WiFLi Helps Rogers Rise to Challenge on Monte Zoncolan
It was a brutal introduction to a brutal climb. At the foot of the famed Monte Zoncolan, the riders in the Giro d’Italia’s Stage 20 passed under a banner reading “Le porte dell’Inferno” — the gate of hell. In terms of cycling climbs, it was hardly an exaggeration. The Monte Zoncolan features sections over 22% gradient and an average of 14% in the middle of the climb. It was an obstacle on the minds of the some of the world’s best cyclists, including climbing specialists, since the 2014 Giro route was first announced.
For Michael Rogers and Tinkoff-Saxo, preparation for this challenge included SRAM WiFLi. In the end, Rogers took the solo victory Saturday atop Monte Zoncolan, for what was likely the most beautiful win of his career. The 34-year-old Australian rider;s SRAM WiFLi provided the perfect gearing for all the incredible steep climbs: SRAM RED 22 mid-cage rear derailleur paired with an 11-32 cassette and a 52/36 chainring combination in the front.
Most riders from our three pro teams, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling and Tinkoff Saxo made the same choice for the majority of the stages in the third week of the Giro. Either using the 11-30 or the 11-32 cassette, they always had the right gear to climb to the top.
In fact, Colombian rider Rigoberto Uran of Omega Pharma — Quick-Step Pro Cycling made history Sunday when he finished second overall in the Giro, becoming the first rider in the team’s illustrious history to finish on the podium at a Grand Tour.