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Here’s the Clincher! Kasper Asgreen makes history on Specialized Turbo Cotton Hell of the North Clinchers
When Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck – Quick-Step crossed the finish line at the Tour of Flanders on Specialized Turbo Cotton Hell of the North clinchers, he did more than win the first monument of his career. He made history, ending the tubular’s century long reign at the top of professional racing and fulfilling a promise Specialized made 45 years ago – the fastest, lightest, best handling tires, ridden by the best racers in the world, are the same tires every rider can ride every day.
“Ever since we started the company in 1974, this has been a dream. Why can’t the clincher tires we ride every day be better than the tubulars that have been raced for over 100 years? It was a long road to get here, with our engineers working in partnership with our amazing teams, developing wheels and tires that work together to deliver this performance. We’ve delivered a lot of innovation over the years, and shared in many incredible victories, but this one is truly special. We’re so proud of Kasper, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, and everyone that helped get us here.” – Mike Sinyard, Founder and CEO of Specialized
“It’s the first monument won with clinchers. We’re really proud. It’s about using the best, Specialized has the best, and we just execute. It’s unbelievable, Kasper is such a bike rider and he did it. The team was once again tremendous. In Flanders, you don’t win by luck. We should all be proud and when I say ‘we’ I mean the team and Specialized. They are part of the victory big time.” – Ricardo Scheidecker, Technical and Development Manager for Deceuninck – Quick-Step.
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Deceuninck – Quick-Step rode the perfect Tour of Flanders, placing both World Champion, Julian Alaphilippe, and Kasper Asgreen in the wining move with pre-race favorites, defending champ Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. Julian and Kasper worked together, covering moves and softening up van der Poel and van Aert. When van der Poel made his decisive move on the final ascent of the Kwaremont, only Asgreen could follow – then match him pedal stroke for pedal stroke up the Paterberg. Working together until the final ‘K’, it was Asgreen who had the faster sprint to claim his first monument victory and the first ever monument win on clinchers in the sport’s long history.
Kasper and the rest of his Deceuninck – Quick-Step team chose Specialized’s Turbo Cotton Hell of the North clincher – specifically designed for rough roads and cobblestones – for its 28mm width, 320TPI casing, BlackBelt puncture resistance, and exclusive Gripton compound. When combined with Roval Rapide CLX carbon clincher rims, it delivers exceptional aerodynamics with a 15% improvement in damping over traditional clinchers, while shaving rolling resistance by 20% over other tires designed for rough roads. While the first victory on clinchers at a monument is surely the monumental news, it’s worth noting that not a single Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider suffered a flat tire with their Turbo Cotton Hell of the North clinchers.
“The success that we see Deceuninck – Quick-Step racing Clinchers through the entire classic season was a holistic campaign started 2 years ago to concentrate on the wheel/tire combo we trust the most for ride dynamics and speed. DQT was a strong partner with confidence and comprehensive hand in hand testing on world most challenging road conditions – getting race ready! Wrapping up the cobbled classic season with such a win is an incredible moment and confirms our decisions, the hard work we spent creating this performance” – Oli Kiesel, Tire & Tube Development and Production Engineer
Today the Tour of Flanders had an avg. speed of 42 km/h. At this speed the rolling resistance reduction is 10 watts for a bicycle specced with our clincher tires vs. the team’s most competitive tubular for this race, and typically the final kilometers are raced above the average race speed. At a higher speeds, the advantage gains linearly. The result is energy saved over a 6h period of racing for those key moments when the race is to be decided. It’s Specialized clinchers that make sure our racers have that energy when needed.