2014 Tour de France Preview 21 Stages on SRAM RED 22
The 2014 Tour de France throws a lot at its competitors… Twisty UK roads, cobbles, mountains. Three of the world’s best teams -- Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Cannondale Pro Cycling and Tinkoff Saxo – line up for this ultimate test counting on SRAM RED 22.
The race starts in the United Kingdom, extra motivation for superstar sprinter Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to win Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate for the honor of pulling on the race’s first maillot jaune. In this golden age of field sprinting, expect many others to challenge, including green jersey winner Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador has eyes on final victory in Paris. OPQS’ Michał Kwiatkowski also is a GC threat. Of course, the road will be challenging in every way, including 15.4 kilometers from the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix, on Stage 5.
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Saturday, July 5, through Sunday, July 27, with 21 stages covering 3,664 kilometers:
- 9 flat stages (Smooth shifting from DoubleTap® technology -- and 11-tooth cog in SRAM cassettes – are key)
- 5 hill stages (SRAM RED’s Yaw™ technology provides seamless front shifting for varied terrain)
- 6 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes (SRAM RED 22 means twenty-two usable gears in all gear combinations with no rasp or rub as well as powerful brakes)
- 1 individual time trial stage (R2C 22 and 55-tooth Yaw rings to throw down in the race of truth)
- 2 rest days (No rest for team staff and mechanics -- riders on massage tables, RED 22 bikes on mechanic stands!)
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Equipment: SRAM RED 22; Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts; Quarq power meters
Scouting report: Powerhouse team built to support Mark Cavendish. Team is packed with some of the sport’s biggest stars including time trial world champ Tony Martin and Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra, capable of winning stages or donning the yellow jersey. Michał Kwiatkowski also holds the potential for a high overall finish or stage win. OPQS has other stage hunters. Last year, Jan Bakelants won a stage and wore the yellow jersey. Matteo Trentin also won a stage in 2013.
- Jan Bakelants (BEL)
- Mark Cavendish (GBR)
- Michal Golas (POL)
- Michal Kwiatkowski (POL)
- Tony Martin (GER)
- Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
- Mark Renshaw (AUS)
- Niki Terpstra (NED)
- Matteo Trentin (ITA)
Equipment: SRAM RED 22.
Scouting report: The team will be motivated to help Peter Sagan win stages and defend his green jersey from 2012 and 2013. Another great storyline for the team is the return to the Tour of American Ted King, who narrowly and controversially missed the time-cut in last year’s team time trial.
- Maciej Bodnar (POL)
- Edward King (USA)
- Kristijan Koren (SLO)
- Matthias Krizek (AUT)
- Marco Marcato (ITA)
- Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)
- Jean-Marc Marino (FRA)
- Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
- Peter Sagan (SVK)
- Elia Viviani (ITA)
Equipment: SRAM RED 22.
Scouting report: Surrounded by a super-team, Alberto Contador looks to have the prep and form to regain the top step in Paris. With Roman Kreuziger, Nicolas Roche and Mick Rogers, this team is stacked with super-domestiques, potential stage winners and top-10 contenders. Fun fact – Contador has been racing SRAM RED since it debuted in 2008. This year, he’s got the prep and form of his life to regain the top step in Paris.
- Daniele Bennati (ITA)
- Alberto Contador (SPA)
- Jesús Hernández (SPA)
- Rafal Majka (POL)
- Michael Mørkøv (DEN)
- Sergio Paulinho (POR)
- Nicolas Roche (IRE)
- Michael Rogers (AUS)
- Matteo Tosatto (ITA)