Dec 22, 2015 – Stages® Cycling is pleased to announce its continued supply of power meters to the defending Tour de France champions, Team Sky, in 2016. This next year represents the third season in which Team Sky will ride Stages Power, further solidifying the manufacturer’s position at the top of the power measurement category.
“As more and more players crowd the power segment, our constant developmental contact with Team Sky is a main factor in our differentiation and leadership in the category,” said Pat Warner, Stages vice president. “We treat every new year with Team Sky as an opportunity to make our products even better—2016 is no different.”
Team Sky will ride the second-generation Shimano Dura-Ace Stages Power meters that the Team helped vet for the retail market in 2015. As the Team strives to better their performance on the tarmac of the World Tour, Stages will continue to strive for its own marginal gains in the product it manufactures and sells to riders.
“We took a chance on Stages Cycling in 2014, and we were delighted with the results” said Carsten Jeppesen, Head of Technical Operations for Team Sky. “We proved their product meets our needs and they offered us great support. Even in the worst conditions this year, the new Stages meter was always reliable, consistent, and accurate.”
“Look at the success Team Sky had in 2015 with the Stages Power meter,” said Matt Pacocha, Stages marketing manager. “They won the Tour de France, and a second individual world time trial championship with this technology. We’re up to 11 world championship titles across our many cycling sponsorships, and there are very few meter manufacturers that can compete with our success on the racecourse. We feel this is continued proof that our system is more relevant and reliable than ever, for every rider looking to improve their performance on their bike.”
“For Team Sky, the Stages Power meter is one of our most valuable coaching tools,” said Tim Kerrison, Team Sky’s head of Athlete Performance. “And Stages continues to be a great partner that meets the needs of cyclists at all levels—from the amateur enthusiast who wishes to use power data to better inform and refine their training, to catering to what Team Sky needs at the highest level of professional road cycling.”
Stages Power meters featuring the new—Team Sky proven—generation-two housing are on sale now with models available for all disciplines of cycling. The new meter is slimmer, sleeker and stronger than the first generation meter, not to mention available at a new, more economical, price.
Stages plan to begin shipping carbon power meter models before the end of 2015.