#WEW1N - MADE IN RACING

Monday, July 14, 2014

Atop the summit of La Planche des Belles Filles, Vincenzo Nibali rode to yet another stage victory as well as pulling on the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the Tour de France. Crossing 7 categorized climbs, Nibali and his Astana team rode masterfully reeling in the final remnants of a breakaway that contained Omega Pharma – Quick Step rider, Michal Kwiatkowski. With about 2km to the summit finish, Nibali launched his attack as he chased down a lone Joaquim Rodriguez up the road. It’s the second solo victory for Nibali and carried the added bonus of putting even more time into his rivals heading into the first rest day.

Stage 10 had the type of profile that sends all but the purest climbers into a state of worry. With two category 1 climbs in the final 18km, the stage always had the possibility to shake up the GC standings. Nibali decided to tackle the cols astride his Rider-First Engineered S-Works Tarmac. Regarded as one of the best descenders in the peloton, Nibali relied on the superior handling and responsiveness of his Tarmac as well as the unrivaled grip and traction of the S-Works Turbo tires. In a stage that saw, yet again, a downpour of rain the slippery roads were made more manageable thanks to the high-performance characteristics inherent to the Gripton compound in the Turbo tires.

While Astana rejoiced, Tinkoff Saxo had a much more somber day. Succumbing to a heavy fall along the slicks roads of the Petit Ballon descent, Contador attempted to carry on but eventually was forced to abandon the race with a fractured tibia. In a Tour that is beginning to be characterized by the vast number of crashes, merely arriving in one piece at the finish is impressive. Equipment choice is more important than ever and Specialized Racing has been working tirelessly to ensure the riders always have the best possible technical advantage to choose from.

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


Atop the summit of La Planche des Belles Filles, Vincenzo Nibali rode to yet another stage victory as well as pulling on the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the Tour de France. Crossing 7 categorized climbs, Nibali and his Astana team rode masterfully reeling in the final remnants of a breakaway that contained Omega Pharma – Quick Step rider, Michal Kwiatkowski. With about 2km to the summit finish, Nibali launched his attack as he chased down a lone Joaquim Rodriguez up the road. It’s the second solo victory for Nibali and carried the added bonus of putting even more time into his rivals heading into the first rest day.

Stage 10 had the type of profile that sends all but the purest climbers into a state of worry. With two category 1 climbs in the final 18km, the stage always had the possibility to shake up the GC standings. Nibali decided to tackle the cols astride his Rider-First Engineered S-Works Tarmac. Regarded as one of the best descenders in the peloton, Nibali relied on the superior handling and responsiveness of his Tarmac as well as the unrivaled grip and traction of the S-Works Turbo tires. In a stage that saw, yet again, a downpour of rain the slippery roads were made more manageable thanks to the high-performance characteristics inherent to the Gripton compound in the Turbo tires.

While Astana rejoiced, Tinkoff Saxo had a much more somber day. Succumbing to a heavy fall along the slicks roads of the Petit Ballon descent, Contador attempted to carry on but eventually was forced to abandon the race with a fractured tibia. In a Tour that is beginning to be characterized by the vast number of crashes, merely arriving in one piece at the finish is impressive. Equipment choice is more important than ever and Specialized Racing has been working tirelessly to ensure the riders always have the best possible technical advantage to choose from.

Learn more about what team Astana is sharing after the win 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!