Here are a few thoughts in response to this:
1. In a pro race scenario, team work is more important than the bike's aero-ness. For example, Lance had Heras, Hincapie, Rubiera, Leipheimer, etc. to improve his "aerodynamics". The only situation where bike aerodynamics are that important is in a breakaway situation... That does not mean the aero bike itself is not faster.
2. Pros are paid to ride whatever they are given.
FInally, I agree it's the rider that makes the most difference. But bikes can help a bit...
Also a comment on the other gentleman's post reagarding Venge being harsh for Zinn -- Zinn and Cav probably do not necessarily have the same level of physical fitness, riding preference and priorities... Plus tires, saddle, tape can all make a big difference on comfort, as has been said many times before.
Top Twenty of the Tour de France 2011:
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
4 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard
6 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
7 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD
8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
10 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
12 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
13 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
14 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
15 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
16 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack
17 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
18 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo
19 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad
20 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
Number of non-TT road bikes that would be considered "aero" ridden during the tour by racers who finished in the top twenty of the 2011 Tour de France: 0
Will it make a difference on a one-day race (or stage) ? Possibly. It depends on the stage and the rider, really.
Of the number of classics this year, how many were won on an 'aero' road bike?
How many were won on an non 'aero' road bike?
Is there a way we can gather all of the Pro Tour sprint-finishes this year and see how many were won on an aero bike vs. how many were won against other riders on aero bikes?
Will this ultimately point to what we keep reminding ourselves all along: it's the rider that makes the difference most of all, and the frame the least in terms of 'aero' on a bike?
Fast falcons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFcWk
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