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2018 Zipp Global Tri Roster: New and Returning Stars

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Alistair Brownlee is back on Zipp. 

Zipp makes key additions to its already star-packed global pro triathlon roster for 2018.

Returning Stars

Heavy hitters include multi-time world champs Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle, both of Germany. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain and brother Jonathan Brownlee, also an ITU World Champion return as well. Alistair’s stellar foray into long-course triathlon was cut short by injury last year, so watch for motivated performances from him in 2018. Three-time Ironman® world champ and longtime Zipp, SRAM, and Quarq athlete Mirinda Carfrae of Australia returns to competition after having a baby.

Australians Josh Amberger and Jake Montgomery are poised for breakthrough seasons. Melissa Hauschildt and Annabel Luxford, of Australia, are top threats in 70.3® and Ironman® events. Ashleigh Gentle of Australia is a top performer in Olympic distance races. Other returning pros are Jake Birtwhistle (Australia), Andi Boecherer (Germany), Matt Hanson (USA), Sarah Haskins (USA), Non Stanford (GB) and Nick Kastelien (AUS).

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From top, Annabel Luxford, Sebastian Kienle, and Josh Amberger. 

New Faces, Some Already Familiar

American Andrew Talansky’s entry into long-distance triathlon is one of the sport’s most intriguing storylines for 2018. Talansky, nicknamed “Pit Bull,” retired last year from a highly successful cycling career highlighted with top 10 finishes in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España and overall victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné. Talansky, a strong time trialist, will focus on long-distance events.

Other newcomers to Zipp’s triathlon roster include one of the sport’s emerging stars, Australian Sarah Crowley. A certified accountant, she is now fully focused on triathlon and already has won the ITU Long Course World Championship, Ironman® European and Asia Pacific Championships and placed third at last year’s Ironman® World Championship.

Denmark’s Maja Stage Nielsen, 12th in her debut at Kona, also joins our roster. Also, American Haley Chura, one of the stronger swimmers on the Ironman® circuit, returns to our roster. Zipp also welcomes American Alissa Doehla, a former professional runner. Doehla was named USA Triathlon’s Women’s Rookie of the Year in 2017. Kaisa Sali (Finland), fifth at Kona last year and Ironman® South Africa champion, is also new onboard.

What They’re Riding

Wheels and Aerobars

Zipp’s Firecrest and NSW lineups, including the 454 and 858 NSW wheels, and Super-9 provide our athletes with every available aero option. These are available in rim or disc-brake versions.

Zipp sponsored triathletes also will ride:
Vuka Aero: an integrated aero bar that can be used with any stem to help you find your ideal position on the bike.
Vuka Evo and Vuka Race extensions: fit-driven shapes to help you dial in your position. 
Vuka Fit software tool and App: designed to apply a rider’s fit coordinates to Zipp aerobars.
For ITU, Zipp Service Course SL alloy and Zipp SL Speed carbon bars, stems and seatposts provide more options for better rider fit and best-in-class durability, performance and stiffness-to-weight ratios.