Specialised clincher tires w/ tubes win once more, below Kasper Asgreen at Tour of Flanders


On Easter Sunday, Kasper Asgreen was first to cross the road on the Tour of Flanders. Maybe extra notable than out-sprinting Mathieu van der Poel was Kasper’s tools – particularly the tires. It wasn’t on tubulars. And even tubeless. Asgreen gained on clinchers.

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It hasn’t been lengthy since Julian Alaphilippe made information by profitable the primary stage of the Tour de France lately on clincher tires. However profitable one of many biking ‘monuments’ on clinchers is a wholly completely different story. In a race punctuated by imposing cobble stones which can be vulnerable to puncture tires, the win is certainly newsworthy.

The truth is, Specialised calls it historic. Ricardo Scheidecker, Technical and Growth Supervisor for Deceuninck – Fast-Step, makes the declare that this “is the primary monument gained with clinchers.” Whereas we are able to’t verify that as true, it does look like it’s the primary win on clinchers in trendy historical past.

Ricardo went on to say, “We’re actually proud. It’s about utilizing the most effective, Specialised has the most effective, and we simply execute. It’s unbelievable, Kasper is such a motorcycle rider and he did it. The group was as soon as once more great. In Flanders, you don’t win by luck. We must always all be proud and after I say ‘we’ I imply the group and Specialised. They’re a part of the victory massive time.”

Specialized Clincher win Kasper Asgreen Tour of Flanders
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Specialized Tarmac
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Kasper’s alternative of experience for the day was the brand new Specialised S-Works Tarmac outfitted with Roval Rapide CLX carbon clincher rims. These rims have been clinching Specialised’s Turbo Cotton Hell of the North Clincher tires in a 700c x 28mm dimension with 320 TPI casing, BlackBelt puncture resistance, and their Gripton rubber compound. Specialised is proud to level out that “not a single Deceuninck – Fast-Step rider suffered a flat tire with their Turbo Cotton Hell of the North clinchers.”

Specialised additionally factors out that the selection of tires was not nearly sturdiness. They declare {that a} bike outfitted with their clincher tires advantages from a discount of 10 watts in rolling resistance in comparison with the group’s mos aggressive tubular tire for this race.

Will the identical tires and wheels assist you to win Flanders? Unlikely. The highest execs may in all probability win on absolutely anything. However it’s attention-grabbing to see tubed tires profitable races at a time when tubeless expertise is gaining in reputation (even whether it is on a really costly carbon wheelset with very costly tires and (possible) latex internal tubes).



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