Alberto Contador’s return to racing was expected to be accompanied by fireworks. Everyone expected him to put the hurt on the peloton with his mad climbing skills, but his breakout day on Stage 17 sealed the deal and put him in the red leader’s jersey. Having recently ridden the 2013 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Red myself, he had a little extra edge up his sleeve with both the bike and the new WiFli-equipped SRAM Red drivetrain.

WiFli includes a medium-cage rear derailleur that’s compatible with climbing-friendly cassettes of up to 11-32T. Its length reminds me of MTB rear derailleurs. If you’re climbing stuff that’s holy crap steep or coming from a triple, WiFli will be your best friend. WiFli is an available option in Apex, Rival, Force and Red grouppos. It looks a little odd with such a long cage on a road bike, but with Contador’s win, I’d say it’s certainly El Pistolero Approved.

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A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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