Spain. Belgium. Wisconsin. Nevada. It seemed anywhere you looked last weekend Zipp®-sponsored athletes were collecting victories or podium places.
Vuelta a Espana
Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's Alberto Contador triumphantly rode into Madrid on Sunday before cheering crowds to claim overall victory in the Vuelta. The Spaniard’s victory was the result of his daring (and surprise) attack on Stage 17 when he gained 2 minutes, 38 seconds on rival Joaquin Rodriguez. Contador used Zipp 202 Tubular wheels as well 404 Firecrest® wheels during the grueling three-week race. And to maintain comfort, efficiency and a precise fit for those long days in the saddle, he counted on Zipp Service Course CSL bars with the Super Short Reach bend, a Service Course SL stem and carbon SLSpeed seatpost. Contador’s Specialized bike also carried SRAM® RED – 2012 components.
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Set up perfectly for the final mass dash by his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step teammates, Tom Boonen took the sprint Saturday to win the 216 km Paris-Brussels race. The victory was his first in the venerable race and was the team’s 51st win of the year in three disciplines. Throughout this year, Boonen has relied on Zipp wheels including the 404 Firecrest as well as his 140 mm Service Course SL stem and Service Course CSL bar.
Ben Hoffman is one of those pro triathletes who always has his eye on innovation. So, it’s no surprise he used our new Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc -- paired with an 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher front wheel – as he won in Wisconsin in 8:32:51, a course record. Hoffman’s bike split of 4:37:58 on the challenging course was the fastest of the day.
Ironman® World Championship 70.3
Heather Jackson’s time of 2:27:45 was the fastest among the pro women for the 56-mile cycling leg at the 70.3 Championship at Lake Las Vegas, Nev. Her wheel choice? Zipp 808 Firecrest. Jackson proved she’s one to watch, finishing third overall.
Photo of Alberto Contador by ©TDWsport.com