The Giro is known to be one of the toughest races in the World with a lot of steep climbing. The 2011 edition didn’t differ from the rules: the three mountain stages in the Dolomites averaged more than 10 per cent with some ramps around 20 per cent. Might be the reason why rear derailleur and cassette on the SRAM Pro rider’s bikes are different…
Isn’t it a SRAM Apex mid-cage rear derailleur on the Saxo-Bank Sungard team’s bike?
What about the cassette? An 11- 32t cassette!
After cassette and rear derailleur changes Alberto’s mechanic Faustino Munoz said the bike is 100% ready to perform.
In 2008, for the Plan De Corones TT, SRAM made a specific set up for Alberto Contador (Saxo-Bank Sungard Team): the Apex story with its WiFLi concept (Wider, Faster, Lighter) started there! Three years later Alberto, the original Apex test pilot, used the Apex in the Dolimites.
Not only Alberto and his Saxo-Bank Sungard teammates are using it…, Pro Team Astana too and…
Team Garmin-Cervelo riders, Cameron Meyer for instance.