March 18, 2014
If there's something we like to see, it's our brand's bikes doing what they were designed to do...win bike races. And over the course of the last week or so, which has played host to two World Tour races - in Tirreno Adriatico and Paris Nice - there have been plenty of successes for our in-store bikes.
Specialized, Cervelo, Cannondale and Focus have all helped their pilots to the top step of the podium, both in road stages and time trials, so let's take a look at who's been winning what, and what they've been riding, in order to get The Tristore 11 World Tour victories.
So Stage 4 of Paris-Nice on the 12th coincided with stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico, and as Tom Jelte Slagte of Garmin-Sharp was riding Cervelo's S3 to it's maiden pro victory...(1/11)
...Omega Pharma-Quickstep were all aboard their Specialized Shiv TT rigs as they romped home to a team time trial victory in Italy.(2/11)
Ag2r's compact Columbian, Carlos Betancur, then continued the winning streak by chalking up back-to-back victories at Paris-Nice on his Focus Izalco Team (4/11). Due to the somewhat, err, 'divided' opinion on the Ag2r colour scheme, the team model has remained absent from our stock list, but our alternative Izalco range can be viewed here. TJ Slagter may well have claimed one of Betancur's stages for himself were it not for a crash inside the final 200m, but the Dutchman nonetheless went on to win another stage (5/11), while Betancur kept the yellow jersey all the way to Nice (6/11).
Over at Tirreno, Peter Sagan put his Strada Bianchi loss of the previous weekend behind him as he won the typically Italian stage finish through the tight uphill streets to Arezzo on stage three (7/11). The Slovak made his competitors look like mere juniors as he toyed on their wheels, before launching an unmatchable sprint on his Cannondale Super 6 Evo team edition. You can view both our 105 and Di2 models here.
What then followed was a bit Special(ized), as Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo got back to winning ways by notching another back-to-back victory duo (9/11) on the two decisive stages of the race, on his way to an overall win (10/11). His trusty steed? A Specialized S-Works SL4 Tarmac, which is coincidental as we've just had the same bike built up in a 58cm as a test bike.
Here's a neat little video of the Tinkoff-Saxo Tarmac too, made by 'Global Cycling Network', who take a look at Roman Kreuziger's bike which he used at the same race.
And what better way to end such a victorious streak than with some British interest? Mark Cavendish, again of Omega Pharma Quickstep, made sure that was the case by launching himself to his 110th pro win in the final road stage of Tirreno. (11/11)
Admittedly it is the riders that often decide the outcome of bike races...for the most part anyway, but you would expect the best bike riders to be riding the best bikes, wouldn't you?