Lasse Norman Hansen has taken the first UCI professional road race win with a 1x drivetrain bike, the 3T Strada, sprinting to victory on stage one of Australia’s Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
The Danish rider, who had already finished third in the opening prologue, now wear’s the race leader’s yellow jersey.
Naturally, no one is saying that Norman Hansen won because he’s on a 1x 3T Strada – he’s an experienced pro rider who won gold in the omnium at the 2012 Olympics – but his victory appears to demonstrate that a bike with a single chainring and a wide-ranging cassette can cut it at the top level.
Aqua Blue Sport, the Irish UCI Professional Continental cycling team, began riding the 3T Strada at the start of this year. Obviously, it's a disc brake bike, although victory on disc brake bike barely warrants a comment these days.
Our man Dave Arthur reviewed the bike for road.cc last November and it’s fair to say that he was highly impressed.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.