Tom Boonen & Disc Brakes Make History
Well, it finally happened. The UCI Pro Peloton took one of it’s last, and most fitting, steps into the future when Tom Boonen used is disc brake equipped Specialized to win a stage at the Vuelta a San Juan. Hopefully now the floodgates of disc brake equipped bikes used in the WorldTour will open since every major manufacturer has already adapted their use for production bikes.
Here’s what the team release said:
Tom Boonen does a big lead-out for Fernando Gaviria, the Colombian sprints to victory. Vuelta a San Juan stage 2: Fernando Gaviria picks up lead-out duties, and Tom Boonen snatches the win, his second on Argentinean turf. So far, that’s been the story of the 35th Vuelta a San Juan, a race in which both Gaviria and Boonen got their season underway in style.
Nothing was left to chance in the final meters, when Max Richeze (the only Argentinean to ride at World Tour level) and race leader Fernando Gaviria dug deep to take Tom Boonen at the front and launch him to victory, the team’s third in 2017. The win – first ever of a rider on a bike equipped with disc brakes – means that Quick-Step Floors continues to lead the teams standings going into the third stage of Vuelta a San Juan.