Thursday, May 15, 2008

Does a fit matter? You Bet!

Bennati’s long road to a custom Super Six
By Matt Pacocha Velonews
Posted May. 15, 2008

Daniele Bennati turns a custom Cannondale into a sprint victory.

Bike fit is no joking matter for a professional racer. Fit is the single most important aspect of the bike. If the bike doesn’t fit, it really doesn’t matter how light or technologically advanced it is — it’s not going to be very fast.

Take the case of Liquigas rider Daniele Bennati. He has short legs, long arms and a long torso. So the team’s bike sponsor, Cannondale, built him a custom SuperSix carbon bike, which he has been racing for two and a half months.

The original was clad in team paint, but for this year’s Giro d’Italia he received a second, more conspicuous, all green, custom SuperSix. It came last Sunday night and he promptly won Monday’s stage 3 with it.

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