In addition to reporting on who wins each stage of the Tour Down Under, VeloNews also ran a piece pointing out that none of the marquis sprinters at this year's event have yet to win a stage. Mark Cavendish (HTC-HighRoad), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) and Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma Lotto) are largely considered some of the fastest fast men in the world, and Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) worked up some early season form for this race in his own backyard.
So these guys are all lightning fast, and they haven't won yet. But there's another point of commonality between them - they're all on new bikes this year.
- Cavendish's team switched from Scott to Specialized for 2011
- Farrar moved off his Felt to a Cervelo with the team merger
- Greipel also gave up his Scott and is now on a Canyon
- McEwen traded in his Ridley for a Trek
Is it possible to conclude that Specialized, Cervelo, Canyon and Trek are simply not as fast as the bikes from Scott, Felt and Ridley?
Of course not. Saying that a world class sprinter lost a race because he was on a certain kind of bike is about as silly as, well, saying that he won because of the bike he was on. Which is exactly our point over here. Bikes at this level are far more similar than they are different. If you can win on a Scott, you can win on a Specialized. And if you're pack fodder on a Trek, a Canyon isn't going to suddenly put you on the podium.
And you can substitute the November Wheelhouse for any of those bikes listed above as well. We're not going to claim our bikes make a difference in your results. But we guarantee they'll make a difference in your wallet.