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Back 6.2.2014

So Close in Philly…

Canadian Lex Albrecht gave Twenty16 Pro Cycling one of its top results of the season, finishing second behind defending champion Evelyn Stevens in Sunday’s Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in Philadelphia.


The result gives Twenty16 – which rides Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts – confidence and momentum heading into the heart of the summer racing season. For Albrecht, it was also a personal milestone as her first podium placing in UCI 1.1 classification professional race. The race, which finishes atop the Manayunk Wall, is one of the marque events on the U.S cycling calendar. It also features equal prize money for the Men’s and Women’s elite races.

As it turns out, Lex is as fast with interview requests as she is on the bike. Check out our recent chat with her:

Which Zipp wheels did you ride in Philly and why?
I chose to ride the Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels because they are a great compromise between the super-aerodynamics of the 404 Firecrest, which I wanted for the fast flat sections and speedy downhills and the exceptional lightness of the 202s for the steep grueling 1km climb, the Manayunk Wall, where the battle to victory at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic was bound to be fought out on.

What is your history with the Philly race?
This was my fourth time racing Philly. I've always loved this race, and especially so in the last two years since the finish has been moved from a fast, flat finish to the top of the Manayunk wall. It suits my strengths well. This is also my first UCI 1.1 podium, which means a great deal to me. (Lex finished sixth in Philly a year ago.)

Philly all comes down to the final climb up the Wall. But what is the key? What was the team strategy?
My teammates covered the most dangerous breakaway attempts earlier on in the race, and made some aggressive attacks when the pace needed to be kept high. I had some help staying up at the front, and keeping calm towards the end of the race when my first instinct would have been to shell a lot of energy chasing a non-threatening breakaway.  

Positioning was key on a fast section coming into a technical chicane at the base of the final climb. I fought to keep position up front, but it didn't work quite as well as I hoped. Coming into the climb with around 15 riders strung ahead of me, I had a lot of work to do to cover the ground to get to the front before the finish. Thanks to he energy my teammates helped me save, we managed to score second place. I really appreciate what they did.

What does this result mean for you as far as your confidence or goals for you and the team for the rest of the season?
Twenty16 has had such a great season so far, and this is one of our biggest results. It gives the team even more confidence going forward. Personally for me, finishing second on the podium has only made me hungrier getting Twenty16 on the top step at the most important races.

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