Next July in Dusseldorf (Germany), Northwave will report to the Grande Depart of the 104th Tour de France (July 1st-23rd), with Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert. The Belgian squad, winner of the 2016 Europe Tour classification, were awarded a grand tour wild card for the first time in their four-year history, during which they have always partnered with Northwave since the very beginning.
After a 2016 season characterized by 12 wins, with the highlight of Enrico Gasparotto’s Amstel Gold Race, Northwave equips Wanty-Groupe Gobert with the new Extreme RR shoes, the top-range road shoes of the 2017 collection, Extreme Light Pro socks and Podium 2 leisure shoes.
French youngster Guillaume Martin, Belgian Kenny De Haes and Italians Andrea Pasqualon and Danilo Napolitano are the top names of the Wanty roster for the 2017 season.
MEINTJES, CONTI, GANNA, CONSONNI: ABU DHABI’S YOUNGSTERS CHOOSE NORTHWAVE
Northwave has made a philosophy of working with the rising stars of World cycling in its over 20 years of history. Louis Meintjes, overall eighth at the 2016 Tour de France, Valerio Conti, stage-winner at the Vuelta a Espana, Slovenian Matej Mohoric and Italian neo-pros, Simone Consonni, Oliviero Troia and 2016 Individual Pursuit World Champion Filippo Ganna, will wear Extreme RR shoes to continue their progression to the biggest stage of the World Tour calendar.
Three more experienced riders of the UAE Abu Dhabi team, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Marko Kump and Marco Marcato, also chose Northwave and Extreme RR.
KREUZIGER GOES FOR CLASSICS GLORY WITH EXTREME RR
While consolidating bounds with its prospects, Northwave also brought in an established World cycling rider in Roman Kreuziger; overall fifth at 2013 Tour de France and winner of the Amstel Gold Race in the same year, the Orica-Scott Czech rider will ride in 2017 with Extreme RR shoes and Extreme Light Pro socks. The 30-year-old will be a key man for Orica-Scott’s GC leaders in grand tours, but will also enjoy his own chances for big goals, particularly in one-day Classics.
TEAM COLPACK LEADS THE NORTHWAVE GREEN LIGHT
Northwave confirms its effort in the U23 category with Team Colpack, Italy’s #1 youth team. After a wonderful 2016, the team from Lombardy, supplied with Extreme RR shoes, started the new season on a high, with three of their riders - Attilio Viviani, Federico Sartor and Francesco Lamon – being selected by the Italian National Team for the Vuelta a San Juan, in Argentina.
ALESSANDRO PETACCHI NEW BRAND & PRODUCT AMBASSADOR
Alongside the active athletes, a former cycling superstar like Alessandro Petacchi also joined Northwave team in a double role as brand & product ambassador and key consultant for road shoe product development, backed by the experience gained in 19 years of pro’ career. The Italian former World-Class sprinter’s palmares includes the 2005 Milan-Sanremo as well as 22 stages at Giro d’Italia, 5 at the Tour de France and 20 at the Vuelta a Espana.
NORTHWAVE EXTREME RR
Extreme RR (Road Race) is the most performing model ever produced by Northwave: a new design, a stiffer sole and, above all, the revolutionary XFrame® patented technology, finally eliminating for good the long-time issue of most of riders: the points of pressure of the upper on the foot. What makes Extreme RR a game changer is the combination of such ultra-soft and comfortable materials with a redesigned closure that sets new benchmarks in terms of fit uniformity around the entire foot.