High-end bike manufacturer scores its first Tour de France win with the Gallium Pro 2018
Argon 18 records its first Grand Tour victory in the 5th stage of the Tour de France, with Astana Pro Team’s Fabio Aru (ITA) climbing to the dominating win. Argon 18 launched its latest bicycle model innovation, the Gallium Pro 2018, at this year’s iconic race.
This Grand Tour victory makes three races wins in three races in three weeks for the Argon 18 Gallium Pro 2018 and Astana Pro Team. The Gallium Pro 2018 bike is coming off two powerful victories in June as the team tested the new model. New, state of the art technology in both 3D modeling and carbon molding bring the 2018 version of the Gallium Pro to the next level. The Gallium Pro 2018 is a design evolution of the popular, light and comfortable Gallium Pro and as shown today is the ultimate climbing machine.
“Unprecedented that the new bike is adopted like that by the riders in such a short time-frame before the Tour de France! This showcases the bike’s balance of lightness, stiffness and fit ability. We could not be happier as a company to see our bikes being victorious on the world stage of cycling. We are beyond proud of the team and their efforts. We are proud of the innovation and development of the Gallium Pro and that we can bring this race bike to consumers this year,” said Gervais Rioux, Founder and CEO, Argon 18.
Aru, who patiently sat through the opening time trial stage and three sprint stages, opened up his known climbing legs on the first mountain stage of this year’s edition of the Tour de France. Aru attacked at 3km to the finish leaving the rest of the field to chase, including Chris Froome and his Team SKY crew. Aru quickly gapped the select group of riders, and then accelerated to the finish line, crossing the line with a pronounced fist pump.
"I am so happy! I dreamed of this victory here at the Tour de France for a long time. Today I was motivated, because I knew what to expect from this climb and I knew this suits really well my characteristics. I am impressed how well I felt on my new Argon 18 bike. Indeed, I already won once on this bike at the Italian championships, but here, at the Tour I feel absolutely amazing on it. It is much more stiffer, but in the same time I can handle it very easy both on the downhills and on the climbs. On the final climb the bike worked very good, I've got from it all I needed. When I attacked with 3 km to go, I just did my all and the bike answered perfectly,” said Aru.
The Gallium Pro 2018 is the company’s lightest frame ever at 794 g for a medium painted frame including hardware, highlighted by refined tube shape design and new a carbon fiber lay-up. Some features of this new model include redesign and optimization of all parts of the frame: from the new 4 point riveted front derailleur hanger right up to the inner cable routing. Another key aspect is greater tire clearance enabling use of up to 28 mm tires.
Aru is riding the Gallium Pro 2018 in a custom painted “Il Cavaliere” celebrating his Sardinia heritage.
The Gallium Pro 2018 models available to consumers include:
- Gallium Pro 2018 Black and White Gloss
- Gallium Pro 2018 Black and Grey Matte
- Limited Edition Astana Pro Team Gallium Pro 2018
Over the last 24 months, the Canadian high-end bike manufacturer experienced tremendous growth in every aspect: Record product launches, including the innovative and cutting-edge technologies along with significant expansion of distribution to over 70 countries.
About Astana Pro Team
Astana Pro Team is a Kazakh squad that was formed in 2006. Led by Alexander Vinokourov, the most famous and successful cyclist in the history of Kazakhstan and one of the greatest sportsman ever in his country. The team has a Grand Tour talent in the shape of Fabio Aru, who won the 2015 Vuelta a España after placing second in the Giro behind Alberto Contador earlier that year.
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