Vive le Tour

Vive le Tour

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Blog |

Under the lights of the Champs Elysees, the 100th running of the Tour de France finished in fine fashion. Following a historic route that celebrated the tradition and spectacle of the famed French Grand Tour, riders descended upon Paris as the sun faded behind the Arc de Triomphe providing the perfect backdrop for what was a remarkable three weeks of racing. Gathering multiple stage wins and fighting hard all the way to Paris were the Specialized sponsored teams of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Team Astana, and Team Saxo-Tinkoff. With a parcours that provided opportunities for riders of all talents, there was rarely a dull moment and always plenty to cheer for as the peloton wound its way through France. Mark Cavendish continued his winning ways netting two stage wins whilst wearing the colors of the British National Road Champion upon his shoulders. Astride his Specialized Edition S-Works Venge, Mark elevated his Tour stage victory total to 25 inching him closer to the all-time record of the great Eddy Merckx with 34. “We came here as a team and we won four stages, so it’s been a successful Tour,” proclaimed the Manxman. “We’re really happy and hopefully we can continue this successful season.” The 100th Tour de France was an overall outstanding success for Omega Pharma-Quick Step who, in addition to Cav’s exploits, picked up an additional two stages with Matteo Trentin and Tony Martin. The reigning World Time Trial Champion shook off his injuries from a crash earlier in the race and was able to pilot his S-Works Shiv to first place in the individual time trial into the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel. Martin was in the hot seat for the better part of three hours as he watched Chris Froome come close to challenging his winning time but, eventually, fell eleven seconds short, “It doesn’t matter if you win by one second or one minute, but it’s a great win for me,” said the German TT specialist. Adding to the celebrations was the dream-debut of Matteo Trentin who took a stage win in his very first Tour de France from an 18 man breakaway. This came just a day after Sylvain Chavanel’s Bastille Day attack on Mont Ventoux which earned him the Combativity prize for the stage. The French strong-man rode relentlessly throughout the Tour and celebrated his birthday with a Specialized Edition Tarmac SL4 that was nearly always active at the front of the race. Also making its debut at the 100th Tour de France was the all-new S-Works Evade helmet. The S-Works Evade is the perfect combination of class-leading aerodynamics and Prevail-like ventilation. It was the helmet of choice for all of the Specialized sponsored teams on the flatter, sprint stages and was even worn by riders in the second, hillier individual time trial. Mark Cavendish, who has been testing the S-Works Evade since Milan-San Remo, is already a big fan of the helmet, “I’m super happy with the S-Works Evade, straight away you can feel a difference, it’s fast and you don’t overheat in it either.” While Alberto Contador wasn’t able to achieve overall victory in Paris, he and his Saxo-Tinkoff team rode brilliantly throughout the Tour attacking till the end. Contador showed up hopeful for overall success aboard his Specialized Edition Tarmac SL4 and was ushered faithfully through France by his lead lieutenant Roman Krueziger. Both Contador and Kreuziger rode aggressively as the race passed through the Pyrenees and the Alps and were rewarded with a 4th and 5th place overall finish respectively for their efforts. The Tour de France is always an unyielding three weeks of racing that brings out the very best cycling has to offer. So from all of us here at Specialized to all of our athletes who braved this year’s edition, merci beaucoup and vive le Tour. For more info, videos, and daily photo galleries from The Tour please visit www.i-am-specialized.com Source:http://www.specialized.com/ca/en/news/latest-news/16496