Perfect bike, perfect day
Tom Boonen’s historic victory in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix was a show of the Belgian superstar’s incredible power and determination. But it also demonstrated his and the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team’s savvy use of technology.
It all started several years ago with a daring drive to design carbon wheels that were aero and light yet tough enough to thrive on France and Belgium’s famously rocky roads.
Carbon wheels simply won’t work on cobbles, critics contended. But Zipp undertook years of testing and development, and the results proved the power of persistence. Now, the Zipp 303 has been the victorious wheelset in five of the past six Flanders/Roubaix races.
As for a handlebar, Boonen has settled into using the Zipp Service Course CSL, one of Zipp's bars specifically designed for the needs of pro riders.
The Service Course CSL has Zipp’s new Super Short Reach drop bend to place SRAM® RED control levels within easy reach. Other nice touches include an ovalized top section for greater comfort and an ergonomic bend on the drops angled outward by 2 degrees for a better wrist position. Boonen also has switched from a 46 cm to a 44 cm bar for a better aero-position – perfect for a solo effort into Roubaix.
Boonen’s Specialized® Roubaix also was equipped with the new SRAM RED – 2012 groupset.
Speaking before his historic win, “Tommeke” summarized it all succinctly: “The bikes and Zipp wheels are perfect.”
To learn more about the Zipp wheels, bars, stems, seatposts and accessories used by pros visit your local Zipp dealer or Zipp.com.