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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rosa, Azzura, Rossa, Bianca… and SRAM RED 22

SRAM is well represented at the 2014 Giro d’Italia with three of the world’s best teams relying on RED 22 as they battle for the iconic Trofeo Senza Fine (endless trophy), stage wins as well as the coveted mountain (Azzura Jersey), points (Rossa Jersey) and best young rider (Bianca Jersey) classifications. Facing the Giro’s famously relentless climbs, many top contenders will be counting on SRAM WiFLi™ Technology at this year’s race.

Tinkoff-Saxo, based in Denmark, has a strong contender for the Maglia Rosa with Nicolas Roche as well as Rafal Majka. Last year, Roche rode admirably in support of Alberto Contador at the Tour de France and showed his leadership potential winning a stage and placing fifth overall at the Vuelta a España. Cannondale Pro Cycling of Italy will be led by two-time Giro winner Ivan Basso. What’s more, Elia Viviani will look to showcase his finishing sprint. Belgian-based Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling, strong as always in the Spring Classics, will focus on the Giro’s general classification with new all-arounder, Colombian Rigoberto Uran Uran. His support squad includes Thomas De Gendt and Alessandro Petacchi, who also will fight for the sprint victories.

The 97th edition of the Giro will cover 3.449.9km over 21 stages. The race starts far from home soil for three stages, including a team time trial, in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Dublin (Ireland). Back in Italy, the Giro will pay tribute to Marco Pantani, who died tragically 10 years ago, with three climbs featured in his honor: Monte Carpegna, Oropa and Montecampione, two of which relate to his most memorable victories.

The race’s third week features incredibly steep climbs such as the Monte Zoncolan, the Rifugio Panarotta and Val Martello. The SRAM WiFLi setup, mid-cage rear derailleur combined with an 11-32 or 11-30 cassette, will be a race-proven choice for many SRAM sponsored athletes.

In fact, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) initially tested a prototype WiFLi setup on the famed Zoncolan climb several years ago and now relies on it for his biggest races, including his recent Stage 5 at the Tirreno-Adriatico. Expect more WiFLi at the Giro.

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Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)

- Ivan Basso (ITA)
- Oscar Gatto (ITA)
- Michel Koch (GER)
- Paolo Longo Borghini (ITA)
- Alan Marangoni (ITA)
- Moreno Moser (ITA)
- Daniele Ratto (ITA)
- Davide Villella (ITA)
- Elia Viviani (ITA)

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling (BEL)

- Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
- Thomas De Gendt (BEL)
- Iljo Keisse (BEL)
- Serge Pauwels (BEL)
- Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
- Wout Poels (NED)
- Pieter Serry (BEL)
- Rigoberto Uran Uran (COL)
- Julien Vermote (BEL)

Tinkoff Saxo (DEN)

- Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN)
- Jay McCarthy (AUS)
- Rafal Majka (POL)
- Evgeny Petrov (RUS)
- Pawel Poljanski (POL)
- Nicolas Roche (IRL)
- Michael Rogers (AUS)
- Ivan Rovny (RUS)
- Chris Anker Sørensen (DEN)

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