OPQS Star Sends Strong Signal on Power of WiFLi
Tony Martin of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling in this year’s Tour de France is doing what the best pros do. He’s redefining himself, expanding his already expansive limits. Martin, a three-time world time trial champ, has been a super domestique for teammate Michal Kwiatkowski. Then, on a hilly Stage 9, Martin blazed his own trail riding the new SRAM RED 22 WiFLi™ 11-30 cassette to claim his first road-stage victory at the Tour. The victory in the mid-mountain stage into Mulhouse earned Martin the polka dot jersey for a day. The Tour’s own website praised Martin’s effort as an “enormous exploit.” Indeed, such feats are rooted in determination, strategy and preparation. SRAM WiFLi technology helped Martin keep the perfect pace and cadence over the 170 km stage’s six categorized climbs totaling 37.1 km.
“Everything worked perfectly in Stage 9. I knew I could sustain that kind of an effort in a mountain stage just as I do in a time trial,” Tony Martin said. “The SRAM WiFLi cassette with its 11-30 range gave me the gears to keep the pace I needed on the climbs while still having the ability to maximize speed on the descents.” Martin, as with his entire Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team, embraces innovation in equipment. In addition to riding SRAM WiFLi, Martin has been a pioneer in using Zipp Carbon Clinchers in time trials and also raced to a solo road victory this season aboard the new Zipp SL-70 Aero carbon bar.
The SRAM RED 22 WiFLi rear mid-cage derailleur for 11-30 and 11-32 cassettes deliver ultra-fast, ultra-quiet shifts that will always put you in the right gear. The two options provide more choices to pro riders as well as racers and cyclist enthusiasts when it comes to have the perfect setup for steep climbs.
More about SRAM WiFLi Technology
WiFLi = Wider - Faster – Lighter. SRAM's WiFLi™ Technology is based on the compact 2 x 10 or 11 - two front chainrings and 10 or 11 gears in the rear - design inherent in SRAM RED 22, Force 22, Rival 22 and Apex, which delivers a wider range of gears, up to 11-32, than your standard triple, faster shifts through two chainrings and every gear on the rear cassette, and with significant weight savings. WiFLi cassettes are also available for Force CX1.
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