Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, and the rest of British Team Sky, will switch to Stages Power meters in 2014, it has emerged.
The news comes less than a week before the season’s first WorldTour race, the Tour Down Under in Australia.
“We are humbled and honored to be collecting data for one of the best teams in the sport,” Stages Cycling senior vice president said in a press release. “It’s a huge responsibility and we both have great confidence that Stages Power can help Team Sky be successful this season.”
Sky, a team known for its strong focus on performance and the aggregation of marginal gains, has made the switch from SRM power meters, which it used until the end of the 2013 season.
It’s another feather in the cap for Colorado-based Stages Power, whose system measures power output in the left-hand crank and transmits data via ANT+ to head units such as Garmin, or via Bluetooth 4.0 to smartphones.
Tim Kerrison, Team Sky’s Head of Performance Support, who was instrumental in masterminding Wiggins’ 2012 Tour de France triumph said: “As a team, we see the power meter as a very useful tool. The results that we get, both from training and racing, help us to quantify how our riders are performing, which then allows us to make informed coaching decisions.
“Stages has worked hard to develop a high quality product that is extremely lightweight, reliable and simple to use, while retaining the precision and accuracy that we require at Team Sky.”
Check out BikeRadar‘s review of the Shimano 7900 Stages power meter.