28-tooth top sprockets fitted to handle hills
This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
While riders were tackling yesterday’s tough 10.4km time trial in Lyon, won by Team Sky's Chris Froome, mechanics were busy prepping road bikes for today’s lumpy second stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné that finished atop the Col du Béal.
Froome took back-to-back victories in the first two stages, proving yet again that he is as adept against the clock as he is climbing mountains. It was his first win aboard the Pinarello Dogma F8, released at the end of the Giro d'Italia.
Only Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) could survive with the Briton's high-cadence pace, as the pair crossed the finish line with the same time.
Trek also chose the second stage to debut its new, yet-to-be-launched road frame.
Many riders opted for a 28-tooth ring in their cassette to cope with the interminable hills they faced during the 158.5km stage that culminated at the top of the Col du Béal.
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