SRAM Apex takes the Giro by storm.

Giro 2010 - SRAM Apex

Tuesday May 25th on stage 16 of the 2010 Giro d’Italia the riders tackled the 12.9km TT to the Plan de Corones. The legendary stage on a climb with slopes of up to 24% was last tackled in 2008 when Alberto Contador’s Astana team mechanic modified a SRAM Red rear derailleur to accomodate a 30T cassette. These modifications gave SRAM the idea of making a group capable of carrying a 32T cassette so that steep climbs like the Plan de Corones can be rideable for everyone. In 2010 Apex was born and at the Giro d’Italia Team Astana captain Alexandre Vinokourov raced with a SRAM Apex rear derailleur and 11-32t cassette to an 8th place finish on the stage. Even more remarkable was the performance of the other Apex rider in the race. AG2R rider John Gadret stormed to 3rd place on the stage surprising everyone with his leg spinning performance. Here are some pics of Apex’s day at the Giro

Giro 2010 - SRAM Apex

Vino’s special Apex bike: 36T X 32T

Giro 2010 - SRAM Apex

Vino before the start with his special Apex Climbers kit

Giro 2010 - SRAM Apex 

Gadret’s mechanic given Apex the thumbs up


Giro 2010 - SRAM Apex

Gadret’s bike with a 34TX32T combination

 

 

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