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Back 7.11.2017

Select KATUSHA ALPECIN Riders on Disc Brakes at Tour

Getting time on Zipp disc-brake wheelsets was part of the strategy during the first week of this year’s Tour de France for Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. From Stages 2 through 6, a rider from the team was on SRAM RED eTap HRD with Zipp 454 NSW or Zipp Firecrest Disc-brake wheels.

Swiss Reto Höllenstein rode disc brakes in Stages 2 and 7, German Tony Martin in Stage 4, Norwegian Kristoff in Stage 5, and German Rick Zabel in Stage 6.
KATUSHA ALPECIN is open to new technology, including the team’s quick embrace of the Zipp 454 NSW (rim and disc-brake versions) as the go-to wheel for much of the team’s roster.

Team leader Kristoff was an early adopter of disc brakes, riding them on his training bike last year and at this year’s Amgen Tour of California. Others are Martin and Michael Mørkøv, who rode disc brakes early this season at Paris-Nice. For a WorldTour team such as KATUSHA ALPECIN, making a significant equipment shift is a complicated endeavor, which is one reason for the gradual approach. At the same time, disc brake usage in the pro peloton is on the rise.

Pros are riding disc brakes for the strong braking performance, especially in wet weather or descents. Disc brakes also provide excellent speed modulation – something crucial in the hyper-fast Tour peloton.

Learn more about disc brakes for road by listening to this ZippCast with Zipp’s advanced engineering team.