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


Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the team. He's remarkably good at it.