A weekend of champions
All we can say is, wow, what a weekend.
Zipp-sponsored athletes continued to amaze with more than a dozen victories or podium finishes across the globe over the past few days. The triumphs came in a diverse array of events – road races, criteriums, time trials and triathlon. And with a variety of Zipp wheels.
- Alistair Brownlee cruised to victory Sunday at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Kitzbühel, showing he’s fully back from his Achilles injury. Brother Jonathan Brownlee finished 49 seconds back for second. Their 404 Firecrest wheels served both brothers well.
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- In the women’s race Saturday in Kitzbühel, Lisa Norden of Sweden and Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand finished second and third respectfully.
- Two-time Ironman world champ Chris “Macca” McCormack outkicked fellow Australian Tim Berkel at the end of the run to win Ironman 70.3 Japan. Macca looked strong on the bike riding his Sub-9 Disc and 808 Firecrest front wheel.
- Sarah Haskins had a successful trip to the City of Brotherly Love, winning the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon.
- Michael Lovato captured the pro division at the Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs in Texas.
- Nikki Butterfield was third at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.
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- Tom Boonen -- riding a 404 Firecrest front and 808 Firecrest rear -- easily outsprinted his breakaway companions to win the Belgian National Road Championship, one of his big objectives after the Spring Classics.
- Niki Terpstra soloed in for an impressive victory in heavy rain to claim Dutch National Championship.
- Michal Golas sprinted to victory in the Polish National Championship, and then dedicated the victory to his wife and young daughter.
- Matt Brammeier attacked with 2 km left in the Irish National Championship to solo in for the victory.
- Dario Cataldo rode a Super-9 Disc in the rear and 808 Firecrest in the front to capture the Italian National Time Trial Championship on Sunday. The team already had collected other TT national titles from Sylvain Chavanel of France, Tony Martin of Germany and Peter Velits of Slovakia.
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- Theresa Cliff-Ryan won the U.S. Elite National Criterium Championship in Augusta, Ga. She chose a super-fast setup for the super-fast race – a 404 Firecrest front, 808 Firecrest rear. That result was a nice follow up to Just days ago Kaitie Antonneau’s national championship in the Under-23 time trial.
- Greta Neimanas won C5 National Criterium Championships and was named to U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team that will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Aug. 29-Sept. 9. She rode 404 Firecrest wheels for her victory.
- Rhae Shaw sprinted to victory at the Elite Canadian National Criterium Championships in Quebec.