Linus Gerdemann from Münster has been back in the peloton since the beginning of the year. Already in his first race, the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon, the most important stage race in Africa, he made people sit up and take notice with a top 5 result. In recent weeks, however, a viral illness has kept him away from the front of the peloton. However, there is still a long way to go before the Tour of Spain, the declared goal of the season for his team MTN-Qhubeka. So enough time to get in shape.
We took a closer look at the work tool that accompanies him every day. Its heart is a Madone-Frame of Seven Series of the team outfitter Trek. At the front is a 42 centimeter wide FSA Omega Compacthandlebars and a 140 millimeter long FSA Energy- Stem installed.
At the front, Gerdemann uses two spacers that allow him to sit in a more relaxed position. Furthermore, the tapered head tube and the rescueBrakes made by Sram. This is exciting because the dual-pivot brake on the rear wheel does not come from the Americans, but from TRP.
Apart from that, however, Gerdemann can count on a complete Red Level-Group of Sram trust. In addition to the classic graded X-Glide chainrings, an SRM power meter is also installed on the crank. As a glance at the front derailleur cage reveals, the 2007 Tour stage winner rides the new 11-speed version of the Americans, the Red 22.
Another interesting detail is the speed sensor integrated into the struts. This allows a tidy look. The support struts, which do not have a bridge, are also nice in this context.
When training, Gerdemann uses the tried and tested clincher version of Zipp as wheels 404-Carbon slippers. These are with all-weather Durano Plus-Tires sourced from Schwalbe. Selle Italia supplies the saddle with the flite.
The structure that we got in front of the lens weighed a little more than the 6,8 kilograms allowed in the race. However, this is mainly due to the wheels, which Gerdemann exchanges for racing.