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No Derailing OPQS Train

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step came into the Tour de France with a team purpose-built to help superstar sprinter Mark Cavendish win stages. When Cavendish was forced to abandoned after a Stage 1 crash, the team took the pieces from its incredibly strong sprint train and went stage hunting… The result was inspirational riding throughout the race resulting in three stage wins.

Stage 7
Matteo Trentin, lead by Michal Kwiatkowski in the final meters, won the sprint by a tire in a photo finish over Peter Sagan in Nancy. “When Cav crashed, we said to each other that we have to keep fighting,” Trentin said in a team news release after the stage.

Stage 9
Tony Martin, a man known for his ability to suffer and win in time trials, turned a road racing stage into a solo show. Martin already had been working as a super domestique for teammate Michal Kwiatkowski. But on this hilly stage, Martin blazed his own trail to claim his first road-stage victory at the Tour. The victory in the mid-mountain stage into Mulhouse earned Martin the polka dot jersey for a day.

Stage 20
Tony Martin won his second stage of Tour de France with a convincing victory in the 54km time trial. Riding his Super-9 Disc paired with an 808 Firecrest front wheel, Martin averaged 48.8km per hour (30.3mph) on the hilly course.

(Martin's Zipp Super-9 Disc featured customer graphics using Zipp's Impress Technology. Learn more about Limited edition Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc with Impress here.)


What OPQS Rides

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling relies on Zipp wheels, Zipp bars stems and seatposts as well as SRAM RED 22 components and Quarq Power Meters. For the Tour, OPQS used its full arsenal of Speed Weaponry… the 202 in the mountains, 303 Firecrest on the cobbles, 404 Firecrest on rolling and sprint stages and 808 Firecrest and Super-9 Disc in the time trial. We congratulate the team on a successful Tour de France under adverse conditions.

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