25 April 2021
Simon Yates king of the Alps
The Team BikeExchange leader dominated the Tour of the Alps, securing the overall after scoring his first seasonal victory in stage 2. In the wake of this impressive performance, Yates looks forward to the Giro d’Italia
After five days of climbing, Simon Yates has been crowned the new king of the Tour of the Alps. The Team BikeExchange rider dominated the stage race held from April 19th to 23rd between Italy and Austria, finishing with a 0:58 advantage over Pello Bilbao and 1:06 on Aleksandr Vlasov. After the impressive solo win in the second stage, 121,5 km from Innsbruck to Feichten im Kaunertal on Tuesday April 20th, 2021, Yates managed the race with authority in the following days, thanks to the support of his teammates.
The Tour of the Alps’ victory is the perfect approach to the Giro d’Italia, where Simon Yates will be one of the main contenders for the Pink Jersey. At the Tour of the Alps, the power of lightweight of the new Specialissima strengthened the performance of the Brits rider, who also brilliantly mastered stage 4 with the tricky Boniprati ascent and descent, finishing third in the Valle del Chiese/Pieve di Bono arrive. Team BikeExchange controlled the race in the last stage before the celebrations for a superb overall victory.
Simon Yates’ victory at the Tour of the Alps is the perfect manifesto of the qualities of this all-rounder machine, designed for WorldTour professional as a complete racing bike. To pursue the final success at the Giro d’Italia, the Briton will count on Specialissima’s performance to edge the most challenging climbs of the Giro d’Italia.
THE POWER OF LIGHTWEIGHT
Totally re-engineered with the all-rounder in mind, the Specialissima helps fly up the climbs and dominate on the flat. The carbon disc frame is light, just 750g, so none of climbing power is wasted when the road turns upward, but it’s also superbly-stiff providing excellent transfer of that power to the road.