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Back 4.4.2011

Nuyens makes it two Rondes in a row for the 303

It’s one of cycling’s Cobbled Classics, and the biggest race of the year in the sport’s Belgian heartland. And in 2010, the Zipp 303 became the first carbon wheelset to win the Tour of Flanders. This year, it repeated the feat courtesy of Nick Nuyens, the new Classics star of Bjarne Riis’ Saxo Bank-SunGard team.

Fresh off a nail-biting win at last week’s Dwars door Vlaanderen, Nuyens stayed alert and near the front of the action over the 257km race’s series of 18 steep hills and cobblestone sections. Coming off the final climb of the Bosberg, only 12 riders remained to contest the finish. Nuyens cannily joined an attack by defending winner Fabian Cancellara with 4km to go, then outsprinted him and Sylvain Chavanel to take the win on 303s and SRAM RED.

Action in Oceanside

Meanwhile, Zipp and SRAM athletes Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Rasmus Henning were in the thick of the action in the Ironman® 70.3 series race in Oceanside, California. Rinny, the reigning Kona champion, used a 404 650c front wheel and 900 650c disc for the bike leg, then ran the fastest final leg of the day. She took the lead inside the last mile and hung on for a narrow win.

Henning, who rode a 1080 front and Sub-9 disc, entered the final mile locked in a similar battle with Andy Potts. Unfortunately, he succumbed to a cramp but still hung on for second place. Michael Weiss and Jordan Rapp, also on Zipp and SRAM, took third and fifth respectively.

A Giant win at Redlands

The Redlands Classic is a marquee event on the domestic racing calendar, and the ideal place for 20-year-old John Bennett to make a name for himself. On Friday’s 120-mile stage in scorching heat, the California Giant rider jumped in an early breakaway and hung on all the way to the finish, where he outsprinted two riders who had bridged up from the field. We’re definitely going to keep an eye on this kid.

Macca’s Caribbean victory

Zipp’s other current Kona champ, Chris “Macca” McCormack journeyed to the smallest nation in the Americas, St. Kitts and Nevis, to take part in the first-ever TriStar 111 Nevis. The course included a 1km swim, a rolling, windy 100km bike leg, and a 10km run along a beautiful Caribbean beach. To no one’s surprise, Macca cruised to a comfortable win ahead of Swiss Olivier Marceau.

See the 303 resurrection story in video at this web page.