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MTN-Qhubeka Makes History at Vuelta a España

26. August 2014 - 7 days ago

SRM Training Data: Vuelta Espana Team Time Trial Jerez - Jacques Janse van Rensberg By Dr Carol Austin, Director Health and Performance Team MTN-Qhubeka Team MTN-Qhubeka announced the arrival of African cycling by achieving a respectable 12th place finish in the opening stage of the Vuelta Espana 2014. The team powered through the 12.6km flat team time trial (TTT) course in 14:42, finishing just 29 secs off the winning team Movistar.  "For our our grand tour debut we did a really good job." said Jacques Janse van Rensburg. "We started off at about 95% effort through the first technical cobbled section. As soon as we got onto the smooth tar it was "full gas" for every rider. We raced through the first half well, setting a solid time for the intermediate check. In the final 2km uphill drag we were on the limit, but we timed our effort really well finishing with six riders. Our director sportifs, Manel Lacambra and Jens Zemke did a great job in determining the team order and guiding us through the course. We didn't take risks in the corners as we were concerned about the slippery surface which had resulted in crashes of other teams during practice sessions. I was sitting behind our two sprinters, Kristian and Gerald who were tasked with accelerating the team up to speed.  I am really happy with the performance of the team and I am confident that we will perform well in the next 3 weeks." 

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge

22. August 2014 - 11 days ago

The USA Pro Challenge rolled through Colorado Springs, home of SRM USA, in Stage 4 with a thrilling circuit through Garden of the Gods and over the infamous Ridge Road which hits grades of nearly 17 percent. The SRM sponsored teams continue to dominate in the Rocky Mountains with Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) leading the GC followed by Rafal Majka (Tinkoff Saxo). Cannondale Pro Cycling's Elia Viviani took the stage win while Jens Voigt delivered another epic 'pre-retirement' performance with Trek Factory Racing. SRM impressions from the visually astounding and physically demanding Stage 4, Colorado Springs 113km. 

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SRM's Tour de France Highlights

08. August 2014 - 25 days ago

The 101st Tour de France was one of the most challenging and memorable cycling events in recent years. Twenty-two teams raced over 3,600 kilometers enduring wind, rain, hail, and heat as they conquered mountain passes and navigated technical terrain through peloton pandemonium. This year’s peloton showcased many new eye-catching updates; teams sported new kit colors, next generation frame designs, chic helmet shapes, and techie handlebar accessories for capturing “inside the race” video footage - but one dramatic theme remained unchanged: SRM powers the peloton! In a year when the power meter market grew considerably with more brands positioning themselves in professional cycling, SRM continues to be the choice of the world’s top riders, trainers, technical directors, and sports scientists. With nine WorldTour teams selecting SRM as their official PowerMeter and six additional teams racing with SRM, nearly 70% of this year’s pro peloton was pushing #SRMpower. 

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Tour de France Stage 18

25. July 2014 - 1 month and 8 days ago

Trek Factory Racing: The last mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France included the two iconic climbs of Tourmalet and Hautacam, and was the penultimate opportunity ahead of the 54-kilometer time trial Saturday to sort out the final standings. Haimar Zubeldia and Fränk Schleck spent much of the 18th stage in the select yellow jersey group before everything detonated on the Hautacam. With an untouchable Nibali up the road the battle for the last two podium steps raged, and the attacks quickly sorted out two key units: Thibault Pinot (FDJ) and Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R) together in a group of four, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) towing five others - including Haimar - just behind.   Haimar finished just ahead of Valverde for ninth place on the stage, and leapt into 10th place overall. After all the grueling uphills of this year’s Tour the last mountain was the perfect ending for Trek Factory Racing: Haimar reached the team’s goal of finishing within the top 10 GC.   

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Tour de France Stage 13

21. July 2014 - 1 month and 12 days ago

July 18, Stage 13: Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 197.5km Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team climbed from sixth to fifth in the overall standings Friday on the strength of a sixth-place finish on the Tour de France's first day in the Alpine mountains. The BMC Racing Team is sponsored by SRM and Tejay along with the performance team staff shared van Garderen's SRM race file to illustrate the physical demands of a Tour de France Alpine stage. (Text and quote contribution from the BMC Racing Team Media Service) 

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