Crazy Stage 13 of Tour proves aero and stability matter
Aero and stability trump just about everything else when it comes to going fast on a bike.
Friday’s chaotic 173km Stage 13 of the Tour de France proved that out, as the peloton split into echelons on a flat-but-windswept course. And just who were those race leaders? Nine of the 14 riders to finish ahead of the yellow jersey-chase pack were members of Team Saxo-Tinkoff and the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team. That included stage winner Mark Cavendish and overall contender Alberto Contador, the two biggest victors on the day. The conditions and aggressive racing left the yellow jersey wearer and several other top contenders scrambling in vain to catch up to a select group of race leaders.
The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step and Team Saxo-Tinkoff riders used a mix of the 45mm deep 303 Firecrest and the 58mm deep 404 Firecrest in Stage 13. The two wheelsets feature Zipp’s proprietary Firecrest technology for unmatched stability in crosswinds and aerodynamic efficiency. That’s the Zipp Firecrest difference.
This dramatic performance comes just after Wednesday’s windswept individual time trial when Omega Pharma – Quick-Step riders Tony Martin, Michal Kwiatkowski and Sylvain Chavanel finished first, fifth and seventh respectively. That day, each man rode an 808 Firecrest / Super-9 Disc wheel combo.
Congrats to Omega Pharma-Quick-Step and Team Saxo-Tinkoff on a thrilling day of aggressive racing.