It’s been official since last Saturday. The 2012 season is now history and for the second year in succession the Canyon Aeroad CF has been crowned the most successful bike in the UCI World Tour. After Philippe Gilbert scooped one victory after another on the breakaway bike in 2011, this year it was the turn of Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez to take the UCI honours – and this he did with bravado.
He laid the foundation for the title defence of the Aeroad CF with stage victories in Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of the Basque country, his victory in Flèche Wallonne and his scintillating performance in the pink jersey at the Giro d’Italia, where he finished in second place overall and only 16 seconds down on winner Ryder Hesjedal.
In his second major stage race of the 2012 season at the Vuelta a Espana in his native Spain, Purito impressed once again in a superb display of form, winning three stages and holding the leader’s red jersey before finally having to concede defeat to his Spanish rivals Contador and Valverde.
In his last race of the 2012 season Purito secured his crown by winning a monument of cycling, the Tour of Lombardy. He then overtook leader Bradley Wiggins in the UCI ranking, reaching a total of 692 points, which is 91 points ahead of Wiggins and 282 ahead of Tom Boonen.
In the team competition the British Sky team scooped overall victory, followed by the Russian Katusha team, which is currently sponsored by Canyon.
We think this is an impressive performance which gives rise to a great deal of optimism for the future.
Canyon & Katusha: Learn from each other, win together.