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First pro win for Shimano Di2 at Paris Nice

Roy rides to victory with electronic shifters

Jeremy Roy's victory in Stage 5 of Paris Nice last week was not just a momentous moment for you young Frenchman – the first professional win of his career, it was also a big day Shimano  – the first professional win for a bike, (FdJ ride Lapierres), equipped with their new electronic shifting version of the Dura Ace groupset.

The Francaise des Jeaux rider was part of the days decisive break and then put the hammer down with 6.7Km to go to the finish to take the stage. 

We had a look at the new groupset last year at Eurobike, and it certainly performed impressively on a turbo (watch the video of the Di2 demo). Shimano will be relieved to see that it can also deliver in the pro peloton too.

The electronic variety of Dura Ace is currently expected to hit UK bike shops in May.

Picture: Cor Vos


Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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