Tafi tests new Scott on pavé
Andrea Tafi tests a special all-carbon Scott frame on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, which is set to
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Having recently announced that he will end his illustrious career at Paris-Roubaix in April, Andrea Tafi began the first stage of his build-up to his final event with a five-hour reconaissance of the course last Friday. Now riding for the Spanish Saunier Duval team, the Italian was accompanied by three team-mates and a considerable back-up team. But the main purpose of the trip was to test out a new 7kg all-carbon Scott bike that Tafi is hoping will give him an important edge in Paris-Roubaix. “When the bikes have been cleaned we will inspect the frame in close detail to see if there are any minute cracks in the material,” Tafi told La Dernire Heure. “If there are any problems we will know well in advance and will be able to rectify them, perhaps by adding another half kilo of carbon to strengthen the frame,” Tafi explained. “It seems initially that all is OK as we’ve tested them in the worst possible conditions. The idea is that when we come back here in April we will only have to worry about our heads and legs. And, believe me, that makes an enormous difference.” Tafi joined the recent condemnation of Roubaix organisers ASO’s decision to remove the Arenberg forest section of pav from this year’s route for safety reasons, saying that it removes some of the flavour of the race. However, at the insistence of Tafi’s three team-mates, the Saunier group rode the infamous Arenberg section.