Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset

by Dave Everett

At the start line of the Tour de France’s 17th stage, teams Direct Energie and Cofidis, and ex-pro and now technical coordinator at Tinkoff had the latest FSA groupset on display. Team Bora-Argon 18, another team sponsored by FSA, will have Shane Archbold racing the stage 18 mountain time trial on the new groupset.

Two years ago we spotted a prototype version of the new groupset and then, at last year’s Tour, Etixx-QuickStep and Bora-Argon 18 both had a bike equipped with a prototype model for a single day of racing. The latest incarnation of the long-awaited groupset is just a few tweaks away from production, according to Damiano Spinelli, FSA’s team liaison support.

The groupset will get its first public showing at the Eurobike trade show come late August. We were one of the first non-FSA personnel or sponsored riders to give the groupset a quick ride with FSA (and Ivan Basso) kind enough to allow us a five-minute ride around the team bus area.

Five minutes clearly isn’t enough time for an extensive review, but it did give us a rough idea of how the shifting performed and how well the brakes work.

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