Opportunity abounds at this year’s Giro d’Italia.
And Zipp® is proud to have two teams – Team Saxo Bank and the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team – riding our purpose-built wheels and (for the first time in a Grand Tour) our bars, stems and seatposts.
The three-week-long Giro is action packed with time trials, mountains, rolling hills and flat terrain. It demands teams have a quiver full of wheels for each situation. Look for riders on 404 Firecrest®, 808 Firecrest and the Super-9 Disc for the prologue and time trials. You’ll also see plenty of the multipurpose 404 Firecrest and ultra-aero 808 Firecrest and the climber’s-companion Zipp 202 in the mountains.
The teams also rely on Zipp Service Course SL bars, stems and seatposts as well as the new Service Course® CSL bar, with its Super Short Reach bend, and the carbon SLSpeed seatpost. These precision components help achieve the proper fit to stay aero, efficient and comfortable for long days in the saddle.
This year’s Giro begins in Bjarne Riis' hometown of Herning, Denmark. Look for Manuele Boaro to make a great effort in the 8.7 km prologue. Watch for Juan José Haedo of Argentina in the bunch sprints. Aussie Luke Roberts figures to be a big engine in the team time trial.
Coming off a spectacular Spring Classics campaign, the team is sending a young but multi-talented group. Look for Italian sprinter Francesco Chicci in the bunch gallops. Chicci’s already collected multiple victories this year. Riders including Marco Bandiera, Mical Golas, Nikolas Maes and Martin Velits will look for opportunities in breakaways and Dario Cataldo and Serge Pauwels in the mountains for general classification.
The Giro begins Saturday and runs through May 27, ending with a 31.5 time trial in Milan.