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Incredible success SHIMANO in the TdF
Riders with SHIMANO equipped bikes celebrated great successes at this year’s Tour de France. The yellow jersey was for Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), accompanied on the podium by two Luxembourg brothers: Andy and Fränk Schleck (team Leopard-Trek) who tried everything but did not succeed in breaking the power of the Australian former world champion. Even though these three men can be regarded as completely different riders, they also have one thing in common: all three were using Shimano’s top level DURA-ACE components with Di2 electronic shifting technology.

And they were not the only ones: The green jersey was won – finally! – by British sprint star Mark Cavendish (team HTC-Highroad), winning 5 stages along the way. Cavendish was also using SHIMANO DURA-ACE Di2 components, just like Samuel Sanchez (team Euskaltel-Euskadi), winner of the polka dot jersey as best climber.

Besides winning these three jerseys and occupying the podium in Paris, in total 12 of the 21 stages in this year’s Tour de France were won by riders with SHIMANO equipped bikes. Some impressive statistics:

· 57% of the stages were won by riders using SHIMANO components although 'only' 31.8% of the Tour de France peloton was using SHIMANO components
· 75% of the jerseys were won by riders using SHIMANO components
· Final classification: 3 riders that are using DURA-ACE Di2 components
· At 7 stage wins (33%!) PRO products were being used (5x Cavendish with his own PRO Star Series combination. Tony Martin won the time trial by using a PRO aerobar (both team HTC-High Road) and finally a victory by Luis Leon Sanchez (team Rabobank), using a PRO Stealth Evo handlebar/stem combination.