PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Toms Skujins won stage 2 of the Coppi e Bartali which moved him into the leaders jersey. Unfortunately, he had a mechanical on the final stage in a key moment where he lost contact with the lead group ultimately losing his overall lead. After racing & being teammates with Toms in 2015 it’s very cool to start seeing him find success over in Europe with Cannondale-Drapac.
GENT – WEVELGEM
Greg Van Avermaet won Gent-Wevelgem this past weekend. He attacked late in the race to draw out the select favorites. Once they had their lead group, they started playing a bit of cat and mouse. Van Avermaet set off with Jens Keukeleire while the others looked at Peter to chase. Peter had no problem with sitting up after obviously being tired of having gone through that scenario before. After attacking the group only to be chased down by Terpstra, they finally started to work together. It wouldn’t be so though as Van Avermaet and Keukeleire would hold their gap to the finish. Peter would end up sprinting in for third. Following the race, Peter had some choice words to say about Terpstra in his post race interview.
TOUR OF TAIWAN
American riders and American teams have been finding success in Asia over at the Tour of Taiwan. Danny Summerhill of Unitedhealthcare took the win during stage 3 and with that came the leader’s jersey. It’s nice to see these American teams making the trek over to Asia to compete in these races and not just sit at home. With the current dwindling US domestic calendar teams need to be racing their riders and not just have them sitting on the couch training at home. Team Illuminate is another US-registered team which won the first stage with their Columbian rider Edwin Avila. KHS-Elevate is racing in Taiwan as well to make it three US registered teams racing.
CURRENT TEST BIKE
The latest test bike to come through the office is the Specialized S-Works full Shimano 9100 build. Now, this isn’t your standard S-Works as it is a complete Shimano build featuring their new Dura-Ace with Shimano wheels and Pro bar, stem, post and saddle. I’m quite excited to be currently out testing this bike as I’ve never had a chance to ride an S-Works and so far it’s been a treat. The S-Works frame alone comes at the cost of $3,800. With this bike, we are doing more of a dual test with the bike being a full Shimano project. Look for the full review in an upcoming issue as we will go over the Specialized aspect and Shimano aspect.
This has been a popular week for Sir Bradley Wiggins. The recently retired British star has been in the news quite a bit this week but unfortunately not for the best reasons. Once the UK anti-doping finishes their investigation into allegations that he was injected with triamcinolone, a powerful corticosteroid, at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race he plans to “shock a few people” with what he has to say. If that wasn’t enough a couple days later he comes out only to bash the “marginal gains” philosophy of Team SKY. Usually, if there is this much talk going on in the press, behind the scenes it’s a much more in depth story. Many people are curious to what he exactly has to say with rumors possibly of him throwing his former teammate Froome under the bus. Nobody quite knows yet what is really going on but Wiggins being Wiggins I’m sure what he has to say will truly shock a few people. Time will tell.
CCSD DIRTY DEVIL
This past weekend we went out the seventh annual Dirty Devil which is put on by CCSD events. The Dirty Devil is up in Alpine which is just east of San Diego. With Dirty Kanza coming up in just over two months the training has begun to get in gravel shape. I did this event last year on a road bike, but chose to try it out on a gravel bike this year; the Santa Cruz Stigmata. The dirt sections came early with many climbs and wash board descents which the bike was clearly an advantage over the road bikes. After 30 miles or so it turned to mainly pavement for the rest of the ride where the roadies had a bit of a leg up. The event was a good time as the sag stops were well stocked and the post ride BBQ was good in a pretty great setting. Our next event which we will be going to ride and cover will be the Campagnolo Gran Fondo down in San Diego April 9th. Hopefully, we’ll see some RBA readers out there as well.
DEGENKOLB’S PROJECT ONE TREK DOMANE
Trek unveiled a custom paint scheme that highlights the unique personality and talents of Trek-Segafredo star, John Degenkolb. This was made through Project One which Trek offers to its customers to design their own personal frame color scheme. I’ve always liked how Trek offers this and am always curious to see people utilize this from Trek.
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