SRAM acquires Zipp, providing Zipp with additional expertise and resources.
Carlos Sastre of Spain wins Alpe d’Huez, taking the yellow jersey and setting up his Tour de France victory. We still display his yellow jersey in our Indianapolis office.
This is one of Zipp’s most significant years. In April, Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara wins the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix in commanding style aboard Zipp 303 wheels. This accomplishment was a monumental moment in Zipp’s history, as it marked the first time carbon wheels were ridden to victory in the two most famous cobbled Spring Classics. Late in the year, Zipp introduces its Firecrest design including the Firecrest Carbon Clinchers. Its wide rim design proves faster and more stable in crosswinds. The resin system in the carbon clinchers successfully manages heat on even the longest mountain descents. Firecrest technology would become the foundation for Zipp’s modern wheel innovations.
Zipp athletes also shine. At the Road World Championships, Zipp swept the podium in the road race with Norway's Thor Hushovd, gold; Matti Breschel (Denmark), silver; and Allan Davis (Australia) bronze. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) and Emma Pooley (Great Britain) won time trial gold medals. In triathlon, Australia’s Chris McCormack won the men’s and Mirinda Carfrae the women’s Kona World Championship.
To cap off this amazing year, Zipp (along with key SRAM functions) moved into a purpose-built new facility at 5315 Walt Place in Indianapolis, about 5 miles northwest of our old Speedway factory.
Tom Boonen of Omega Pharma-Quick-Stepp enjoys one of the most successful Spring Classic seasons of the era, winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix on back-to-back Sundays aboard Zipp 303s.
Dutchman Niki Terpstra launched his ultimately successful solo attack with about 6km remaining in the 2014 Paris-Roubaix.