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Giro TT Lance Armstrong Helmet

Giro recently made a time trial helmet especially for Lance Armstrong which he wore on the 2010 Tour de France prologue. Named “LAX”, the TT helmet works to give Armstrong two to three second-advantage over his rivals.

One can say that the helmet proved to be an advantage since Armstrong finished fourth on the event. However, it is unlikely that Giro will create the “LAX” for commercial use since the helmet basically works for Armstrong because it was designed specifically for him.

Giro shared that it took several months to conceptualize and actualize the helmet’s design. This was also due to the fact that Armstrong was literally hard to get hold of because of his busy schedule. The only way to get around this challenge was to create a replica of the cyclist which cost $15,000.00. The testing of the helmet was done on this model of Armstrong.

Chris Bullock tells…

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Stage 4 Tour de France owned by Petacchi

stage 4 tour de france owned by petacchi 300x198   Stage 4 Tour de France owned by PetacchiAlessandro Petacchi (Lampre) remains true to his namesake “Ale Jet” by winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France. He bested Julian Dean (Garmin), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Robert Hunter (Garmin) for the first place.

The 36-year old sprinter was propelled to the front with the help of his teammate Francesco Gavazzi and the rest of the Lampre team. They fought off HTC/Columbia and Garmin-Transitions riders during the final kilometer.

Petacchi was also pleased to bring truth to words he said on his first victory during stage 1 since Mark Cavendish (HTC/Columbia) came up only at 12th place despite a perfect lead set up by his team.

The green jersey was kept by Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) as Petacchi was ten points away from Hushovd’s point count.

Astana’s bet Alberto Contador came 32nd, George Hincapie for BMC Racing Team came in at 34th while seven-time Tour…

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Sigma Sport Race Edition ROX 9.0 Lime Green

sigma sport race edition rox 9 0 lime green   Sigma Sport Race Edition ROX 9.0 Lime Green

Sigma Sport is taking part in the 7 stage Jeantex Tour Transalp, which starts June 27th in Mittenwald Germany, and to celebrate the event, Sigma Sport will launch a lime green ROX 9.0 Race Edition computer. For those interested in the race, thousands of amateur cyclists will ride a total of 485 miles.

The ROX 9.0 is Sigma’s highest end triple wireless computer, built to hold and provide a lot of data, and is reliable. With the newly launched Data Center 2.0 software and docking station, statistics are easy to download and read on the road. The Sigma Sport Race Edition ROX 9.0 Lime Green will first debut at the Jeantex Tour Transalp, while 20 selected cyclists will test the computer on challenging courses. If you are interested in purchasing, they are limited and MSRP is $249.99.

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Hushovd takes Stage 3 Tour de France 2010

hushovd takes stage 3 tour de france 2010 300x215   Hushovd takes Stage 3 Tour de France 2010Thor Hushovd of Norway (Cervelo Test Team) claimed the green jersey after a gruesome and cruel race from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg at the third stage of the Tour de France. It was a bittersweet victory since the treacherous stage claimed fellow cyclist, Frank Schleck of Saxo Bank.

The leading support cyclists for Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) was his brother Frank. However, Frank failed to deliver his defensive talents when he crashed and was badly injured on one of the cobblestone sectors in the race for the yellow jersey. Teammate Jens Voigt expressed his thoughts on the stage 3 race.

“Because of this reckless and dangerous game the organizers have played with the riders’ health, I lost one of my best friends in bike racing due to a broken collarbone.”

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), the Paris-Roubaix champion maneuvered the cobblestones and sprinted away from Lance Armstrong (RadioShack), Alberto…

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Mavic Yksion K10 Wheelset

mavic k10 wheelset 300x225   Mavic Yksion K10 WheelsetThe K10 is Mavic’s latest wheelset to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Mavic Ksyrium. This was the first wheelset from Mavic which was used with aerodynamic spokes. The K10 wheelset includes tires and inner tubes and wheel weights for the Yksion. It has no skewers and weighs 638/832 grams for front/rear without tires and tubes.

The tire weighs 225 grams each and uses a dual compound tread called GripLINK. This allows for a strong and steady grip on the road, especially when you are speeding up or turning on a sharp corner. The K10 guarantees a smooth ride with sturdy, stiff yet light tires, reinforced with technology like ISM 3D with rims and Isopulse spoke lacing.

Topping at 2100 grams with tires and tubes, the Mavic K10 wheelset retails at $1,400.00.

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Blue Axino 2011 Road Bike

2011 axino road bike 300x225   Blue Axino 2011 Road BikeThe 2011 Axino Road Bike is the latest model creation from Blue Competition Cycles. The Axino is made with a monocoque construction and weighs less than 1000 grams. It has seatstays that are adjusted to make bumpy rides more comfortable.

The Blue Axino 2011 has a tapered headtube with cable housing. The cables go through the carbon tubes inside the frame. The rear brake housing is tucked forward to avoid brushing against your knee. It has a BB30 bottom bracket that has the Direct Drive technology; The one-piece bottom bracket and chainstay structure is not easily dislodged because of it.

The 2011 Axino Road Bike comes with the Aerus carbon seatpost, handlebars and alloy stem. It has a water bottle, carbon cage and Prologo saddle. The frameset retails for $2100.

Targeting one-day classics and crits, you can also avail of the Axino with SRAM Red, 303 carbon clinchers,…

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Blue RC8 Road Bike

rc8 road bike 300x171   Blue RC8 Road BikeThe RC8 is one of Blue Competition Cycles’ top road bike frames. Ideal for triathlons as well, the RC8 is made with a full carbon frame with the use of lugs and tubes. The RC8 frameset also features Aerus Composites T700 with C4SL carbon aero fork with carbon dropouts of 335 grams.

The Blue RC8 road bike comes with the SRAM Red components. Tires are Vittoria Diamante Pro rubber with HED Ardennes C2 wheels. The bars, stem and seatpost is still from Aerus which includes the Aerus Conquest T700 Mono Box bottom bracket shell.

The RC8 road bike is available in eight sizes (XS, SM, ST, MD, MT, ML, LG, XL) and the frameset comes in colors red and blue. Retail price for the frameset is $1,900.00. It is also compatible with Shimano components.

For the complete RC8 with SRAM Red, the retail price is $6,100.00. With…

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