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Back 5.17.2011

Contador in Pink, Reed and Rapp score Tri wins

Alberto Contador, Zipp sponsored athlete and member of Saxo Bank-Sungard, climbed his way to a mountaintop stage win in the Giro d'Italia this weekend, earning the pink Maglia Rosa leader's jersey in the process.  On Sunday's stage up Mount Etna, the Spaniard showed off his climbing prowess by attacking uphill in the final kilometers of the mountaintop finish, in front of an exploding peleton.  El Pistolero" put 50 seconds into his major rivals and earned the pink jersey.  For the mountain stage, Contador rode Zipp's featherweight 202 tubular wheelset, and SRAM Red components in Limited Tour Edition finish.  Of the stage win, Contador remarked, ''I didn't want to prove anything to anybody.  I just wanted to win.''  Just under two more weeks of racing are left before the Giro's final time trial stage in Milan.

Across the globe at the Rev3 Triathlon in Knoxville, Tennessee, Matty ''Boom Boom'' Reed defended his 2010 title, riding to victory with a newly-optimized aero position and Zipp wheels.  Reed selected an 808 tubular up front and a Sub-9 tubular disc in the rear.  The 2008 Olympian conserved enough energy on the bike to run the fastest run split of the day, overtaking eventual second-place finisher Cameron Dye with a little under half the run to go. 

Also this weekend was the legendary Leadman Triathlon in Boulder City, Nevada.  This year's edition of the 250-kilometer race was plagued by intense crosswinds and 97-degree heat.  Zipp ambassador Jordan Rapp took the overall win by outlasting the competition, several of which dropped out due to the grueling conditions.  Despite the intense winds, Rapp chose an 808 front to pair with his rear Sub-9 disc, taking advantage of Zipp's new Firecrest technology that greatly improves crosswind handling