It’s over! After 21 stages and an unbelievable 3,540 kilometres, the Tour de France 2017 finished on 23 July on the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris. The Movistar team had to cope with a considerable setback right at the start of the Tour: Co-captain Alejandro Valverde crashed heavily during the prologue time trial and had to abandon with a broken kneecap. The team gave its all and Nairo Quintana succeeded in making his mark in the mountains: The top favourite rode a courageous race and achieved a second place finish on stage 13. Reward for their efforts: After more than 86 hours’ total riding time he fell just a few minutes short of a longed-for podium finish in Paris. For the Columbian the double of the Giro d’Italia, in which he finished in an excellent second place, and the Tour de France did not bring the success he had hoped for. The Movistar team impressed with its fighting spirit and the courage with which the riders rode at the front and gave everything. At the end two places stood out in the overall classification: Nairo Quintana finished in 12th place and Carlos Betancur achieved a remarkable 18th place. On the final stage Daniele Bennati once again showed the young sprinters how it’s done: The 36-year old finished in 10th place.
But it’s not all about numbers: At the Tour de France dreams come true! From the age of 15, German Movistar rider Jasha Sütterlin had only one goal: To one day reach the finishing line in Paris as a professional cyclist! With two starting numbers on his back and a professional helmet on his head he has now succeeded almost 10 years later – bravo Jasha! What’s more the Freiburg man didn’t only shine through his work for Nairo Quintana, but in fact impressed with a very good time trial after nearly three weeks in the saddle and as a result has qualified for further Grand Tours.
As the official helmet sponsor of the Movistar team, ABUS supplies the helmets for the nine riders selected on the Tour de France team. Each rider receives basic equipment comprising three different helmet models so that they are well-equipped for all terrain types and conditions. Because there is the perfect helmet for every stage: Irrespective of whether it is an extremely aerodynamic time trial helmet ( GameChanger), highly ventilated head protection for use on long and hot mountain stages or the perfect all-rounder ( TecTical 2.0) – they must all offer one thing – a high level of safety to ensure protection for both successful pro-riders and enthusiastic recreational riders. Along with the models for the leaders’ jerseys (yellow, green and polka dot) the number of helmets amounts to over 70.
Covering a total distance of 3540 kilometres over 21 stages, the 104th Tour De France takes place from 1 to 23 July 2017. Following the opening time trial in Düsseldorf, race highlights will include the ride over the Col du Galibier Alpine mountain pass and the climb to the finish line on the Col d'Izoard mountain road in the Alps. Also known as the ‘Grand Boucle’ (the ‘great loop’), the cycle race features stages in three neighbouring countries – Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg – and will also weave its way through 34 French departments. Another special feature of this year’s race is the inclusion of France’s five biggest mountain ranges in the route, with the teams first visiting the Vosges, then the Jura Mountains before continuing to the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps. The three-week tour ends on June 23 at its traditional finish line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
And who knows: with Tony Martin taking part, there’s a chance that a German rider may be the first to don the yellow jersey this year. There is no time to lose on the first stage for the riders of the MoviStar team, lead by team captain Nairo Quintana. As ever this year, every second counts! And it is not only the riders who will be giving it their all in Düsseldorf: a 100-strong team of guests from ABUS will be right up to close to the action, to provide some vocal support for the riders again this year.
The individual stages: the ‘great loop’ comprise nine flat stages, five medium mountain stages, five mountain stages, three summit finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Col d’Izoard) and two individual time trials, with just two rest days to give the pros a little time to recharge their batteries. The overall winner will likely be decided by the 20th, penultimate stage after a 22.5 km individual time trial in Marseille.
However, if the battle for the yellow Jersey is still close after three weeks, time bonuses will then come into play: the first three riders to finish in each stage receive 10, 6 and 4 second bonuses.
The green jersey is awarded to the leader in the points competition; this is given at the end of each stage and for the intermediate sprints. The white and red polka dot jersey is worn by the leading rider in the mountain classification, with points awarded when riders finish a mountain stage, and for the intermediate evaluations. The white jersey is worn by the best young professional under 25 years of age. To go with the classification jerseys, ABUS provides the MoviStar team with matching classification helmets in all available variants.
The Movistar Team can also rely on its successful partnership with ABUS. Over the last few months, the German company has joined forces with the Spanish team to develop a truly spectacular cycle helmet. It is setting the standard with regard to ventilation, weight and safety, and will be used for the first time during the Tour de France.
This is especially true for the Movistar team, the most successful team in the UCI World Tour in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Both individual successes and that of the whole team are important. Twenty-eight riders from nine countries provide valuable feedback. This collaborative and equal partnership helps deliver top-class helmets, such as the new GameChanger: everyone is pulling in the same direction in order to achieve peak performance. ABUS gives the Movistar team the edge, providing a sense of safety.
Designed for professional requirements and according to the rider's exacting demands, the Tec-Tical Pro 2.0 was developed with passionate input from professional cyclists Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde from the Movistar team – currently the number one UCI professional cycling team in the world. The low weight means total comfort when riding and outstanding ventilation ensures riders keep a cool head at every stage of a race. The helmet is also available in an identical design to the professional model for all ambitious amateur riders!