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Fenn, Boonen finish fast on Firecrest

Welcome to big-time pro racing Andy Fenn…

The Omega Pharma® – Quick-Step® rookie showed great promise last year by taking bronze in the Under-23 World Championship. This season – and it’s only February – Fenn scored his first two sprint victories in as many days at the Challenge Mallorca in Spain.

Meanwhile, Tom Boonen picked up a sprint stage win and kept the leader’s jersey at the Tour of Qatar.

Fenn, of Great Britain, won bunch sprints Sunday in the Trofeo Palma on Sunday and Monday in the Trofeo Migjorn. On Monday, the Omega Pharma® – Quick-Step® team helped to pull back a three man breakaway and then worked for 8 km to set up Fenn’s win. His win came on the dependable Zipp 404 Firecrest® wheels.

To learn more about Fenn, check out his team bio here.

At the Tour of Qatar, veteran superstar Boonen roared to a Stage 1 victory Sunday riding a Specialized® outfitted with a 404 Firecrest front and 808 Firecrest rear wheels. The wheel choice is a savvy one for the fast and windy open courses of Qatar.

The 81 mm-deep 808 Firecrest rim is the foundation of a rear wheel so aero it’s a favorite for time trial specialists and pro triathletes, get because of the Firecrest rim shape is stable in crosswinds and herky-jerky pack riding. Boonen’s choice of the 404 Firecrest for his front wheel underscored the reliability of this race-proven winner.

In Stage 2 in Qatar, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step finished second in the 11.3 km team time trial to keep Boonen in the leader’s jersey.

Omega Pharma® – Quick-Step® use Zipp wheels and Zipp Service Course® SL bars, stems and seatposts as well as SRAM® RED drivetrains and Quarq® power meters.