VUELTA 1-2-3 AND TOUR OF BRITAIN WIN

QUINTANA AND CUMMINGS MAKE HISTORY

Two huge races, two stunning victories! Sunday 11 September 2016 proved a memorable day for fi’zi:k riders as Nairo Quintana (fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle) and Steve Cummings (fi’zi:k Antares saddle) won the Vuelta a Espana and Tour of Britain, respectively.

The Vuelta saw a podium clean-sweep for fi’zi:k as Quintana was joined by Team Sky’s Chris Froome (fi’zi:k Antares Full Carbon) and Orica-BikeExchange’s Esteban Chaves (fi’zi:k Antares saddle).

In Spain, Orica-BikeExchange’sMagnus Cort Nielsen (fi’zi:k Arione VSX saddle) won the final processional 104km stage from Las Rozas to Madrid. It was a great result for Nielsen but a sideshow as Quintana finished safely in the pack to seal his second Grand Tour title (after winning the Giro d’Italia in 2014) and remain 1:23mins ahead of three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (fi’zi:k Antares Full Carbon and Team Sky).

To complete fi’zi:k’s Indian summer, Orica-BikeExchange’s Esteban Chaves (fi’zi:k Antares saddle) made a long-range attack stick on Saturday to reclaim third position. It’s been an epoch-making season for Chaves, who took second at this year’s Giro, and it’s surely only a matter of time before the 26-year-old Colombian wins his first Grand Tour title. But, for now, it’s his countryman who demands and deserves the plaudits.

‘I came into this Vuelta with a grudge after not being able to really contest the win in the Tour but I remained calm,’ Quintana said after the race. ‘And from the very first week, my teammates kept me at the front and fought every single day. That was one of the keys to me winning this Vuelta.’

Over in London, Orica-BikeExchange’s uber-sprinter Caleb Ewan (fi’zi:k Arione saddle) won the final 100km multi-lap stage around England’s capital, while Cummings completed a fine week of racing to pip Rohan Dennis (fi’zi:k R3B Uomo shoes) to the crown by 26 seconds.

Quintana’s win cements Movistar’s position at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings, while Cummings’ victory boosted Dimension Data’s chances of retaining their WorldTour slot.