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NUNSPEET, Netherlands (29 july) – In sheer numbers, Shimano must be the outright winner of the past Tour de France. Tallying groups, pedals and shoes Shimano clearly takes the edge. Technically speaking, the most outstanding news is the acceptance of the Shimano wheelsets with their inverted and paired spoke technology. Not the least riders in […]

NUNSPEET, Netherlands (29 july) – In sheer numbers, Shimano must be the outright winner of the past Tour de France. Tallying groups, pedals and shoes Shimano clearly takes the edge. Technically speaking, the most outstanding news is the acceptance of the Shimano wheelsets with their inverted and paired spoke technology. Not the least riders in the peloton have in the past used the wheels of their preference instead of the team sponsors’ wheels. And justifiably so, because the subtle combination of hub, spokes, rim and tire must absolutely give the right feeling of stiffness and resilience the rider can trust in. The whole Kelme team, winners of the team prize, rode Shimano WH-7000 wheels, and French idol Laurent Jalabert had ample opportunity to show his carbonfiber Dura Ace wheels when taking honours on the French national holiday. For the record:
Yellow jersey: Lance Armstrong, Shimano Dura Ace
Green Jersey: Erik Zabel, Campagnolo Record
Red dot Jersey: Laurent Jalabert, Shimano Dura Ace + Shimano wheels
White Jersey (best youngster): Oscar Sevilla, Shimano Dura Ace + Shimano wheels
Team prize: Kelme, Shimano Dura Ace + Shimano wheels
Overall: 16 (out of 20 stages) won by riders using Shimano components.

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