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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With a clear view of the finish Team Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin won Wednesday’s 184.5km Tour de France stage to Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, in 4:36:33. The 26 year-old Russian, who had lost a contact lens that hampered his efforts to win Monday’s stage 15, powered away from the Tour’s best climbers on the 9% finishing grade.

The win marked Zakarin’s return to winning form after crashing out of the Giro’s 19th stage and suffering a fractured collarbone. Zakarin was tipped as the team’s best option for a win on a mountain stage by team director Dmitry Konyshev, and did not disappoint. 

The win was the first at the 2016 Tour for the world’s lightest electronic groupset, SRAM RED® eTap®.

Zakarin’s Stage Winning Ride:

Frameset: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Components: SRAM RED® eTap®

Wheels: Zipp® 202 Tubular

Power: SRAM RED Quarq® power meter

Chainrings: 53/39

Cassette: 11-28 

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