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Cyclo-Cross Bikes at Paris-Roubaix 2010

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The Paris-Roubaix race is on and what you have to watch out for are cyclocross bikes. Robbie McEwen of Katusha has Ridley for a sponsor. Like many other competitors, he will be using a cyclocross bike in the competition. With Ridley’s principle of “Form follows Function”, most of the Katusha’s team rode on Ridley X-Fires on last year’s season. Ridley also sponsors the Telenet-Fidea and Sunweb-Reynor pro cyclo-cross teams. Filippo Pozzato won second to Tom Boonen last year riding the Ridley Damocles road setup.

McEwen came in second to Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) at the Scheldeprijs race. Although he is in good shape, he said that the Paris-Roubaix is more of a tactical move by the team. “My world ranking gives us good car position in the convoy, about sixth. Without me there, we’d be 21st.”

Cyclocross bikes of different kinds will grace the racing event. Milram team riders will most likely be…

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Boasson Hagen Gives Up Paris-Roubaix

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Team Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen has to sit out this Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix race because of an injury to his Achilles tendon. Greg Hendersen of New Zealand will take his place in the squad.

The 22-year-old Norwegian shares, “I still have pain when I’m riding harder training rides, so it’s not realistic to go to one of the toughest races of the season.”

Dave Brailsford of Team Sky agreed that Boasson Hagen’s decision is the best course of action regarding this matter, “We’ve assessed the situation from all possible angles and the conclusion is clear: he is not completely ready to race Paris-Roubaix.”

Boasson Hagen is one of the promising athletes in the cycling scene given that his UCI ranking has risen to third place this season. At the Tour of Oman last February, he came second.

Brailsford explains that Boasson Hagen’s health is of the utmost importance. “The most important thing, both long…

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Koga Cobblecrosser for the Paris-Roubaix

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The Koga Cobblecrosser is the result of Shimano and Koga’s partnership with Skil-Shimano. This bike is designed specifically for the Paris-Roubaix competition.

The Cobblecrosser is aptly named because it aims to help its rider on cobbled roads, irregardless of the climate, whether dry or wet. The frame has a wide space around the brakes and wheels. The frame is also of high quality shock absorbing material called scandium.

For better suspension, Shimano chose to include cantilever-type brakes and molded the 32-spoke wheelset with aluminium rims that are set low. Special satellite shifters and the Shimano electronic Di2 gear system are on the handle bars so you can shift gears with your hands.

The Koga Cobblecrosser frame comes in pitch-black color. The cyclists who will be using the special modified bike on Sunday at the Paris-Roubaix are Mitchell Docker, Koen de Kort, Floris Goesinnen, Roy Curvers, Robert Wagner, Steve Houanard, Tom Veelers and Robin…

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