Team Sky Reveals Secret Weapon For Cobbled Routes

Sky has unveiled their secret weapon that would assist them in the cobbled routes. It’s a special suspension cobble bike from Pinarello Dogma range, co-engineered by Jaguar.

The cobble-smoothing suspension bike would be used by Sky stalwarts like Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas & other riders from the team in the coming Flanders Tour & Paris-Roubaix.

The carbon-fibre bike features shock placed on top of wishbone seat. Equipped with Dogma Suspension technology, the Pinarello bike affords 10mm movement. It’s engineered to soften riding blow over the cobblestones & keep rear wheel well tracked over the rough surfaces.

Christian Knees and Bradley Wiggins tested the special bike last month on cobbled route of last 130 kms of Paris-Roubaix track. The suspension bike has been released post extensive testing & performance analysis & was only launched after being assured of guaranteed compatibility with the Classics.

As per Sky, the cycle frame weighs around 900g. Pinarello & Jaguar have come up with flat carbon, flexible fibre chain stays to accommodate rear movement.

Figures produced from Jaguar showed that the all-new K8-S bike frame aided to create overall performance increment of 4.6 percent & 50 percent enhanced comfort for cyclists over the tough terrains from earlier Dogma K version.

The 2012 Tour de France champ is hugely impressed with the new bike frame. READ MORE

Geraint Thomas Says His Volta Ao Algrave Win Was An Unexpected One

Geraint Thomas, the 28 years old Welsh Professional Cyclist who rides for the British team Sky has said that his winning the Volta ao Algrave’s second stage was something that he never expected to happen. Geraint Thomas was behind the 27 year old Estonian cyclist who rides for team Astana but he finally managed to beat the Estonian to the finish line.

Thomas said that after he decided to follow the Astana rider, he took a look at the back and saw that the rest of the racers are behind him. After that he took some deep breaths and rode as fast as can and managed to maintain a fair amount of gap in between him and Taaramae.

Geraint Thomas was 19 seconds ahead of Taaramae. Geraint Thomas said that he honestly didn’t expect to win by such a margin. He said that it was known to him that his performance was well but he didn’t know how hard the climb would be. He said that it was a steep climb in the beginning and then at the middle it was not that much steep but the climb towards the top was indeed a steep one. He said that on the way down, it is possible to reduce the gap and he did manage to put in enough effort to become the winner of the race. READ MORE