Historic victory at the Giro for Taco van der Hoorn
The 3rd stage saw the 27-year-old Dutchman ride his CUBE Litening C:68X to the first win of the season for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
The 190-kilometre stage from Biella to Canale crossed the Piedmont region and featured the first mountain tests in this year’s Italian tour, with four climbs in the final stretches. After only five kilometres an attack led to the formation of an eight-man breakaway group around van der Hoorn, the eventual winner. An hour into the race, van der Hoorn’s lead over the peloton had grown to a solid 6:30 minutes, but after the first climb that gap had been reduced to just under two minutes. With 20 kilometres to go, the peloton was then back to within a minute of the leader. Taco van der Hoorn took his chance well and was able to keep wolves at the door, reaching the finish line just four seconds ahead of the looming peloton. It was the biggest success of his career so far and the first win of the season for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux – their first success in a Grand Tour.
A road race bike needs to be fast. That much is obvious, but how to extract more speed from bike and rider? That was the question our engineering team asked themselves at the beginning of the design process for the brand-new Litening. And the answer? Make the frame as slippery as possible through the air. It's a familiar concept for time trial and triathlon bikes, but not so much for race machines. The new Litening re-writes the rules by borrowing from our experience building the standard-setting Aerium C:68. Making extensive use of Computer Fluid Dynamics – backed up with wind tunnel testing at every stage of the design and production process – our engineers were able to finesse the frame's design to realise a 30% reduction in drag. In the world of marginal gains, that's enough to make this a genuine breakaway machine.
The fully UCI-compliant chassis design integrates frame, fork, stem, handlebar and seat post into a structure that's as efficient through the air as possible. Beautifully crafted from our next-generation C:68X carbon, it's even designed to be minimally affected by crosswinds. The integrated headset features an aero top cap and we were able to reduce the frontal areas of the head tube and fork crown by using disc brakes. It's also highly configurable to suit every race and rider – internal cable routing for Sram and Shimano electronic gears is standard, as is a removable front derailleur mount, and there are multiple bottle positions available. With clearance for tyres up to 28mm and power meter-ready, it's the speed machine you've been looking for to maximise your chances of success. Don't chance it on race day. Ride the Litening – and just go.
When we set out to develop the C:68 technology, one of our biggest priorities was to reduce the amount of resin to what we consider the ideal level: 32%. We also enhanced the resin's texture by adding special nanoparticles to make it even tougher than ever. C:68X builds on this know-how and takes it to the next level by incorporating specific fibre choices and orientations. With this new technology, we can select and orient the carbon fibres to add stiffness or compliance to precise sections of the frame as needed. Fibres on each part of the frame are oriented according to load, which allows us to exploit the full potential of carbon fibre and deliver huge improvements in ride performance. Say goodbye to the homogeneous weave of the C:68 frame and hello to C:68X technology in all its glory: always the perfect materials and orientations needed for the specific frame section. We use up to six different fibre types in layup and actually save weight despite the increased aerodynamic efficiency and full system integration. The result: Even more rigidity with compliance exactly where it's needed for a more comfortable and safer frame. Sound like a pipe dream? Welcome to the future!
Litening C:68X SLT
Wireless Sram Red AXS, Swiss DT carbon wheels and aero carbon frame: can you say 'fast'?