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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A solitary day ended in triumph as Tony Martin of Omega Pharma – Quick Step crossed the line in Mulhouse taking the first road stage Tour de France victory of his career. For nearly 150km, Martin battled off the front tackling the last 60km alone to come in ahead of a chasing group and yellow jersey leader Vincenzo Nibali. The current World Time Trial Champion escaped early in the race, dropping his fellow breakaway companion on the category 1 Markstein climb and finishing nearly 3 minutes ahead of the next chasing group. The day also carried the added benefit of seeing Martin don the polka-dot jersey, an accolade not many pure time-trialists have the honor of receiving.

Having already been in a number of breakaways thus far at the Tour, Martin chose to ride his new Rider-First Engineered, S-Works Tarmac coupled with the S-Works Turbo tires. With the undulating terrain, 6 categorized climbs, and numerous descents the new Tarmac was the perfect bike for the job thanks to its legendary handling and next-level responsiveness and stiffness. Looking to save every possible watt, Martin decided to wear the Evade helmet knowing full well he could be spending a lot of time in the wind alone today.

What started off looking like a difficult Tour for the OPQS boys has turned into a pure team effort with two stage wins thus far thanks to aggressive and savvy riding from everyone on the squad. While the celebrations continued for the boys in blue, Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team ended the day by conceding the yellow jersey to Frenchman Tony Gallopin. However, with the bulk of the pure mountain stages looming, it was a measured risk that gives the Astana team a bit of respite from the responsibilities the yellow jersey commands. With the first proper mountain summit finish on deck for tomorrow, the overall GC contenders will be sure to head to front and see how strong everyone truly is.

Learn more about what Tony is sharing after the win here: www.iamspecialized.com


A solitary day ended in triumph as Tony Martin of Omega Pharma – Quick Step crossed the line in Mulhouse taking the first road stage Tour de France victory of his career. For nearly 150km, Martin battled off the front tackling the last 60km alone to come in ahead of a chasing group and yellow jersey leader Vincenzo Nibali. The current World Time Trial Champion escaped early in the race, dropping his fellow breakaway companion on the category 1 Markstein climb and finishing nearly 3 minutes ahead of the next chasing group. The day also carried the added benefit of seeing Martin don the polka-dot jersey, an accolade not many pure time-trialists have the honor of receiving.

Having already been in a number of breakaways thus far at the Tour, Martin chose to ride his new Rider-First Engineered, S-Works Tarmac coupled with the S-Works Turbo tires. With the undulating terrain, 6 categorized climbs, and numerous descents the new Tarmac was the perfect bike for the job thanks to its legendary handling and next-level responsiveness and stiffness. Looking to save every possible watt, Martin decided to wear the Evade helmet knowing full well he could be spending a lot of time in the wind alone today.

What started off looking like a difficult Tour for the OPQS boys has turned into a pure team effort with two stage wins thus far thanks to aggressive and savvy riding from everyone on the squad. While the celebrations continued for the boys in blue, Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team ended the day by conceding the yellow jersey to Frenchman Tony Gallopin. However, with the bulk of the pure mountain stages looming, it was a measured risk that gives the Astana team a bit of respite from the responsibilities the yellow jersey commands. With the first proper mountain summit finish on deck for tomorrow, the overall GC contenders will be sure to head to front and see how strong everyone truly is.

Read full post race analysis here www.iamspecialized.com

S-RACING

As Vincenzo Nibali rode his new Tarmac to victory pulling on his very first yellow jersey as the leader of the 2014 Tour de France, the freshly minted Italian National Champion had the tireless work of his teammates and support staff to thank in the process.

Though it appears an individual sport, no great win in cycling is achieved without the sacrifice and support of the many who often go unnamed. #WEW1N exists to celebrate all our moments, from Tour de France wins to completing your first race, to claiming the KOM you've coveted to landing a new job. #WEW1N allows us all to share the victories we experience in our everyday lives.

So as our Specialized athletes battle for victory over the next few weeks in France, be sure to share your own wins with us on Facebook and Instagram, and show why together, #WEW1N!