Monday, February 13, 2012
Campagnolo, Dwindling in the Peleton
Of the eighteen ProTour teams only three are using Campagnolo this season:
Lotto-Belisol, Campagnolo EPS on Ridley frames
Movistar Team, Campagnolo EPS on Pinarello frames
Lampre-ISD, Campagnolo EPS on Wilier frames
Ten of the ProTour teams are using Shimano and five are using SRAM.
Campagnolo, founded as a company in 1933, won the Tour de France in 1948 with its rod gear "Cambio Corsa" shift system used by Gino Bartali. The two shift levers were mounted on the seatstays.
Shimano's first Grand Tour victory was in the 1988 Giro d'Italia won by Andy Hamspten. The first victory in the Tour de France was in 1999 when Lance Armstrong won using Dura-Ace.
SRAM's first Grand Tour victory also came in the Giro d'Italia, in 2008, which was won by Alberto Contador. SRAM's first victory in the Tour de France came in 2010, also with Alberto Contador. As Alberto Contador has been stripped of that victory I wonder if SRAM can claim that as their first TdF victory??? (ed note: yes, as Andy Schleck was also riding SRAM; thanks JonMack for correction).
In the Pro-Contintnal teams the situation with Campagnolo is worse, only two of twenty-two team are using Campagnolo this season:
Team Europcar, Campagnolo Super Record on Colnago frames
Colnago-CSF Inox, Campagnolo Super Record on Colnago frames
What am I riding? Take a look here, here, and here.
Source for use of Campagnolo in the 2012 season: Campagnolo
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