The ‘Manufacturer’s Challenge’ is a stage-by-stage race within the race, celebrating the equipment and its respective technologies. Of course the riders make it exciting, but its the bikes that have truly evolved, and the bikes are what we all can have in common with the world’s best riders. The respective groupsets gather points based on daily race results of the top 20 riders throughout, 20 for 1st, 1 for 20th. Sprinting, climbing, time trials, all factor in over the complete three weeks of the world’s largest Grand Tour.
Standings up until and including yesterday’s stage, stage 16 of the 2011 TdF.
Ooof! Sram sponsor the most teams this year with 9, Shimano have 7 and Campagnolo have 6 so make up your own mind on which manufacturer you think is taking the biggest spanking.
Sram road diaries.