4s to compliment his green jersey.

Andy Schleck (LUX) of Team Saxo Bank was Zipp’s highest GC (general classification) placement.  In his second Tour de France Andy climbed to second overall and was winner of the white jersey for the best young rider.

Zipp had four other riders that finished in the top ten on GC.  Bradley Wiggins (GBr) of Garmin Slipstream finished one step off the podium in fourth.  Wiggins, an Olympic champion on the track, demonstrated his ability to hang with the toughest stage racers in the world through the roads of France.  Andy Schleck’s older brother Frank (LUX) finished 5th, gathering a stage win on Zipp 202s along the way.  Christian Vande Velde (USA), 5th in last year’s Tour, finished 8th overall after putting his own Tour ambitions aside to help teammate Wiggins move up on GC.

Throughout the Tour Zipp wheels excelled, fighting for stage wins and collecting five of them along the way.  Fabian Cancellera (SUI) crossed the line first in the Tour’s prologue, riding his Sub-9/808 combination to first place.  Fabian would hold on to the yellow leader’s jersey for the first six days of the Tour.  Thor Hushovd would then out sprint the competition for a win on Zipp 404s to help secure his grip on the points title.  Nicki Sorenson won stage 12 on Zipp 404s.  The following day, Cervelo Test Team’s Heinrich Haussler took the all new Zipp 303s to their first grand tour stage victory with a solo assault on the day’s breakaway.  Zipp’s climbing wheel, the 202, then delivered Frank Schleck to victory through the mountains of stage 17.

The wheels that delivered the green sprinter’s jersey, the white jersey for the best young rider, and five stage wins are the same wheels that are available to Zipp customers every day.  Not sure which wheelset is best for achieving your Tour dreams?  Visit a Zipp demo dealer and give them a try.