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I.G. de Galdeano was riding 650c wheels in the '03 Vuelta (?)(5 posts)

I.G. de Galdeano was riding 650c wheels in the '03 Vuelta (?)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 22, 2004 12:42 PM
just watching the DVD of last year's vuelta for the first time last night. figured it was his larger frames or the deep-dish carbon wheels next to the other bikes, but i'm pretty sure now that he was riding 650c wheels in the mountains.

can anyone confirm this? aside from the obvious gearing advantage to smaller wheels (on the road), what other reasons behind 650c wheels could possibly justify their use by ONCE?
The new Cyclsport said Once had a 650c bikeDave Hickey
Jan 22, 2004 12:48 PM
They didn't show any pictures...
The new Cyclsport said Once had a 650c bikeCARBON110
Jan 22, 2004 2:49 PM
I wouldn't trust that Cycle Sport mag Dave ROFL!!!! No pictures eh, most likely the whole story is a fabrication!

HAHAHAHHA just kidn!
Special bikes.JS
Jan 22, 2004 12:56 PM
Lighter weight for climbing, these are climbing bikes only. Manolo Saiz (Director) is a technogeek. Jalabert also rode a 650c climbing bike when he was with ONCE and when he switched to CSC he had a custom LOOK 650c made.
that was my impression toocyclopathic
Jan 22, 2004 1:03 PM
but I think it was only in mountains