SRAM athletes shined with the world watching. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined up at the race routes, but also live TV coverage broadcast to 150 countries reached an audience of 250 million people daily, making the UCI Road World Championships one of the greatest summer sports event ever held in Austria. Not only was it Anna van der Breggen’s first individual World Championship title, her victory signalizes the very first UCI Elite Road Race World Championship title won on disc brakes.
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Dutch star Anna van der Breggen won the women road race with an impressive solo effort. The world title adds to her double silver performance at the team time trial with Boels-Dolmans Pro Cycling and individual time trial earlier this week.
We spoke with Anna and Boels-Dolmans Pro Cycling after her historic victory in Innsbruck, Tirol:
-Since this was a mountain course, what advantage did you feel the hydraulic disc-brakes provided you? You are actually the first Elite rider to win a World title riding disc-brakes.
Anna: "I can brake much later in the decent than with the “older” rim breaks. It’s always nice to stay as long as possible on the maximum speed, and knowing you can relay on your brakes. With disc brakes you know you can."
-For you, what was the underlying reason for switching to disc brakes?
Anna: "We as team always want to work with the top products. When the disc brake came on the market, we knew this is a product that gives your riders an advance in all weather conditions. That’s what we want for our safety and trust in the equipment."
-Congratulations to you and the Team for exceptional performances at this years Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Tirol, Anna! Enjoy.
Anna's Bike profile:
Drivetrain: SRAM RED eTap HRD
Frame: Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc
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