SRAM on all fronts
What a weekend for SRAM Men and Women Road riders and Triathletes
Imperial Jan Frodeno
Jan Frodeno (GER) brought another well-timed attack at the Oceanside 70.3® triathlon to repeat his win of a year ago (3:47:08). The lanky and powerful German, with a unique mix of Australian and South African accents, has been a dedicated SRAM athlete since early 2008.
Before Abu Dhabi, while training in Australia to prepare his 2015 season, “Frodissimo” had a bad bike crash that postponed the start of his season to Oceanside. Now there is no doubt the bronze medalist in Kona is in top shape. We are looking forward to his next challenge.
J. Brownlee flies away
Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) put an end to Javier Gomez’ ITU Auckland reign of three straight victories. This year, the tough and hilly course was even more difficult because of wet conditions.
The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist covered the 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 26 seconds and beat Spanish defending champion Javier Gomez by 15 seconds. Both triathletes are riding SRAM RED 22.
The British Champion signs here, his first victory of the season but certainly not the last one. At the same time he takes the lead of the WTS ITU General Classification.
Photo credit: ScottieT
Armitstead keeps shining
The Commonwealth Games road race champion, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team), out-sprinted, World Champion, Pauline Férrand-Prévot to take Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the second race of the 10-race UCI Women’s Road World Cup series.
With this fourth victory this season (two stages and the overall classification at the Ladies Tour of Qatar), Lizzie Armitstead also takes the lead of the overall UCI Women Road World Cup ranking.
The British rider is now focused on one of her most important goals, Women’s Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
Her Dutch team, Boels-Dolmans, already has seven victories this season and, with the winner of the 2014 Tour of Flanders in their squad, will be the team to beat…
Photo credit: Balint Hamvas, CyclePhotos
Since the start of his season at Santos Tour Down Under, Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R LA MONDIALE) shows that he is part of the very best climbers and stage-race riders in the World. He is now third on the overall UCI WorldTour Ranking. That is a good omen for the rest of the season and especially his key priority: the Giro d’Italia.
At Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain), the Italian rider won the third stage ahead of Rigoberto Uran, Dan Martin, Alberto Contador, Fabio Aru and the eventual GC winner Richie Porte.
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Photo credit: Tim de Waele
Péraud repeats in Corsica
For the second year in a row, Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R LA MONDIALE) won the Criterium International (Corsica, France). On the final stage, on the col d’Ospedale with 6km to go, the French rider attacked to take the first victory of the season and the general classification at the same time.
The brilliant performance of JC Péraud is not the only one for AG2R LA MONDIALE. Two other riders finished in the top 10. Jan Bakelants, a Tour de France stage winner in Corsica in 2013, ranked 6th and Alexis Vuillermoz 9th allowing the French team to take the overall team classification.