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Back 5.25.2011

Contador Crushes, Armstrong Wins in the Corners

Alberto Contador virtually sealed his second Giro d'Italia victory on Tuesday by decimating his competition in the uphill time trial in Nevegal.  This was Contador's second stage win of the Giro, but places him five minutes ahead of runner-up Michele Scarponi.  More than nine minutes now separate the first five places in the Giro.  Of Contador's dominance, Scarponi said that he and the rest of the peleton “are now racing for second place.” 

Throughout the Giro, Contador has been riding Zipp wheels and SRAM Red components with the Limited Tour Edition graphics package.  And although normally a time trial calls for deep-section wheels and a rear disc, the Nevegal mountain time trial was a different animal.  Though the Spaniard rode Zipp's ultra-deep 1080 front and Sub-9 disc rear for the opening team time trial, he selected the featherweight 202 to achieve the win up the mountain.  The 202 comes in at just 1095 grams for the wheelset, but its 32mm-deep toroidal profile aerodynamically outperforms traditional v-section rims of up to 45mm.  The 202's were the perfect choice to save Contador time up the mountain by cheating both gravity and the wind.

Across the pond, Zipp athlete and reigning Olympic Champion Kristin Armstrong took the win in the inaugural Women's International Time Trial Challenge in Solvang at the Amgen Tour of California. Armstrong competed against a field of thirteen of the best pro cyclists and triathletes in the world, and came out the fastest on the very technical course.  Armstrong took the victory riding a Zipp 808 Firecrest tubular front wheel, Super9 tubular Disc rear, the new Zipp VukaBull and VukaClip aerobar combination with Ski Tip extensions.  SRAM Red components and R2C shifters finished off her winning ride.

To get the win, Armstrong noted that taking risks in the corners was of critical importance to gain those last few seconds over her rivals.  Her 808 Firecrest front wheel was engineered with stability in mind, fending off crosswinds and providing a stiff base that inspires confidence when cornering hard.  Armstrong said it was the ''110% risks'' in the corners that put her just twelve seconds in front of second-place Amber Neben.