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Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai; Alaphilippe takes uphill sprint in Colombia: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

February 10, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai Tour, Viviani retains GC lead; Alalphilippe wins uphill sprint at Colombia Oro y Paz, takes race lead; Life after Sky: With move to Quick-Step, Viviani is quickly building momentum; Oh-so-close for Rally’s Brandon McNulty at Dubai Tour; Gaviria’s hat trick: Three for three in Colombia Oro y Paz sprints; Sagan announces two new gran fondo events in California; Specialized launches new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet; Colnago updates flagship road bike with C64.

Specialized launches new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet

by CyclingTips

Their existence has hardly been a secret to this point, but Specialized has today finally announced official details of its new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet.

The S-Works 7 shoes build on the proven formula of the previous S-Works 6 shoes, but with a roomier toe box, a less-confining heel cup, repositioned Boa hardware, and a new mesh Dyneema upper material, all intended to improve comfort on longer rides. There’s a new carbon fiber outsole, too, but what’s far more noticeable are the trick machined aluminum Boa S3 dials — exclusive to these shoes — which Specialized says not only look cool, but will also last longer than plastic Boa dials before the clicks start to soften.

Also coming from Specialized today is a redesign of the Evade aero road helmet. The Evade II isn’t claimed to be much more aerodynamic, though; rather, the bulk of the improvements are dedicated to making the new model more comfortable to wear in hot conditions, despite the fact that vent count has actually gone down relative to the original version.

Specialized may have only made official announcements today, but CyclingTips US technical editor James Huang has already had the new goods on hand for the past few weeks. For more information and first impressions, check out his full write-ups on the S-Works 7 shoes and Evade II helmet.