@Causidicus - well then I suppose BMC, Lampre Merida, Lotto Bellisol, Movistar and Orica Green Edge have all got it wrong as they are all on Continental.
One of the main reasons I use Tubulars is WEIGHT. A set of Tubular wheels is usually 200-350g lighter than a corresponding clincher wheel set and as this is WW, weight is relevant.
And I don't need to rethink my rationale - I have not had a flat during an event on Contis, whereas I have had a few flats on Challenge and Vittorias.
Maybe luck played a part, but I'm not willing to risk it again. My RATIONALE is WEIGHT and RELIABILITY. Each to their own I suppose.
There's a difference between what one prefers to ride and what one is told to ride.
Comparing to what pro riders use due to sponsorship is a very flawed reasoning.
One could easily name an equal number of teams that do NOT ride on Continental tyres for the exact same reason.
That said, no tyre never flats. If my own experience would enter a statistic I could in all honesty say that I flatted more Conti tyres than I have Veloflex. And I ride much, much more on Veloflex tyres than I ever will on Conti.
Granted, Conti's Black Chili compound is quite likely the best under wet circumstances but the tyre as a whole is certainly not all that great. (not even with a latex inner tube in it as has been tried out on request of pro riders BTW)
Even so, if the delta between Conti and other tyres was so vast teams would just point blank refuse to ride them. I imagine they would react this way to the Toffees, I mean Tofus. No sponsorship deal with Conti is going to worth throwing away all chances to win for -
Gilbert did ok on conti tyres for a while. Yes I know all about the latex inners which didn't make much difference
They have their place. If you want more peace of mind but still want tubs. To those who say it negates the point of tubs I say balls. Clinchers are the same deal ... you can get great ride quality or you can get Contis there too. Lighter rims, stiffer wheelsets, and a round cross section tyre for superior handling don't all magically disappear just because it's a conti tubular!!