AG2R’s John Gadret victorious on Giro Stage 11 in Castelfidardo.
John Gadret pilots his Reynolds Carbon RZR 46’s to victory in Italy! A well timed attack with 350 meters to go caught both the peloton and Katusha’s Daniel Moreno off guard. Gadret quickly caught and passed Moreno, allowing him to ride solo over the final 125 meters and savor victory. This is the biggest victory yet for the talented all rounder from Epernay, France. After his Stage 11 win today in, Gadret told Italian TV “I want to dedicate this victory to Weylandt. I was thinking all day about his funeral,” explained Gadret. “Even though I’m not Belgian I wanted to win for him. Cycling is a big family, since he died I haven’t stopped thinking about his fall. I wanted to do something to pay homage to him and I’m happy.”
Video recap of Giro Stage 11 from Universal Sports:
Reynolds sponsored Ag2r-La Mondiale Ready for 2011 Giro d’Italia
Ag2r-La Mondiale will be lead at the 2011 Giro d’Italia by diminutive climber John Gadret, who was 13th in last year’s Giro. Gadret's goal is a top 10 finish and a possible stage win and he will be aided in his quest by riding Reynolds RZR 46 wheels in key mountain stages in this year's very difficult Giro.
Other Ag2r-La Mondiale riders to watch at this year's Giro are two soild riders. Frenchman Cyril Dessel, a 2006 stage-winner in the 2006 Tour de France, and Rinaldo Nocentini former Tour Maillot Jaune holder in 2009. Experienced Dessel and clever Italian strongman "Noce" will look to get in a long breakaway and other opportunistic moves. Nocentini has posted some promising results so far in 2011 season, with third overall at the Tour du Haut Var and seventh at GP Lugano. Dessel is starting his first grand tour since 2009 Tour and is looking for a strong comeback from injuries.
Another Ag2r-La Mondiale rider to watch is Mickael Cherel, who was robbed of a stage win in last weeks Tour de Romandie when he was cut off by Alexander Vinokourov in a close Stage 3 finish. Climber Hubert Dupont will look for a stage from a break along the way, while veteran Ukranian Yuriy Kritsov is always dangerous in a long break.
Ag2r-La Mondiale / 2011 Giro d’Italia:
In 2011 Reynolds Cycling is continuing a successful 3-season partnership with UCI Pro Tour Team AG2R La Mondiale. Pro Tour standouts John Gadret and Nicholas Roche lead a solid international squad that provides the ultimate testing platform for Reynolds wheels. The team is looking for strong results at the Tour de France and UCI World Tour events, hoping to capitalize on a largely successful 2010 season.
Paul Lew, Reynolds Director of Technology and Innovation, continues his product development collaboration with the AG2R team, giving us an edge in two important ways. First, Reynolds benefits from the insights and feedback we receive from one of the world’s top pro cycling organizations. Second, we’re able to test and prove our wheels and technology under the toughest real-world conditions on the planet. Case in point: the 2010 Giro d’Italia, including the brutal Strade Bianche stage, proved the ultimate final exam for the CTG brake surface. This video of the lead group includes John Gadret enduring 70 Kilometers of mud and grit, the ultimate test of our CTG braking surface:
You may never ride in conditions like these. So it’s reassuring to know your wheels have! Our goal is to design the best race wheels in the world, and to make all our technology and innovation available to customers in our products.