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SIDI CELEBRATES CHRIS FROOME’S VICTORY IN THE VUELTA A ESPANA - An historic double: first the Tour, now the Vuelta, Chris Froome follows in the footsteps of Anquetil and Hinault.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is the winner of the 2017 Vuelta a España. After three second placements, (2011, 2014 and 2016) the British rider from Team Sky finally captured “la roja”, the red leader’s jersey, defending it all the way to the final finish line in Madrid. Now Froome’s portfolio boasts 4 Tour de France races and 1 Vuelta a España. All victories captured together with Sidi.

First the Tour, then the Vuelta. This historic double whammy launches Chris Froome into cycling’s hall of fame, like Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. Really, the Brit did them one better. In fact, once upon a time the Vuelta was raced in the spring, before the Tour. In 1963 Anquetil won a Vuelta that was only 15 stages long and then 60 days later he won the Tour. Hinault won it in 1978 and his victory in the Tour came 70 days after the one in Spain. Instead Froome stepped onto the podium in Madrid just 49 days after his triumph on the Champs Elysees. It’s not easy in modern cycling.

Froome captured both the Tour and the Vuelta pedalling with the Sidi Shot, the top of the line shoe in Sidi’s road collection. For him there were the yellow Shot he wore on the Champs Elysees and then red ones for the final showcase in Madrid; these two special editions were produced by Dino Signori specifically to celebrate his champion. 

Sidi figured as a major player in all of 2017’s major stage races. At the Tour de France Sidi dominated the entire final podium: Chris Froome 1st, Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) 2nd, and Romain Bardet (Ag2r) 3rd. Now at the Vuelta they’ve pulled off the same feat: Chris Froome 1st, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 2nd at 2.15” Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) 3rd at 2.51”. And of course, Sidi also figured well in the Giro d’Italia, with Vincenzo Nibali scoring a final third place. It’s been a season to remember for Sidi and their champions.

The 2017 Spanish stage race brought tremendous satisfaction to the company from Maser (Treviso). In fact, Sidi took home all the jerseys from the Vuelta: in addition to the most important red leader’s jersey, Froome also won the green jersey for the points classification and the white combined jersey. Bravo for the young Italian rider Davide Villella (Cannondale) who was in the breaks almost every day and who won the “maillot de lunares” for the mountain grand prix. Then there is Astana Pro Team, an all Sidi squadron, which won the team classification.

Sidi scored 10 stage victories: two victories went to the King, Chris Froome. Italian Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) enjoyed a winning streak and in the conclusive stage in Madrid he scored his fourth success; these victories allowed the rider from Trentino to join the exclusive club of riders able to win stages in all three of the major stage races: the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta. Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) also did a fantastic job, winning two stages with climbing arrivals, at Calar Alto and at Sierra Nevada. His team mate, Kazak Alexey Lutsenko also scored one for Astana. “The Shark” Vincenzo Nibali clinched a nice stage victory as well.

 

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