Belgian spring in full bloom
The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team’s super spring stayed in full bloom last weekend with a history-making victory in the Gent-Wevelgem cobbled classic.
Tom Boonen -- riding a Specialized McLaren Venge with Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels, Service Course CSL bar, Service Course SL stem and Tangente Platinum Pro Brake Pads -- took the sprint win to cap a brilliant day of team riding. In doing so, Boonen joined Eddy Merckx, Mario Cipollini, Robert Van Eenaeme, and Rik Van Looy as the only three-time winners of Gent-Wevelgem.
Gert Steegmans, Gerald Ciolek and Dries Devenyns were among the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team riders who ensured Boonen was in position for the win. Last week Boonen sprinted to victory in the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke and Niki Terpstra and Sylvain Chavanel placed first and second in Dwars door Vlaanderen, with all three of those results coming on Zipp’s cobble-stone conquering 303. In addition to Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts, the team also relies on SRAM RED drive trains and Quarq Power Meters.
“The team did their best fight to make the front, they expended all energy they had to try and help. It's the team spirit we have in this moment on this team,” Boonen said. “The entire team is showing its power. Other teams are as strong as ours, but we have to say this moment we are not so bad either. We have a team where — I am not a guy who screams at my teammates, but with our team I don't have to say the same thing 10 times. Everybody knows what they have to do.”
French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal unleashed a ferocious (and painfully long) sprint last weekend to win the ITU World Cup in Mooloolaba, Australia. Vidal rode Zipp 101 wheels and Zipp Service Course SL bars, stem and seatpost as well as SRAM RED and a Quarq Power Meter.
In the women’s race, Zipp-sponsored pros Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand finished third.
In long-course action over the weekend, Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae looked strong as she took third place at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships in Melbourne. Carfrae rode a Zipp 404 (650c) on the front and 840 Tubular Disc (the 650c version of the popular 900 Disc) on the rear. Also Melbourne, Zipp-sponsored pro Greg Bennett – a specialist in Olympic-distance and 70.3 triathlons – finished his first Ironman-distance event to qualify for Kona.