Spectrum: The Koblenz-based bike manufacturer Canyon can look back on a historic weekend. With Nairo Quintana's victory at the 97th Giro d'Italia, the 24-year-old brought the greatest success of his young career and Canyon the most important sporting triumph in the company's history. Not only in Italy, but all over Europe, Canyon professional athletes of all disciplines were on the road to success - whether Ironman, FMB World Tour Gold Event or Enduro World Series!
Two stage wins in the spectacular third week of the Giro were the basis of Nairo Quintana's sensational performance. Flanked by his Movistar teammates, the Colombian crossed the finish line in Trieste on Sunday, catching up on his Ultimate CF SLX the first victory for Canyon Bicycles in one of the three grand tours. “Today is one of the happiest days of my life. I've always dreamed of winning a Grand Tour and now I've done it."said the Movistar team captain.
The Katusha team demonstrated remarkable stamina and a large portion of character strength in the Tour of Italy. After Captain Joaquim "Purito" Rodríguez had to end the race early due to his crash during the sixth stage, his teammates fought day after day for top positions, initiated numerous escape groups and achieved a seventh place on the final stage thanks to Luca Paolini.
Team Katusha clinched another victory for Canyon at the weekend in Norway. At the Tour de Fjords, local hero Alexander Kristoff towered to take the overall standings in impressive fashion after winning Sunday's final stage from Risavika to Stavanger in a bunch sprint. Already in the second and fourth part of the day, the Milan-Sanremo winner had his Ultimate CF SLX gave the competition no chance and thus brought in the twelfth win of the season for Katusha.
Another local hero meanwhile trumped in Scotland. Canyon Factory Enduro Team's Joe Barnes impressed the competition and took third place on home soil in the second round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) of the season. He was the first Brit to achieve a podium finish in the EWS. The race in the Scottish Tweed Valley was one of the toughest of the still young World Series with almost 3.000 meters in altitude and almost 100 kilometers, which the bikers mastered over two days within eight stages (race sections). With her fifth place in the women's ranking, team colleague Ines Thoma underlined that she is one of the absolute best in the world.
Almost 2.000 kilometers away, the Canyon Factory Freeride Team had already extended its dominance in the FMB World Tour on Friday. Thomas Genon tricked his way to the top and won the slopestyle event at FISE Montpellier. Team colleague Anton Thelander also had his stitched and the course under control and took third place. The Canyon Factory Freeride Team now leads the team ranking of the FMB World Tour by a huge margin.
Canyon triathlete Boris Stein, meanwhile, triumphed for the first time at an Ironman 70.3. The 29-year-old won his title in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland "Triathlon Climber of the Year 2013" all honor. After a strong race to catch up on his Speedmax CF, the man from Rhineland-Palatinate left the last competitor behind and deservedly won his favorite middle-distance race.
Two-time Ironman winner Nils Frommhold was on the road on German soil and also on the road to success. He got the top place in the first race of the Triathlon Cup Rhein-Neckar over the Olympic distance. With a course record under his belt, Frommhold was extremely satisfied on Sunday. Best conditions for his starts at the Ironman 70.3 in Luxembourg on June 21st and the Challenge Roth on July 20th.