For the first time in Tour de France history, Italy's fi’zi:k saddles is dominating the peloton as the premiere saddle supplier and sponsor to participating Pro Tour and Pro Continental teams. Of the twenty select 2009 Tour de France teams, 8 will be riding fi’zi:k saddles.
Many of the 2009 Tour de France teams will using the new ultra light Antares road saddle as well as the recently introduced Ares time trail saddle. Among those cyclists using the new Antares and the new Ares is defending Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre who, after testing the final Ares version earlier this summer said, “It’s now perfect. I definitely noticed the difference between the first and final versions.” Dave Zabriskie, US National Time Trial Champion, joins Sastre in choosing both the Antares and Ares; and most of the entire Columbia-High Road will be riding the Ares time trial saddle.
While fi’zi:k has been sponsoring professional road teams since its start in 1996, its presence on Grand Tour teams has often numbered three or less. Thirteen years later, however, the brand is dominating the Tour de France. Teams riding fi’zi:k at the 2009 Tour de France include Agritubel, Cervelo Test Team, Cofidis, Columbia-Highroad, Francaise des Jeux, Garmin-Slipstream, Liquigas, and Milram.
For more information on the new fi’zi:k Antares and all fi’zi:k high performance saddles and accessories visit the website at http://www.fizik.it/.
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