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Back 4.12.2010

Cancellara and Zipp dominate on the cobbles

Until this month, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix were the two most imposing challenges remaining on Zipp’s “to-win list”. In fact, no carbon wheels of any make had conquered either race. But over the last two Sundays, Fabian Cancellara’s crushing victories riding Zipp 303 Tubulars showed that carbon wheels can do more than just survive on the cobblestones. They can dominate.


But Fabian's wins for Team Saxo Bank weren’t the only major results for the 303. Cervélo TestTeam’s Thor Hushovd and Roger Hammond finished 2nd and 4th at Roubaix, further proving the legitimacy of the wheelset that we launched with Thor’s win at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2009. Although the rugged roads of Paris-Roubaix can take their toll on any equipment, both Saxo Bank and Cervélo selected the 303 for all their riders at the start and throughout the “Hell of the North”.


Zipp engineers designed the 303 to handle the brutal conditions of Cobbled Classics with comfort and control. The 27.5mm-wide rim flexes to absorb bumps like a leaf spring, so the 303 offers superb impact resistance, a smooth ride quality, and surefooted handling.


Especially with the ample tires used at Flanders and Roubaix, the 303’s wide rim shape also provides a significant aerodynamic advantage over traditional aluminum rims. With a 45mm-deep, fully toroidal profile, the 303 did its part to help Fabian ride solo for 40 miles and build up a combined margin of victory of more than 3 minutes - including the victory celebrations.


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